Batter Up in A's Plan To Get Out of Oakland

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    Bud Selig, baseball commissioner, listens to a question at a press conference at Notre Dame Tuesday Feb. 12, 2008 in South Bend, Ind. Selig was scheduled to be the guest speaker at the opening night dinner for Notre Dame baseball. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Fremont officials on Tuesday night will present a conceptual  proposal for a 36,000-seat baseball stadium for the Oakland A's on land owned  by New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

    Major League Baseball has asked Fremont to submit stadium plans  while it determines whether a suitable stadium site exists to keep the  struggling baseball team in the East Bay.

    Last month, Oakland officials proposed three potential ballpark  sites in the Jack London Square area in an effort to keep the A's in that  city, where they have played for 41 years.

    A's owner Lew Wolff has said he's interested in moving the team to  San Jose. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has formed a committee  to study the team's future.

    In a staff report, Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz said the city is  looking at putting a new stadium on 120 acres at the southeast corner of  Fremont and South Grimmer boulevards.

    The vacant parcel is at the northernmost edge of NUMMI's property  and would not include any of the land occupied by the vehicle manufacturing  plant, which is scheduled to close April 1.

    The conceptual plan will be discussed by the Fremont City Council  at a work session at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

    Diaz said that if agreements are reached with the A's and Major  League Baseball, city staff would recommend a citywide vote on the project as  early as November.