Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig reiterated his belief that the Oakland A’s need a new ballpark, saying he was saddened that he didn’t see the team moved out of O.co Coliseum before he steps downs after 22 years at the helm.
The A’s recently signed a 10-year lease extension at the Coliseum but they like to move to San Jose and build a new ballpark there.
However, the A’s relocation efforts have been blocked by the Giants, who claim territorial rights to the south bay and steadfastly refuse to give up the prosperous region, from where they generate a significant part of their revenue.
In June 2013, San Jose filed suit against Major League Baseball for standing in the way of the A’s relocation, which Selig said has only further slowed down their search for a new home.
In March 2009, Selig appointed a three-person committee to study the A’s stadium situation, but it has never made a public recommendation. Selig most recently threw his weight behind the A’s in their lease negotiations and supported the idea of them building a new stadium at the Coliseum site.
When informed that some of the A’s fans blame him for the current situation, Selig said, “I didn’t create the stadium, nor did I create the controversy. I’m the one sitting in the middle of it.”
“I’d like to resolve the issue like we did everywhere else, but this is unique in that you have two teams that have very dissimilar opinions,” he added.
Meanwhile, Selig said the reformation of baseball’s economic system – which has allowed franchises like the Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals to flourish – stands as the biggest accomplishment of his stint.