ANAHEIM – The criticism of the Oakland A’s home ballpark persists, and this time it was Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig who did the bashing.
“It’s a pit,” Selig said of O.co Coliseum during an interview on the John Feinstein show. “It reminds me of old County Stadium (in Milwaukee) and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”
He was off on the timeline a bit.
It’s been 4 ½ years since Selig appointed a committee in March 2009 to research the A’s options for building a new stadium in the Bay Area. They’re blocked from moving to San Jose, as they wish to do, because the Giants own territorial rights to Santa Clara County. The city of San Jose has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball for the right to lure the A’s.
Major League Baseball has asked a federal judge to toss out the lawsuit.
A’s co-owner Lew Wolff had not seen Selig’s comments and wished not to directly address them.
“My feeling is the Coliseum is in shape to welcome us for the playoffs, and I’m excited that it is,” Wolff told CSN California. “My focus is on the playoffs and not the Coliseum. The more (playoff) games we can play there, the happier I’ll be.”
Selig, on the John Feinstein Show, was asked what has taken the committee so long to produce its findings.
“I’ll tell you, it’s far more complex,” Selig said. “Look, you have one team that wants to move and the other team doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very complicated situation. Before I leave, I’m satisfied we’ll work out something.”
Selig has said he plans to step down as commissioner following the 2014 season. Is Wolff confident of a resolution by then?
“I’m following the process,” Wolff said. “… We’re still going to be in Oakland for a long time (regardless).”
The A’s, preparing for the postseason after clinching the American League West championship, are set to host nationally televised playoff games in a stadium that has drawn negative attention lately for sewage leaks in the clubhouse and home dugout.
“I’m not happy about it,” Selig said of postseason play at the Coliseum. “It’s an unfortunate mess. I wish there was an easy solution, but in truth, there is not an easy solution.”