Hold onto your hats: Bud Selig’s blue-ribbon Oakland A’s relocation committee has actually done something! Okay, it’s just meeting with Oakland and San Jose officials to discuss the status of their respective stadium plans, which does nothing to resolve the underlying standoff between the A’s and Giants over territorial rights, but hey, it’s something.
Meanwhile, Oakland officials have apparently put forward yet another possible stadium site, to go with the Coliseum City concept that no one is all that excited about: the Howard Terminal shipping facility just north of Jack London Square, which is owned by the Port of Oakland and could be made available for a stadium MLB, reports the Oakland Tribune, has indicated that it would “prefer a waterfront stadium near downtown,” and the Howard Terminal site qualifies, though unlike the Coliseum site it’s nearly a mile from the nearest BART public transit stop.
A’s owner Lew Wolff reacted to the new plan with characteristic distaste, telling the Tribune: “We have analyzed Howard Terminal upside down and sideways, and it has no ability to be implemented for a ballpark.” But of course he’s going to say that, as any possibility for a stadium in Oakland makes it even less likely that he can convince Selig to wrest San Jose from the clutches of the Giants’ territorial-rights lawyers. Whether he’d consider it if San Jose were off the table is unknown, and probably will remain so unless Selig’s committee returns a verdict against his move to San Jose. Which is to say, we’ll probably be waiting forever.