COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 18: MLS Commissioner Don Garber (R) and Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff (C) pose for a group photo after announcing the return of the San Jose Earthquakes to San Jose at an MLS Press Conference at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 18, 2007 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
If not Fremont, then San Jose. And if not locally, then baseball prognosticators across the country will gladly spread rumor of when, not if, the Oakland A's will depart the East Bay for greener pastures.
It's no secret A's owner Lew Wolff is tired of his team's digs at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. But it's the rumor published in the New York Daily News that had the LA-based real estate developer setting the record straight with the San Jose Mercury News.
The New York baseball writers say that as soon as MLB commissioner Bud Selig finishes with the Dodger problem -- as in hurrying the sale of that team by embattled owner Frank McCourt through the process as soon as possible -- Selig will turn to the A's, and issue a long-awaited report on an A's move to San Jose and the San Francisco Giants' "territorial rights" there.
In fact, Wolff has a "tacit agreement" in place with Selig that as soon as McCourt is out of the MLB, the A's will be in -- as in, in San Jose, the New York paper reported.
All that would be news to Wolff, according to comments he made to the Merc.
"Nothing has changed," he told the newspaper. "There's nothing new. I wish there were."
"I have not gotten tacit approval, if that's what you're asking," he added. "But I have not received tacit non-approval either. We're still waiting and looking forward to it being resolved and hoping it will happen sooner rather than later."
In other words: he'd love to move to San Jose but doesn't know when it'll happen. Meanwhile, plans for Oakland to build a new ballpark continue to go nowhere. Perhaps they could use recently-renovated Frank Ogawa Plaza.