Could Oakland A's relocate to SA?


SAN ANTONIO - The Oakland A's are reportedly threatening to move their Major League Baseball franchise if they do not get a new 10-year lease at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and San Antonio has been mentioned as a possible landing spot.  

The San Francisco Chronicle reported at least one Oakland city councilman, Larry Reid, believes the A's are not bluffing. Reid mentioned San Antonio and Montreal as possible destinations.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has also given the A's permission to explore other locations in the event the 10-year extension is not granted.

If they were to move to San Antonio, the report stated they would most likely play in the Alamodome which has hosted exhibitions in the past two years, but has a right-field fence at least 50 feet closer than the standard ballpark.

The Alameda Coliseum Board has already approved the extension but the city council must ratify it and some on the council are balking at what it would cost the city.

Alamodome director Mike Sawaya said he has not been contacted by anyone with the A's organization about a possible move to San Antonio, leading most to believe the A's are bluffing.

The city of Montreal used to have an MLB team, the Expos, until they moved to Washington D.C. and became the Nationals.


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