Monday, February 23, 2009

A's Staying in Oakland?

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

The owners of the Oakland A's have abandoned their plans to pack up and move the team to Fremont. A's officials told the San Francisco Chronicle about their decision last Friday, but did not indicate whether the team plans to remain in Oakland or attempt to move elsewhere. A's co-owner Lew Wolff had hoped to build a new ballpark in Fremont, but his two preferred sites were met with stiff opposition from area businesses and residents. The A's have been unhappy for years at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the oldest dual-purpose stadium in the country. But with the economy in the tank, it seems likely that the team will remain in Oakland for the foreseeable future - unless Wolff can convince Major League Baseball to let him move the A's to San Jose. And for all of you out there who predicted that the A's would never move to Fremont -- you were right and we were wrong.

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