I honestly don’t know what to make of this Tim Kawakami piece on the Oakland A’s, which uses unsourced claims to argue six ways from Sunday that the A’s move to San Jose is completely, utterly dead:
The A’s dream of moving to San Jose is all but barricaded, at least for the foreseeable future…
The move to San Jose — as it stands now and probably for at least as long as Fisher and Wolff own the A’s — is not happening…
For months, every credible independent source I’ve talked to about the A’s future has insisted that there is almost zero chance that a move to San Jose will be approved.
Specifically, these sources — all involved with the highest levels of the sport — say that the A’s chances at a San Jose move were always distant.
And after the lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball by the city of San Jose, the idea of a move has essentially lost any ownership support they might have ever had.
Kawakami specifies that these “independent” sources are independent of the San Francisco Giants, who are trying their darnedest to put a stake through the heart of any San Jose A’s talk. He also writes that “these sources also emphasize that Fisher and Wolff have not endeared themselves to other owners by crying poor while simultaneously collecting massive revenue-sharing checks — $30 million per year or more — and turning very nice profits.” Which would seem to mitigate for them wanting to get the A’s into San Jose and off the revenue-sharing list — big-market teams were barred from getting league payments in the last collective bargaining agreement, which runs through 2016, but Oakland got an exemption until they get a new stadium — but you never can tell with baseball owners.
Anyway, I’m certainly as pessimistic as anyone about an A’s move to San Jose ever coming to fruition, but this seems to be another level of coffin-nailing. Kawakami was one of the first to notice that the Golden State Warriors‘ San Francisco arena plans were running into trouble, so maybe he knows something we don’t know — or maybe he just needed some way of getting a column topic out of A’s manager Bob Melvin not complaining about the latest Oakland Coliseum plumbing problems.