After very contentious proceedings to get the A’s a new 10-year lease for the Coliseum, the new agreement was finally ratified on Wednesday. At the ratification, Lew Wolff showed up and revealed something which may — may — signal the A’s are going to stay in Oakland long-term:
A’s co-owner Lew Wolff celebrated the final ratification of a 10-year lease extension by shaking hands with local officials and revealing that he has approached an architect to work on designs for a new ballpark adjacent to O.co Coliseum . . .The lease deal requires Wolff to enter “good faith” discussions about building a new ballpark in Oakland. After several years of trying to move the team south — first to Fremont and then to San Jose — Wolff has indicated that he is seriously giving Oakland a second look.
Obviously there are tons of issues here, but there is now more time to work through it. And, possibly, a willingness by Wolff to do so in Oakland. Or, at the very least, a realization that he doesn’t have any clear way to get the A’s to another, more desirable city.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.