Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
“Rooted in Oakland?” More like, “Eloping to Las Vegas,” it seems.
In April, with little to say about their Bay Area roots, the Oakland Athletics entered into a land purchase agreement on 49 acres in Las Vegas that could potentially be the site for the team’s new stadium. Feeling sucker punched, the City of Oakland’s leadership immediately pulled out of negotiations to clear the way for Plan A, a $1.2 billion waterfront ballpark development project at Howard Terminal.
Hopes of those negotiations restarting seem dimmer than ever now, as the exclusive negotiating agreement between the A’s and the port of Oakland for Howard Terminal expired at midnight last night. Sarah Ravani at the San Francisco Chronicle reported on the impending expiration yesterday.
Port commissioners met yesterday and announced they planned no further action on the agreement, while the A’s remained silent on the matter. It seems the team has essentially ghosted the city they have called home for over 50 years.
Since A’s president Dave Kaval announced the Vegas purchase agreement last month, much has been made of the apparent lack of a solid plan to complete the development, most notably due to a lack of public commitment to help fund the project’s estimated cost of $1.5 billion.
But the A’s have since developed potential alternatives, and all of them are in Las Vegas. You may hope for a reversal of this situation—the most promising scenario being that A’s owner John Fisher could be forced to sell due to his mismanagement of the team, which has been broadly condemned by baseball fans, journalists, and prominent figures alike.
I feel that the writing is on the wall. But I’d love to be wrong.
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- Ravani: A’s Howard Terminal stadium plan in question as Oakland port agreement set to expire ($)
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- Shultz: Oakland A’s still comparing different Las Vegas ballpark sites, nothing is ‘off the table’
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Best of Twitter:
Blue honored upon A’s return to the Coli.
A moment for Vida pic.twitter.com/NGExOlZzsz— Oakland A's (@Athletics) May 12, 2023
More from Pratt on the A’s growing momentum towards Vegas.
Things are moving FAST in Las Vegas. It’ll be interesting to see what’s in the bill and how it will be received. #Athletics https://t.co/mGsxqBGTLH— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) May 12, 2023
A'S MOVES: RHP Mason Miller to A’s IL, RHP Rico Garcia to LV, RHPs Luis Medina & Zach Neal to A’s, RHP Norge Ruiz off LV development list, OF Caeden Trenkle to LAN IL, OF Clark Elliott to LAN, OF Nelson Beltran to STK, RHP Adrian Martinez to LV on rehab… https://t.co/joKXkyUAPy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) May 12, 2023
Manfred sang a different tune back then.
2019 pic.twitter.com/fJkaRZ6DPN— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) May 11, 2023
Seth Brown (oblique) hit on the field today and said the plan is for him to play his first rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 11, 2023