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San Jose A’s

Posted by davefowkes on 02/23/2009

My prediction: in the year 2020 we will be calling them the San Jose A’s!

On Friday the A’s officially pulled the plug on the idea of the Fremont A’s. The organization asked Fremont city officials to cease all planning and environmental reports for a potential stadium. A couple of months ago they had already revised their so called ballpark village idea near hwy-880 and Auto Mall Parkway.

So what is next for the Athletics? This is a no-brainer. It has been discussed, it has been ruled out, but in the end it will happen. The A’s will build a new ballpark in the downtown San Jose area.

The Giants own the territorial rights which is why this project has not gone forward yet. This is the reason that Lew Wolff and the A’s have concentrated on Fremont. But times are changing.

In this economy the idea of building a new stadium anywhere is rather ridiculous. Just ask the 49ers and Raiders. But the economy will not be down forever. And when it starts to come back the A’s and baseball are going to have to work together to find a new home.

Football encourages its owners when it comes to new stadiums. They even offer loans from the league. It has not helped us here in the Bay Area but it certainly has helped other new projects get built. Baseball has not done that. It is much more of a take care of yourself atmosphere. Financially that is fine. But geographically baseball will eventually be forced to look at the A’s and decide what is best for the game.

What is best for baseball is to have a team in San Jose. It has the fan base, it has the support and oh yeah, it has the money! Sure the A’s can rekindle their talks with Fremont or look to Dublin or even Sacramento. But Lew Wolff is a businessman first, and I know in a rebounding economy he is going to have to focus on San Jose. When the time is right, MLB will be forced to negotiate an agreement between the Giants and the A’s for territorial right. I am sure the A’s will pay for the privilege, but it will be in everyone best interest to see the A’s move to San Jose!

Fremont A’s? Sacramento A’s? Dublin A’s? Las Vegas A’s? Even the Oakland A’s? The money, the infrastructure, the common sense is all in San Jose. Someday it will happen! It may not be soon, but it will happen!!!

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