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A’s intrigued by San Jose lawsuit, but not impacted

Half a continent away, the A’s woke up Tuesday to the news of the City of San Jose filing an anti-trust lawsuit against Major League Baseball over the Bay Area baseball stadium situation.

Many of them were interested, a few of them even intrigued. But none of the players interviewed thought it would have any impact on the A’s as currently constituted.

“I think it would be better for us and for MLB if we had a new place to play,’’ first baseman Brandon Moss said. “That’s regardless where it is. But we don’t want it for us. We won’t see it.

    “Half of us here now probably would never play in it, as home or visitors.’’

Moss and his teammates are well aware of the short careers enjoyed by most big leaguers. If the clearance was given tomorrow to build a park in San Jose …

“If they told us tomorrow they were going to build a new stadium,’’ manager Bob Melvin said, “it would be four years down the road (before the club would be playing in it.’’

Shortstop Jed Lowrie said the big stink over the sewage leak at the Coliseum Sunday when the Mariners were in town might have underscored the need for a new park.

“Recent events really shed light on the fact that (the Coliseum) really needs an upgrade,’’ Lowrie said. “The facility is not what it should be.

“But the location of a (new) facility is a whole other topic of conversation.’’

Reliever Jerry Blevins said he was “happy to see some small steps forward. But there’s zero impact on the clubhouse.’’

Moss said that whatever happens, he hopes the fans aren’t left out.

“Obviously, we play where we play, and were fine with it,’’ he said, “and we’d like a better place to play.

“But we’ve got hard core fans here. Playing in the Coliseum is almost like playing on a football field. (A new field would be) better for us and better for Major League Baseball. But I’d like to see that those fans all have a chance to see the team play, wherever the new park would be. They’re the fans. They deserve that.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.