Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by Aragorn, Apr 1, 2021.
So the A's finally gave up on California letting them get...anything at all...done?
Looks like the lease at o.shithole runs out after 2024, so realistically, they need to get moving on whatever plan they hope to achieve like right now. Especially if they have to move to another city/state.
I fucking LOLed at Manfred citing Montreal as a potential relocation site. There is absolutely no private financing available there for a billion-dollar stadium, and the opposition to public financing for such is beyond monumental. There's absolutely no straight shot to a new park being built there.
What about Vancouver, or is that Mariners territory? (Or does MLB just assume all of Canada roots for the Blue Jays?)
I think my favorite thing in Baseball this year are players' aggressive baserunning as an "F-You" to the shift. It's a beautiful thing seeing action in Baseball and not three true outcomes.
I heard a great question asked during the Red's broadcast the other night, "What would Ricky Henderson do if he were playing today...would he be allowed to steal a hundred a year and how many times would steal Home against the shift?"
What a thought.
One of the ways to bust the shift is to "run" against it and throw them off their defensive set-up and open holes. And the other o/c is to choke up and hit the other fuckin' way.
The A's would be playing in San Jose today if MLB had any guts, instead Bud and the gang formed a "committee" that did jack.
Not sure why MLB has gone out of their way to screw the A's, sure they want to pay for the stadium but they are still trying to rip the city off, and MLB loves that.
Another great effort by Ohtani wasted.
The guy has an ERA of 2.10, and is tied for the AL lead in home runs.
Whether you're an Angels fan or not, you gotta love this guy. Too bad we're on our way to another sub-.500 season.
The Mariners have territorial rights to Vancouver, yeah. They shit bricks when Vancouver was on the initial list of expansion cities in the early '90s, which was ironic because at that time the current ownership was threatening to move the team to Florida.
And in response, Rob Manfred would make stealing illegal.
And Rickey would just go ahead and try to do it anyway. Because Rickey.
Red-legs Win in 10...th to beat the ass-hole Pirates 5-1
Partly thanks to the Space Ghost rule.
I think this is a last Hail Mary - but the City of Oakland's government and political leadership is a hot mess. The A's could offer to pay to rebuild the entire city and the Council might still hem and haw over some obscure permit.
I hope they leave - I hate it for the die hard City fans who have stuck with them through thick and thin, but it's time.
Maybe they could move back to Philliy and dig up Connie Mac.
I still don't understand why the A's don't build a new ballpark on the existing site. They said something about it being "not viable", but that's not an answer.
I mean, they have the existing fan base, ready-made transit access, they can build a new stadium while continuing to use the old one (there's more than enough room)...so what's the downside?
My understanding is that they don't own the ground, and they would have to buy it from the county. I would imagine the price is very, very high.
To be fair, the current proposal comes in at near $12 billion, with the A’s kicking in $1 billion.
Typical low-ballers. Rolling in dough and wanting to use other people's $.
"Not viable" is owner code for "the public won't finance a monument to our glory and they're being bed-wetting doodyheads who insist we pay for it ourselves." A few years ago they offered to buy the Coliseum outright and renovate it themselves, but the city declined, because they love that sweet, sweet rent money, especially now that the Raiders are gone.
The thing that boggles my mind is that this was literally a solved problem like five years ago. The A's had a site in San Jose, they had private financing lined up and a stadium designed, and the Giants decided to shit a brick and have the mother of all tantrums over it. Literally the only reason the Giants even have those rights in the first place is because Walter Haas was sympathetic to the Giants' struggles for a new park, so he ceded the San Jose territorial rights from the A's to the Giants, so they would at least have some options if they couldn't get out of Candlestick.
No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.
SoFi was the most expensive, by far, modern stadium at $5.5B, followed by MetLife at $2.03B. Spankee Stadium II is the highest baseball park at $1.82B.
How TF does this one manage to be $11-12B?
(And I had to confirm this by looking at a map to make sure I hadn't gone insane)
The A's are closer to the Giants now than where they could potentially be if they moved to San Jose!
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