In new interview, Manfred reiterates desire to keep A’s in Oakland
The Oakland Athletics recently gave Billy Beane and David Forst promotions, even after the A’s finished 2015 a dismal 68-94.
That they would do such a thing speaks to the organizational philosophy and support of Beane and his front office, even in a ‘lost’ season.
Of course, with the A’s, their long-term future remains at the forefront of most discussions. In the wake of Monday’s news that the Supreme Court effectively killed San Jose’s hopes of luring the A’s from Oakland to a new ballpark by denying the city’s appeal of its lawsuit against MLB, the question of where the Green and Gold will play in the future remains a key issue.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times published an interview between reporter Bill Shaikin and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. In the chat, Manfred touched on a number of hot-button issues surrounding the league, but his comments on the A’s situation were especially pointed.
Shaikin asked Manfred if he had any interest in speaking with the city of San Jose now that the lawsuit is a thing of the past, to which Manfred said the following:
I want the A’s to stay in Oakland. It’s a very fundamental policy of baseball. We favor franchise stability. I think it is possible to get a stadium done in Oakland, and that remains my preference.
Manfred spoke a bit about the A’s staying in Oakland (or not) back in June, and his most recent statement echoes the sort of sentiment he sent out back then.
Whether it can actually happen, of course, remains to be seen. Until it is resolved one way or another, the A’s will continue to call the much-maligned O.co Coliseum ‘home’.