MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred factors to metropolis of Oakland for A’s transfer to Las Vegas: ‘I really feel sorry for the followers’

The Oakland Athletics’ plan to maneuver to Nevada after signing a binding settlement for land close to the Las Vegas strip has not gone over nicely with the town’s mayor, Sheng Thao, however Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred refuted any suggestion that the group wasn’t negotiating in good religion earlier than deciding to maneuver on. 

A’s president Dave Kaval introduced final week that the group agreed to buy land in southern Nevada with plans to construct a 30,000-seat ballpark with {a partially} retractable roof price $1.5 billion.

Oakland Coliseum

General view of a recreation between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics on August 28, 2022, at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA.  (Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire through Getty Images)

The announcement was met with harsh criticism from Oakland mayor Sheng Thao who stated in a press release that the transfer occurred “mid-negotiations” and urged that any deal to remain in Oakland was used as “leverage” for the A’s new deal in Las Vegas. 


“The metropolis of Oakland has for years labored to maintain the A’s rooted right here within the metropolis of Oakland,” Thao stated. “This announcement occurred mid-negotiations, and it exhibits that they had no real interest in reaching a cope with Oakland in any respect. Oakland will not be concerned about getting used as leverage with the A’s negotiations with Las Vegas.”

But throughout a gathering with The Associated Press Sports Editors on Monday, Manfred dismissed that notion, including that the A’s labored solely with the town of Oakland from 2014 to 2021. 

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks throughout a information convention, Thursday March 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

“I really feel sorry for the followers in Oakland. I actually do,” he stated. “But for the town of Oakland to level fingers at [owner] John Fisher, it’s not truthful.” 

“We have proven an unbelievable dedication to the followers in Oakland by exhausting each attainable alternative to attempt to get one thing finished in Oakland,” he added. “Unfortunately, the federal government doesn’t appear to have the need to get it finished.”

The Oakland Coliseum has been the house of the A’s since 1968 when the staff moved to Oakland from Kansas City. 

General view of the Oakland Athletics logos

General view of the Oakland Athletics logos within the dugout earlier than the sport towards the San Francisco Giants on the Oakland Coliseum on July 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in 10 innings. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Manfred stated Monday that he believes the transfer will probably be helpful for the franchise. 

“Their attendance has by no means been excellent, let’s put it that method,” he stated.

“To me, it should be all constructive on the aggressive entrance,” he added. “You bought actually sensible baseball operations individuals. You bought homeowners that wish to win, and I feel Las Vegas will current an actual revenue-enhancing alternative. So I feel you are going to have a great product.”

Fox News’ Joe Morgan and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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