Those who ignore history . . .

Chip Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle is miffed that Lew Wolff isn’t even considering Oakland in the effort to get a new stadium for the A’s. Fair enough, even though the economics probably aren’t on his side. But then Johnson trips the light moronic:

In light of the team’s stated unwillingness to even consider another proposal for an Oakland-based stadium, city officials should seek the help of congressional representatives in finding a way to persuade league offices to help find a suitable alternative.

In the absence of that help and the continued unwillingness of team officials to even consider another site in Oakland, the city should follow Cleveland’s suit, and sue for the right to retain the team name and first consideration the next time a ball club wants to change location.

In 1995, the Browns announced their intention to move to Baltimore and a year later, they became the Ravens.

Whether or not Wolff, a developer and businessman, recognizes it, the Athletics baseball team is synonymous with Oakland.

You would think that an editor would require Johnson to at least mention Philadelphia or Kansas City before saying such a thing. Then again, given how unstable things are at the Chron these days, I suppose they’re too busy updating their resumes or applying to law school or something to care.


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lar
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lar

That was exactly my thought on this, too, Craig. It seems pretty silly to assert yourself as synonymous with the Athletics when you’re the franchise’s third city.

But it did make me wonder, what percentage of baseball fans actually know about the KC A’s or Philadelphia A’s? I mean, I count myself as a pretty knowledgable fan, and I still had to check baseball-reference just now to know exactly when the A’s moved from one city to the next (PHI 1901-54, KC 1955-67, OAK 1968 – ?)

pete
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I have to ask: Does the Athletics name itself hold that much value in 2009? Really, what are the first things the casual baseball fan thinks of when he hears “A’s”? Billy Beane? McGwire? Eckersley? Will those things drive popularity any time in the near future? There’s a ton of tradition behind the name, no doubt, but is Connie Mack going to do anything for the team’s bottom line in, say, Portland? And their logo doesn’t really sell itself, they don’t have a prominent or easy mascot, and their colors are absolutely brutal in terms of casual clothing—you kind of… Read more »
RoyceTheBaseballHack
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RoyceTheBaseballHack

Could be the Marketing folks are ready to jump out with a new uniform design to compliment the move to a new city. Or, if they aren’t, maybe they need to be pressed into embracing it as an opportunity to do so, because I’ll concur that the green/yellow uniform is easily the worst in baseball – maybe even in all of professional sports. The Packers use the same colors, but it seems to work much better for them.

APBA Guy
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APBA Guy
Chip Johnson is the Chron’s Oakland correspondent. His column expresses a sense of events from the view across the Bay. That said, the speculation in other parts of the paper (see Matier & Ross) is that, in fact, Wolff et al are talking to Oakland, but very informally, and with a strong “what’s new?” flavor. Bottom line is going to be money: until and if John Fisher, the majority owner, inherits from his father, this ownership cannot build it’s own stadium. Even then, they would not wish too, as the SF ownership can attest, the economics of self-financing are loathsome.… Read more »
obsessivegiantscompulsive
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Yeah, talk about steeped with history, the Philadelphia A’s had Home Run Baker, Jimmy Fox, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, Eddie Collins, Chief Bender and his duel with Christy Mathewson in the 1905 World Series, Eddie Plank, and, of course, Connie Mack. I knew roughly the dates, but, of course, living in the Bay Area during that time helped.  I’m not one of those split baseball caps, but I love baseball history and read a lot on the olden days (which increasingly include my youth :^), so I know about the Philly A’s and the players who were their stars. Also,… Read more »
obsessivegiantscompulsive
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obsessivegiantscompulsive

Based on the last part of Chip’s column, he doesn’t seem to realize that he seems to be endorsing Philadelphia to hold onto the A’s name and history, and not Oakland.

The team was born there and their citizens invested a lot into their team, else they would not be around to become the Oakland A’s, they would have faded into obscurity like the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Spiders, and Seattle Pilots.

Mad Bum
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Mad Bum

No wonder the SF Comical is going out of business.

Seriously, Oakland is turning into a crime-infested dump once again. It is no longer a major league city. And the Bay Area is only big enough for one team: the Giants!

The A’s need to move. San Jose will never happen. Las Vegas, Portland or Salt Lake City would be better than Oakland.

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