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Would MLB contract A's and Rays?

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08:19 AM ET 03.18 | One speculated theory gained more traction than a reporter suspected. It essentially would mean contracting the A's and Rays, and allowing current Oakland owner Lew Wolff to buy the Dodgers and current Tampa owner Stu Sternberg to buy the Mets. Right now, Bud Selig's major ownership headaches are the financial disarray of Frank McCourt with the Dodgers and the Wilpons with the Mets. Remember, these are two vital markets for baseball and having ugly news about divorces, Ponzi schemes and financial penny-pinching coming out of Los Angeles and New York does not help the game's image. Also, despite all of his lobbying, Selig has been unsuccessful at being able to relocate the A's to San Jose and the Rays from St. Petersburg to downtown Tampa -- moves that are seen as imperative to save these organizations financially.

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March 18, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Numero uno!

March 18, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Man I am hung over

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March 18, 2011  09:58 AM ET

MLB tried to get rid of the Twins and Rays some years ago and it didn't happen and this won't either for pretty much the same reason. The union won't allow 50 of it's players to lose their jobs and any hint of change in the status quo brings on harrasment from congress and threats that they will look at replealing MLB's anti-trust excemptions.

March 18, 2011  10:33 AM ET

That would be a shame to lose the A's franchise. I remember watching them back in the days of Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Joe Rudi, Jim Hunter, Vida Blue. Hope they work something out
but if contraction is what happens then we'll have to live with until better times.

March 18, 2011  10:36 AM ET
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The A's owner is a billionare, but refuses to finance a new stadium. The Giants built their park with all private funding, and have been quite the success.

Like most billionaires he wants to use YOUR money.

March 18, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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Yeah. The Giants pay like 20-30 mill a year, paying off their stadium. It's totally worth it though! It's a beautiful park, and the fans fill it up almost every night. The A's owner just wants to make money. And is unwilling to take risks.

Don't forget that san fan owner is complaining that San Jose is the Giants turf or market and does not want anyone to steal his fan base! I mean $$$$$$$$.

March 18, 2011  12:00 PM ET
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The A's owner is a billionare, but refuses to finance a new stadium. The Giants built their park with all private funding, and have been quite the success.

Too bad Oakland doesn't follow that great example.

March 18, 2011  12:31 PM ET

The article mentions the relative labor peace right now in baseball and Seligs connection to the As and Rays owners. I also don't see a contraction of any of the 15 old-line team names.
The Bay Area won't support 2 teams and the Giants own any rights in San Jose which is the logical move for one of the Bay Area teams. I would make the Giants scream.
I would also make the Republicans and the Cuban community in Miami cry like Banshees and move the Rays to Havana. It would admit to our success in dealing with Castro, open up all of Cuba for player scouting and keep MLB looking more Worldly with one more franchise out of the USA. Lot of politics involved but I wouldn't be surprised if Selig doesn't have a file hidden somewhere marked "Post-Castro" along this line.

March 18, 2011  02:10 PM ET

So what the NY Post is implying is that there is a Shortage of Rich people out there that would pay for a Major League Team...

That the Commish would rather fold 2 teams than have 2 new Owners (Who are out there - but the last I checked the Mets / Dodgers weren't selling)...

Truly Stupid by the Post - but what do you expect.

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March 18, 2011  09:32 PM ET

Didn't Pittsburgh contract years ago?

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March 19, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Why did they put a picture of Drew Carey with this story?

March 19, 2011  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

MLB tried to get rid of the Twins and Rays some years ago and it didn't happen and this won't either for pretty much the same reason. The union won't allow 50 of it's players to lose their jobs and any hint of change in the status quo brings on harrasment from congress and threats that they will look at replealing MLB's anti-trust excemptions.

The Twins situation was entirely different, though. It was an attempt to force MN to build a stadium.

March 21, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

MLB tried to get rid of the Twins and Rays some years ago and it didn't happen and this won't either for pretty much the same reason. The union won't allow 50 of it's players to lose their jobs and any hint of change in the status quo brings on harrasment from congress and threats that they will look at replealing MLB's anti-trust excemptions.

The way I remember it is that MLB tied to get rid of the Twins and Expos not the Rays. If memory serves me correctly the players union played a major role in stopping that move. I can see union caving in now considering the agreement between players and league is about to expire.

March 27, 2011  11:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

MLB tried to get rid of the Twins and Rays some years ago and it didn't happen and this won't either for pretty much the same reason. The union won't allow 50 of it's players to lose their jobs and any hint of change in the status quo brings on harrasment from congress and threats that they will look at replealing MLB's anti-trust excemptions.

Twins and Expos...

 
March 27, 2011  11:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The article mentions the relative labor peace right now in baseball and Seligs connection to the As and Rays owners. I also don't see a contraction of any of the 15 old-line team names.The Bay Area won't support 2 teams and the Giants own any rights in San Jose which is the logical move for one of the Bay Area teams. I would make the Giants scream. I would also make the Republicans and the Cuban community in Miami cry like Banshees and move the Rays to Havana. It would admit to our success in dealing with Castro, open up all of Cuba for player scouting and keep MLB looking more Worldly with one more franchise out of the USA. Lot of politics involved but I wouldn't be surprised if Selig doesn't have a file hidden somewhere marked "Post-Castro" along this line.

Hate to break it to you there, but Cuba starting opening up while Bush was in office. You know, the Republican And Miami has a mostly Democrat city government...

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