Manfred Endorses A’s Oakland Stadium Plan

A Commissioner speaks about Jack London.




Oakland A’s ownership’s quest for a new stadium continues and now A’s ownership seems to have landed an endorsement. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is all in for building a ballpark near Jack London Square by Howard Terminal. But Manfred has conceded that A’s ownership has a long way to go in getting a stadium built in Oakland. “There’s a lot of work to be done in Oakland in terms of figuring out the more difficult issues. I’m not going to dwell on those other than to mention both financing and there are transportation issues with respect to that site that would need some good, hard thinking and investment in order to make the site work to its maximum potential.”

Oakland A’s ownership is still looking around the city for a spot for a new ballpark. The A’s management thought it had a deal to get some land near Laney College until school officials said the land was not available for a stadium. A’s ownership has not given up on the Laney College property. A’s ownership is kicking the tires at the Howard Terminal site and possibly building a ballpark adjacent to the team’s present Oakland Coliseum home. Because of the 1922 Supreme Court of the United States decision allowing Major League Baseball to act as a monopoly and a recent court decision backing up the 96-year-old decision the A’s franchise cannot move into San Jose which is San Francisco Giants territory. Oakland is closer to San Francisco than San Jose and previous Giants owners could not get a San Jose stadium built after voters said no in two referendums in Santa Clara and San Jose in 1990 and 1992. The A’s could not get a stadium built in Fremont. The Giants and A’s have had problems in the San Francisco market in the last 50 years despite the area’s wealth.


Manfred likes John London Square in Oakland.