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The Oakland Athletics of San Francisco? Looks like it could be happening as soon as opening day if Oakland and Alameda County can't come to a lease arrangement with the A's ownership soon (seeing as the A's lease at the Coliseum expires with this year). And it is possible such a move could be a prelude to the A's leaving the Bay Area entirely as soon as 2 years later...

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/MLB-may-help-A-s-play-in-S-F-if-no-deal-sources-4952005.php

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Do you know the way to Sacramento

Doubtful. There's nowhere to play in Sac now and no real political stomach left for another stadium fight given they've barely been able to finish the Kings arena plan.
There may be no other choice at this point. Raley Field wouldn't be too terrible of a renovation, and Sacramento has shown at least some interest in having a pro baseball team. Even if it's only temporary, Sacramento May back it's way into having a pro baseball team.
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Do you know the way to Sacramento

Doubtful. There's nowhere to play in Sac now and no real political stomach left for another stadium fight given they've barely been able to finish the Kings arena plan.
There may be no other choice at this point. Raley Field wouldn't be too terrible of a renovation, and Sacramento has shown at least some interest in having a pro baseball team. Even if it's only temporary, Sacramento May back it's way into having a pro baseball team.

Don't know why you don't think Raley would be that bad of a renovation. The existing stadium has no expansion capabilities and would have to be leveled to be brought up to MLB standards. Sac would have a cheaper go of it finding an empty field to build on.

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The Oakland Athletics of San Francisco?

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Doesn't feel right.

They should just go with the A on the chest. Maybe a SF in that style would be OK too. I don't think the font you chose for the S and F really goes with the A too well, but I know it was probably a fast job. They go more with the Tigers style D.

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What a mess the whole bay area stadium situation is. The 49ers moving 40 miles south, the A's and Raiders in limbo...

The 49ers situation is perfect given the bulk of their season ticket base was from the south bay and peninsula, not SF. And the wisdom to build in Santa Clara has been born out by the largely private stadium paying for itself.

The Giants, Sharks and Warriors are also in great situations (one the Warriors are looking to further improve by moving to SF). The Raiders have a new home in Santa Clara as soon as they say the word. The real mess is the A's...

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The Oakland Athletics of San Francisco?

2w2j5nr.png

Doesn't feel right.

They should just go with the A on the chest. Maybe a SF in that style would be OK too. I don't think the font you chose for the S and F really goes with the A too well, but I know it was probably a fast job. They go more with the Tigers style D.

California A's. 'Nuff said.

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If opening day is in China Basin that's a distinct possibility long term. Along with a half dozen other potential cities...

I'll bet this is the endgame. If I'm MLB I say to the Giants, "The A's are in here for two years. Don't like it? Give them San Jose."

As an aside, would Candlestick Park even be available as a fall-back position? I know it's slated for demo, but when?

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Ryan, Candlestick is slated for demolition in the early spring. And on top of that it hasn't been convertible to its old baseball config for nearly a decade.

Thanks for clarifying. I haven't been following the A's situation that closely.

Looks like it's China Basin or bust, then.

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Red Sox are apparently looking into signing Carlos Beltran. Realistically though, I think every team is interested in every player around this time of year. It would make sense though; a one year deal could give Jackie Bradley Jr. a little more seasoning before he's ready to take over centerfield full time.

The Sox also reportedly offered a multi-year deal to Mike Napoli. Considering the last week he has had, I can't see why he wouldn't resign if the money was good enough.

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