Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff has the spot for a new ballpark all picked out. Funding is in place and the San Jose mayor is on board with Wolff's plan to move his club some 40 miles south.
Wolff has been waiting two years for his old fraternity brother, commissioner Bud Selig, to tell him whether he can go ahead with his proposal to move the A’s from Oakland into Santa Clara County, even though the San Francisco Giants hold the territorial rights
A Selig-appointed committee has been sudying the issue since March 2009, but has no timetable for a decision.
“I think the Giants have a position they believe in and we have a position we think would be great for us,” Wolff said. “Those positions are well known to the commissioner, and he has to decide.”
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Wolff is eager to break ground on an intimate, privately funded new ballpark, but San Francisco’s ownership has no plans to hand over Santa Clara County.
“The South Bay is the single-most compelling part of our fan base,” Giants president Larry Baer said.
Boston left-hander Jon Lester, from Puyallup, pitched three innings of a simulated game after missing a start Sunday because of illness. Catcher Gregg Zaun retired after a 16-year big league career that included a World Series title with Florida in 1997. Zaun, in San Diego’s camp, was coming off surgery to his throwing shoulder. Former Mariners pitcher Carlos Silva allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 2 innings for the Cubs, who rallied past the Angels, 14-13.