Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
The A’s won, 23-2! No, that wasn’t the score of last night’s ballgame. Things are still pretty grim on the field for the A’s this year. But A’s fans and the organization alike have cause to celebrate after the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) overwhelmingly voted to remove 56 acres at Howard Terminal from port designation.
Losing the vote would have stopped the project dead in its tracks. So this was a big victory, but significant hurdles lie ahead. As Casey Pratt at ABC 7 News Bay Area tweeted yesterday, Commissioner John Gioia summarized the process with a pretty nice analogy in comments he made ahead of yesterday’s vote:
Our waterfront ballpark dreams may be in scoring position! The next major milestone would be for the A’s and City of Oakland to come to terms on a development agreement and community benefits package. Sarah Ravani at the San Francisco Chronicle recently provided some details on the state of these negotiations. These terms will require final approval from Oakland’s City Council. Ravani also reported yesterday that per A’s President Dave Kaval, both sides are meeting weekly to reach an agreement, and the team is pushing for a final vote by late September or early October.
If the City Council votes to approve the development, the final stretch will involve getting a development permit from the same BCDC that voted on Howard Terminal’s port designation yesterday. Some members of the commission indicated that “robust” discussion will take place on whether or not to grant final approval.
There are other potential wrinkles along the way. On July 5th, the City Council will decide whether to put the project to an advisory ballot measure this November. The project also faces legal challenges from interested parties including the Union Pacific Railroad.
Oakland’s dream ballpark still has that 180 feet to go before it can be assured that shovels will hit the ground. But after decades of going in circles, this stadium quest seems akin to meaningful baseball. Brodie Brazil at NBCS tweeted another apt analogy: we’re in the playoffs now and each contest is a win or go to Vegas affair.
When I see complacency about the A's stadium journey (it's taken too long already, or it has too many votes)... I'd just like to remind everyone..— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) July 1, 2022
1) It's in the playoffs now...
2) and it just advanced a round.
3) this is the hard/worthwhile part of the whole process
And to extend the analogy:
Ultimately getting Alameda County's binding vote, another BCDC approval, and beating a handful of lawsuits... that's the World Series.— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) July 1, 2022
(Putting shovels in the ground is the championship parade.)
For now, savor yesterday’s win—the next big development could be just a few days away.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend, AN!
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- Wirth: A’s Oakland ballpark project gets ‘huge victory’ with key vote
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Best of Twitter:
This pretty much captures the zeitgeist.
The A's have lost 4 in a row, are 24.5 GB of first place, have MLB's worst record (25-53) and worst run differential (-116) but how bout that @sfbcdc vote— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) July 1, 2022
New lows (or perhaps new highs?) in strike calling achieved.
Already missing Cristian.
Skye Bolt couldn’t handle this one. Brutal misplay pic.twitter.com/HcfF8xzXB3— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) July 1, 2022
Kotsay on Pache being optioned to Triple-A.
Mark Kotsay on sending down Cristian Pache: "I think he's at a place where he understands who he needs to be as a player to have success and what to do to get back here, which is consistent at-bats and line drives. I think it's the right time to give him a breather as well."— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 1, 2022
The Elvis countdown.
311 PAs til Elvis’ $15M player option for 2023 becomes guaranteed. 84 games after tonight so that’s like 3.7 per game from here on out https://t.co/krNyztcv90— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) July 1, 2022
Guy Sliwinski lends his talents to the cause!
Hal the Hot Dog Guy absolutely killed it in 60 seconds. 11/10!
Yeah, but that was literally last century.
Shohei, you are amazing. But you signed with the wrong team!
Over the last three weeks, Shohei Ohtani has put up 2.5 Wins Above Replacement. He has been the single best pitcher in baseball and the 15th-most-productive offensive player.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 30, 2022
So many take for granted what he's doing. Don't. This is a once-in-a-lifetime show. Relish greatness.