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Move or... No Move?

These are the 10 points that my godfather and I came up and I read on A's Fan Radio 2 weeks ago why the A's will most likely stay in Oakland

Move or . . . No Move?

1.    We are not dealing with Steve Schott -- he got "shot down" with respect to his plan to move the team to San Jose and he has "left the building."

2.    Lewis Wolff comes to the A's with a great reputation:

a.    He keeps his word.
b.    He has had a lifetime of experience dealing with huge business deals and has always accomplished what he set out to achieve.
c.    He is very, very smart besides being highly experienced.
d.    He has retained the very best group of people to handle building a new stadium, including real estate attorney (Mike Dean), real estate developer (Glenn Isaacson, who developed City Center at 12th & Broadway) and a former politician (Dick Spees), who really knows the City of Oakland and Oakland politics intimately.
e.    He can out-maneuver, out-flank and out-fire the opposition at every turn.  He not only has good strategy, he has good tactics, as well.

3.    Inertia plays a big role in keeping the team in Oakland.  That is the principle of physics which states that a thing that is stationary will likely continue to be stationary and a thing that is moving will probably keep moving.  The A's have been stationary since 1968 - 38 years.

4.    History would indicate that the A's will stay in Oakland.  In the 1970's, Charlie Finley was going to sell his best players and then sell the team, which would probably be bought by a group that would move the team to Denver.  The then-commissioner of baseball Bowie Kuhn nixed that plan.  In the 1990's, Steve Schott was going to move the team to San Jose, but that fell through when Bud Selig lined up with the San Francisco Giants and said that San Jose was the exclusive territory of the San Francisco Giants.

5.    Lew Wolff has to put some pressure on the Oakland government to at least get behind a move to keep the A's in Oakland, even if it does not financially assist the owners in building a new ballpark.  There are certain tax concessions that the City can make that would help the owners build a new ballpark.  After all, the City subsidized the building of condominiums at 20th and Telegraph (a site that was once seriously considered for a new ballpark) to the tune of $54 million.  All that the team would now be asking for is probably some tax concessions, not an outright gift of real property on which to build a new ballpark.

6.    Wolff also needs to put some pressure on the property owners northwest of the Coliseum to be more reasonable with respect to their demands for compensation if their land is purchased for a ballpark.

7.    Thus, the discussion of other sites in Oakland, including auto row near 27th and Broadway, as well as the current suggestion that the team might be looking seriously at sites in Fremont.  Wolff knows that he has to keep the people guessing as to his real intentions.

8.    Finally, consider the fact that Wolff is floating a trial balloon to extend the lease at the Coliseum.  That is hardly something that one would do if he was planning to pull up stakes in the middle of the night and leave town.

9.    In short, look for the A's to be here for the foreseeable future.  And now, on to October and the World Series!  

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