It hasn’t been easy for the Oakland Athletics to stay relevant over the years, but the A’s have been absolutely stellar for the better part of the last decade. With that being said, lack of attendance and overall revenue puts the Oakland franchise in a tight spot. Such a tight spot that the organization actually made plans to move to San Jose in order to generate more income — those plans were eventually shot down by MLB.
As a reaction, San Jose City is suing MLB for not allowing the A’s to make the trek away from the city of Oakland.
While this lawsuit is likely to get dragged on for months, the underlying issue is just how great the team on the field is. Not to mention, the uncanny job that general manager Billy Beane has done to keep the green and yellow squad competitive on a yearly basis. It should be the players getting talked about; instead, pundits across the game of baseball are forced to key in on the tiresome battles in the front office.
No professional team should have to worry about pipes breaking in the locker room. However, the Seattle Mariners had to share a locker room with the A’s after Sunday’s game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum due to a sewage leak. As a baseball fan, it’s disheartening to see so many talented players held back by inefficient equipment. Hopefully, San Jose can win the lawsuit and provide the Athletics with a permanent home free of all this drama.
Unfortunately, Josh Reddick and the first-place A’s will continue to be overshadowed by a dysfunctional front office.