That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Could the Oakland Athletics be for sale?; Kaval studying other sites for A’s

May 19, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

New Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval holds his first open office hours, speaking to Saint Mary’s College sophomores Michael Doran, left, and Ryan Mitchell, center, both 19 and longtime A’s fans, at the Oakland Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

OAKLAND– They say “everything is for sale, for the right price”. That has not changed even in this twitter-text-e-mail-facebook-uber world we are living today.

I remember not very long ago when Andy Dolich (used to be Business manager for the Athletics in the 1980’s) gathered an eclectic group of investors to buy the Athletics and keep them in Oakland. This was after the San Francisco Giants built their current park by the bay and rumors were swirling the Athletics might leave town. That never happened. Nevertheless Andy put the very respectable group of investors lead by the Save-Mart company, the Clorox company(headquarters in Oakland) George Zimmer of the Wearhouse and others. I was at the rally at Fremont, where A’s supporters were behind the idea of the team building a park in Fremont, currently the fourth most populated city in the Bay Area, San José for years was rumored to be the new place for the A’s to have their own ballpark, and us, who have lived here in the bay area for a long time can even remember when Sacramento was the leading city for an A’s move.

Let’s move to the present. The Oakland Athletics now have a new team President. David Kaval, also the San Jose Earthquakes President. Kaval replaces Michael Crowley who was the Athletics team President close to 20 years; now he is an adviser for the team. Lew Wolff is selling all but keeping a small stake of the Oakland Athletics and giving up his managing partner role and turned over leadership of the franchise to John Fisher. The “numero uno”goal of this team is seeking a new Oakland location for their new ballpark.

Team President Michael Crowley is stepping away from day-to-day operations after nearly 20 years in the role but will advise the A’s ownership group. The new Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval will fill Crowley’s position while also keeping his same position with the San Jose Earthquakes.

In other words, their is a new administration in town, and their point man is David Kaval. The new A’s President visited our Spanish broadcast booth in April and told us (as we translated) that he will announce this year the new location where the A’s are going to build their new home. Under just a short time on the job Mr.Kaval has worked hard with the City of Oakland, on the “Rooted in Oakland”campaign, and to identify the Oakland Athletics with the city and their residents, while improving the Oakland Coliseum and making the fan experience a much better one, reminding all of the winning tradition of the Oakland A’s, naming the playing field at the Coliseum, “Rickey Henderson ” Field and listening to the fans, exploring new ideas. Mr Kaval is the best salesman the Athletics have right now.

With all these things happening, the potential is there for others to come over and be part of the A’s ownership. All is fair in business. Rob Manfred, who took over Bud Selig in 2015 and since then has been the Baseball Commissioner is happy that the Oakland Athletics, who have played in Oakland since 1968 will be staying in Oakland.

All-of-a-sudden, not than long ago when the A’s were rumored to be leaving Oakland, now they have their strongest position to stay in Oakland for many years to come, especially after the news that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas and the Warriors to San Francisco.

Oakland will not even have the visit again of the great Ringling Brothers Circus who is closing after 100 years. So, what do you know? The tables have turned into the Oakland Athletics favor.

Living in a free enterprise/capitalistic country, we should never be surprised of a baseball team for sale. Let me make this very clear. The Athletics are not for sale The Miami Marlins are the one team for sale currently with four different groups trying to fish the Marlins, including Yankee great Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush ex-governor of Florida. However, but in the famous words of once Athletics pitcher Joaquin Andujar “you-never-know”.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the TV Spanish talent for the Angels, the radio Spanish for the A’s, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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