The A’s still don’t have much clarity on their quest for a new ballpark in Oakland, but at least they know Major League Baseball is firmly in their corner.
During a media session Thursday at AT&T Park, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated that “it’s my goal to help the A's get a new facility, which they desperately need, in Oakland.”
The A’s efforts to build a new venue appear squarely focused in Oakland right now, specifically at the Coliseum site. But there’s the not-so-small issue of the Raiders also looking to build at the same location, and that’s problematic.
Businessman Floyd Kephart, fronting the proposed Coliseum City project that could conceivably include new stadiums for both the Raiders and A’s, reportedly has presented a financing plan to Oakland city officials. The specifics of that plan haven’t been released due to a confidentiality agreement.
Even if that ambitious project does get off the ground, A’s managing partner Lew Wolff told the Bay Area News Group on Sunday that he has no desire to share the Coliseum site with the Raiders when it comes to building a new facility. Raiders owner Mark Davis does not appear keen on sharing the site either, and Manfred said last week that he doesn’t see it as realistic for both the A’s and Raiders to build stadiums on the site.
The Raiders also are teaming with the San Diego Chargers on a potential plan to build a stadium to share in the Southern California city of Carson. That development obviously affects the A’s because if the Raiders were to leave Oakland, it presumably would leave a much easier path for the A’s to try and get a baseball stadium built at the Coliseum site.
In an interview with CSNCalifornia.com last week, Manfred said he met with local political leaders during a stop in Oakland and stressed his belief to keep any MLB franchise from relocating.
“From Major League Baseball’s perspective, our fundamental policy is to try to keep our teams in the market they currently exist,” Manfred said. “We want to have stability in terms of our franchises.”