The Oakland Athletics, or A’s, have a problem. Well, they have a few problems.
They play in a 44-year-old stadium that they share with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and they desperately want to leave that stadium for a new field of dreams.
They would like to build their new stadium in San Jose, California, a city on the southern tip of San Francisco Bay.
The problem is the San Francisco Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose, and they don’t want to let the A’s move in and build a stadium that would infringe on the Giants’ territory.
It has gotten to the point where legal teams are building on each side and there seems to be little to stop what could be a historic decision by MLB on territory of teams, something few in the game want to see.
Enter San Antonio, Texas, the second largest city in the second largest state in the union. San Antonio can offer a fan base ready to support Major League Baseball, if given the chance. If there were a moment for San Antonio to step up and join the big league table, it’s now.
The time has come for someone or some group in San Antonio with at least $300 million (The A’s are valued at $295 million) to step up and bring Major League Baseball to town.
For the A’s, relocation is nothing new. A move to San Antonio would mean their fourth city in their 111-year history after starting in Philadelphia in 1901 where they were founding members of the American League and where they played until the 1954 season. In 1955 they moved to Kansas City, MO where they played until 1967. They moved to Oakland in 1968 and flirted with moving to New Orleans in 1979.
If San Antonio wants to prove to the rest of the nation that it is a big league city and reclaim its place among the great cities of America, then its going to need someone with money and a belief that the San Antonio Athletics will be better for baseball and the country than the Oakland Athletics or San Jose Athletics.