Selig on A’s: “It’s a complex, complicated situation. People think it’s taken a long time but if you knew what what’s gone into it.” — Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 17, 2012
Selig declined to answer on whether league would approve A’s pursuing relocation out to the Bay Area. — Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 17, 2012
More Selig on A’s: “The idea is to get it right, even if it takes a little longer.” — Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) May 17, 2012
In sum, no news, they’re still working on it and it may take longer to get right.
Selig deserves a lot of criticism for not being more decisive on this matter, but he is absolutely right about the issue being very complicated. Then again, he gets paid $18 million a year to run baseball. It’s his job to deal with complicated issues.
Update 11:26 AM – The
media AP is running with the “move out of Oakland” story.
Update 11:47 AM – For added context, a Jon Heyman article yesterday had Bill Neukom at the meetings this week. The fact that he’s still representing the Giants indicates that he’s still the lead for the team on the T-rights issue. Like it or not, he casts a shadow.
Update 2:44 PM – As predicted in the comments, Lew Wolff had to clean up Bud Selig’s mess.
“Number one, my only objective is to remain in the Bay Area,” A’s owner Lew Wolff said Thursday. “And based on all our studies, plus receiving no indication from the blue-ribbon committee that we missed anything, the only location we can find to build a ballpark that’s do-able is in downtown San Jose. I intend to do that. And we intend to invest half a billion dollars in private funds to do so.”
Cleaning up Selig’s mess. That’s what a fraternity brother is for.