The never-ending stadium drama for the Oakland Athletics carries on. Today’s development, an acknowledgement that keeping both the A’s and the Raiders in Oakland may not be possible.
The upshot: The Coliseum site is the most viable site for all involved due to parking and mass transit considerations and is large enough to hold both a new ballpark and a new football stadium. The A’s, however, don’t want to share the site with the Raiders and the Raiders don’t want to share the site with the A’s. My assumption is that it’s because filling the site with two stadiums forecloses or reduces development rights surrounding any new facility and that’s where serious money is made. And cuts down on parking too.
Added wrinkle: if the A’s cant get a deal done and the Raiders do, the Raiders want to tear down the Coliseum immediately, even as the new football stadium is being built, which would leave the A’s homeless. So that’s a lot of fun.
So much of this is posturing, of course, with the Raiders bluffing — maybe plausibly, maybe not — about moving down to Los Angeles and a new football stadium in Carson, California. And the city trying to get the A’s to move to another part of Oakland that isn’t viable in the minds of Major League Baseball and the A’s.
I say let the Raiders walk and let the A’s build a new park there, but then again I may be biased on the matter, as football is awful.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”