Looks like my conspiracy theory may be right: Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff anointed San Jose as the front-runner for the team’s new home yesterday, telling reporters, “We are really saying that we’d love to stay in Northern California, and go to San Jose. Wolff added: “From a preparation point of view, they are in as good a position as any city in California.”
Perhaps more tellingly, Wolff said he expected a decision from the league on the San Francisco Giants‘ territorial rights to that city “by the end of the season, maybe sooner. I hope sooner” — the first public indication that MLB is preparing to officially reopen the question of rights to Santa Clara County, which were assigned to the Giants nearly 20 years ago when that team was mulling a move to San Jose.
Wolff also rattled the non-threat threat saber, hinting that another unnamed city outside of the Bay Area could acquire the A’s if San Jose falls through: “If we want to stay in Northern California we don’t want to get on a plane and go to another city… I won’t name that city.” Wait, wait, don’t tell me!