Well, another owners meeting will be held in February and there’s no reason to believe anything worthwhile will come out of it regarding the A’s stadium situation. It’ll be the same as all the others, just as nothing happened at the November meeting. (Unless you count Lew Wolff’s daughter’s ex-boyfriend writing in support of his hometown and Wolff as “progress.”)
Actually, one thing did happen: Bud Selig dropped an ‘F bomb‘ when sportswriters asked him about the three-person committee studying the A’s stadium situation. What did Selig’s uncharacteristic public anger signify, if anything?
Ray Ratto wrote that “the A’s-to-San Jose topic … remains a question Selig cannot answer, because Selig hasn’t the power to fix it.” In other words, if you’re Lew Wolff and you’re saying it’s San Jose or bust, then it’s clearly already a bust.
Even more telling, check out these Nov. 13 Tweets from Howard Bryant, ESPN’s national baseball writer, and a former A’s beat reporter for the San Jose Mercury News:
“MLB is not convinced the public money and infrastructure (public trains, etc.) is there in SJ + SJ redevelopment $ is in ?”
Bryant also swatted down any claims that Wolff will just sell or move the team out of state:
“MLB has stated repeatedly it doesn’t like Vegas and the others (San Jose, Portland, San Antonio, Charlotte, Montreal) are all problematic…”
In MLB’s eyes, the San Jose plan has some fatal flaws and Wolff will never allowed to move there — according to Bryant. But he’s not the only sportswriter reporting this. In August, during yet another ownership meeting, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark wrote this:
…if it wasn’t clear before now, it’s more obvious than ever that, in the words of one baseball official, that moving the A’s to San Jose is, most likely, “never going to happen.”