Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The Oakland Athletics are continuing their embarrassing stadium tour, with the latest stop being a huge metropolitan area with a massive preexisting A’s fanbase... South Jordan, Utah! Steve Starks, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Company, which built Smith’s Ballpark, confirmed the team’s visit and interest.
A statement from Steve Starks, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Company, regarding the Athletics visit to Utah Thursday. pic.twitter.com/lq79hYfXPx— Big League Utah (@BigLeagueUtah) January 19, 2024
Smith’s currently hosts the home games for the Salt Lake Bees, the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, who were planning to move to the new privately-financed South Jordan stadium in 2025. However, if the A’s end up choosing Utah as its temporary home, that would force the Bees to stay put at the older park while the A’s get the pretty new one. Once again, John Fisher’s out here wrecking havoc on communities with no remorse and other members of the rich dude club are enabling him.
If A’s ownership is scared to face its Bay Area fans during its nomadic period, it now has a less hostile option in Utah. The state is trying to attract its own MLB franchise, so theoretically hosting an existing one for a few seasons may help their case. However, the Smith’s ballpark only fits around 14,500 people and the South Jordan one will barely seat half of that with a capacity of 7,500. So even if they pack the stands, it doesn’t indicate much at the major league scale.
Regardless, the fact that Fisher has to consider venues in places 750 miles away where Major League Baseball has never existed shows how fractured the team’s relationship is with its once-loyal Bay Area fanbase. It’ll surely be an embarrassment but we already know John Fisher has zero shame left in his body.
On that note, let’s take at what else is going on around the league!
- Athletics announce the signing of 16 international free agents
- Get to Know the 14 Players the A’s Signed to Minor League Deals
- A’s Interim Options and Why They’re All Bad
- Soderstrom on debut season, adjustments for ‘24
- Detroit Tigers Add Former A’s Reliever
MLB News & Interest:
- Astros, Josh Hader Agree To Five-Year Contract
- Cardinals Sign Matt Carpenter To One-Year Deal
- Yankees Claim Diego Castillo, Designate Jeter Downs For Assignment
- Yankees Designate Bubba Thompson For Assignment
- Latest On Dylan Cease’s Trade Candidacy
- Should we really be talking about a new home for the White Sox? ($)
- Gary Sheffield, one of baseball’s great offensive forces, is still defending himself ($)
Best of X:
Truly depressing how many years of this franchise John Fisher decided to waste.
Check the date. If they had stuck with this level of simplicity, it probably already would have happened. https://t.co/t9IM3ob0yx— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) January 19, 2024
I’m parallel path’d out.
I love that the A's are now trying to parallel path their other parallel path that's led to them having nowhere to play for 3 years. And they still don't even have either of their 1st two paths secured. pic.twitter.com/MlToEEmd3j— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) January 19, 2024
I get the argument on both sides.— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) January 19, 2024
And I’m not going to fault anyone who disagrees.
And I love the Kings and I love the Mayor and everyone working on this from Sac’s side.
But respectfully, I can’t look at A’s fan or myself in the mirror being complicit in this.
I vote no. https://t.co/rg1rOn28zO
Should we rebrand to Couch Surfers Nation?