And good luck to ya with that Continental League of Professional Baseball Clubs idea, Shea!
The infrastructure is in place, and BART trains are running. It’s not downtown or bayside, but it’s easier to enter and exit than other proposed Oakland sites. Tearing down and rebuilding a baseball park in the same location is nothing new. It was done by the Cardinals, Phillies, Reds, Braves, White Sox, Yankees and Mets.
...The minute the football teams put their signatures to a stadium kumbaya, the Selig committee could recommend the Coliseum site for the A’s. A cozy baseball-only park on the premises would re-energize the franchise, boost attendance and help make the A’s more competitive.
I passed this by Lew Wolff, the A’s managing general partner. Not surprisingly, he wasn’t keen on the idea, saying he has looked into Oakland sites and wouldn’t be able to privately finance a park as he could in San Jose. His focus remains San Jose or bust, even if Selig hasn’t budged on dismissing the Giants’ territorial rights to the area.
“It’s not relative to our situation,” Wolff said of a new Coliseum home, adding that Selig’s committee hasn’t suggested such an idea. “I can understand two football teams getting together in the same area. For us, there’s nothing new, and no one has presented another plan other than what we have in place.”