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A's ask Oakland for five more years

December 21, 2012|By Bill Shaikin
  • The Oakland Athletics have asked to remain at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Oakland Athletics have asked to remain at the Oakland Coliseum. (Jason O. Watson / Getty Images )

The Oakland Athletics on Friday asked to remain in the Oakland Coliseum for five more years, in a proposed agreement that would delay the target for their move to San Jose until 2018.

The A's lease at the Coliseum expires after this season. The team has waited almost four years for Commissioner Bud Selig to approve or reject the proposed move to San Jose.

In a letter to the body that governs the Coliseum, A's owner Lew Wolff agreed to keep the team in Oakland for at least five years "regardless of the outcome of our efforts to obtain a new facility in the City of San Jose."

Wolff added: "The A’s organization certainly prefers to remain in Oakland for the next five years rather than being forced into looking elsewhere for a temporary home venue. If possible, we should retain the 130 full-time jobs and the almost 800 union jobs that encompass a full baseball season, the fun of the A’s, and Major League Baseball in Oakland for five more years.

"I believe the A’s have a great deal to contribute to the area for the next five years, and even thereafter."

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