Here’s one I missed from over the weekend: In a court filing late Friday, MLB lawyers revealed that league commissioner Bud Selig formally rejected Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff’s request to move the team to San Jose:
MLB lawyers revealed that the league denied the A’s relocation request in a June 17 letter from Selig, who “formally notified the Athletics’ ownership that he was not satisfied with the club’s relocation proposal.” San Jose filed its lawsuit against MLB the following day, alleging the league had violated antitrust laws and unlawfully interfered with a November 2011 option agreement between the city and the A’s to buy ballpark land.
That’s big news, since we’ve been waiting for years for Selig to rule on whether the A’s can move to San Jose, right? Except that’s not what he actually did, reports the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser:
Multiple sources with knowledge of the case said that MLB did not outrightly reject an A’s move to San Jose, despite that contention in court documents filed Friday as part of the city’s lawsuit against the league…
Selig’s June 17 letter addressed only the details of the stadium relocation proposal – not the principle of relocation, the sources say.
That’s all a bit vague, but still, the upshot is clear: Selig was just rejecting this request for the A’s the move to San Jose, not ruling out such a move forever. That decision is still in limbo pending the resolution of the A’s territorial-rights battle with the San Francisco Giants, which will be happening right about the time that the universe is destroyed by a new universe bubbling up to replace it.
The bigger question now that we know that Selig sent this letter back in June, meanwhile, is: Why back in June? Did Wolff issue some formal request for relocation back in May that we didn’t hear about? Does Selig just send out these letters every couple of months, in case his lawyers need them in legal proceedings? Is the Higgs boson really going to kill us all? (Okay, that’s actually four questions, but you know what I mean.)