MLB commissioner Rob Manfred answered questions on Tuesday and, unlike the NFL, said the league should make an effort to stay in Oakland.
He’s committed to The Town because it’s on the rise and has the most room to grow of the cities in the Bay Area.
“I think Oakland is more likely than not to be a better market five years from now than it is today,” Manfred told members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. “So I certainly have not given up on Oakland.”
If only Roger Goodell and Mark Davis could read the writing on the wall so clearly.
We need a Team of the Proletariat here and moving the A’s from the East Bay to San Jose would betray the fans and spirit of the organization.
Would the tech millionaires of Silicon Valley really be drawn to a team that won’t spend on its players? The answer is no; they’re just fine being driven to AT&T Park for some bourgeois baseball.
Silver disapproves of Dubs
Also on Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver expressed his disappointment in Kevin Durant’s decision to join the 73 Dubs.
“Just to be absolutely clear, I do not think that’s ideal from the league standpoint,” Silver said to reporters. “For me, part of it is designing a collective bargaining agreement that encourages the distribution of great players throughout the league.”
I don’t know which would be a more unfortunate byproduct of a lockout in the 2017-18 season, when either the owners or players can opt out of the current CBA: Less time for the diehard fans of Oracle Arena before the team unveils its fresh new arena in Mission Bay in 2019, or losing at least part of a season of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson’s collective prime.
Farewell, Mr. Buckets
Marreese Speights signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, ending a fun and bucket-filled era.
Good luck with your next team.
Ranking the greats to retire so far this year:
1. Tim Duncan
2. Charles Woodson
3. Kobe Bryant
4. Peyton Manning
5. Marshawn Lynch
6. Calvin Johnson