San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is making a significant push to build a new stadium for the Oakland Athletics, and is requesting to meet with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss a new ballpark.
Regardless of what an Athletics fan says, the Oakland Coliseum is undoubtedly the worst stadium remaining in the bigs. Selig assigned a special committee to handle the possible move of the A’s to San Jose from Oakland, but the transition has been less than smooth. The San Francisco Giants have objected to the move because of territorial rights associated with AT&T Park, which supposedly controls the San Jose area.
Oakland is currently functioning on one of baseball’s cheapest payrolls, and to win without money in the major leagues is all but impossible (insert Florida Marlins or Colorado Rockies comment). By moving to Silicon Valley, Oakland would no longer have to rely on revenue from other organizations, and could change the mindset from being relevant, to being a contender for a World Series championship.
San Jose officials have approved environmental studies to build the new stadium near the HP Pavilion, showing the commitment the city has to stealing the A’s from Oakland. Meanwhile, Oakland still seems confident they can keep the A’s in their birthplace and build a new ball park. Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff, however, has said his franchise has reached the end of its relationship with Oakland.
Moving the Oakland Athletics would be a better move for the franchise, their fans and their opponents. Better facilities would benefit all parties involved, leaving only the City of Oakland bitter after the transition.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.