The first part of the season is winding down and the A’s are making plenty of news both on and off the field. There’s a lot going down on the stadium front right now, as the City of Oakland and the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority announced Wednesday that a special meeting will be held at City Hall on Monday to present a feasibility study for the Coliseum City project. The very next day, the Port of Oakland’s Board of Commissioners approved the settlement with SSA that will free up Howard Terminal for a future ballpark. It’s taken a bit of time, but it looks like the City of Oakland is finally getting its’ act together.The feasibility study for Coliseum City should be an interesting document because there was a variety of options and alternatives to explore in planning the facility, such as the debate to build the football stadium with a dome, or how the project would look if only one or two teams, as opposed to all three as now planned, signed on.
Since this is only an first presentation, there won’t be any concrete plans or vision until an environmental impact report is issued, which likely won’t be until the fall. Interestingly, the feasibility study was conducted by AECOM, the same architectural firm that had designed the Warriors arena project in San Francisco.
As for Howard Terminal, having the settlement approved hardly means getting a stadium built there will be a slam dunk since there are significant environmental and infrastructure issues to hash out, and the settlement itself has been subject to criticism and may invite more lawsuits. Assuming there are no more legal hurdles, an EIR would be the next step in getting the site ready. After that, the cost of the whole project, including infrastructure cost, needs to be calculated to really get the ball rolling.
While there are still plenty of steps to take for both potential locations, it’s great to see the City of Oakland finally step up to the plate instead of sitting on its hands as usual. There’s still a long way to go, but having some direction makes the dream of a new stadium a more tangible reality with each passing day.
In other news…
- MLB Trade Rumors reported yesterday Adam Rosales has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Sacramento. When Rosie was DFA’d last week pretty much everybody I talked to thought he wouldn’t make it through waivers, but I just didn’t see anybody picking up a utility guy hitting .200/.273/.331 in 147 plate appearances this year, regardless of how well he plays defense. Sure enough, nobody picked him up and he’s back in the state capital.
- Bartolo Colon has yet to announce his intentions for the All-Star Game. He has the choice to opt-out since he starts tomorrow. It is believed if Colon removes himself from the roster Grant Balfour would take his place, but with Jim Leyland calling the shots there’s no telling what could happen. I’m used to getting screwed over by the establishment (MLB), so having players get snubbed for the Midsummer Classic is part of the penance I pay for being an A’s fan and doesn’t piss me off as much anymore.
- The Arizona Fall League announced on Friday that Bob Melvin has been elected as one of three new members of its Hall of Fame, along with former All-Star Darin Erstad and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox. Melvin, who led the Maryvale Saguaros in 1999, is the first former AFL skipper to win Manager of the Year awards in the AL and NL, according to MLB.com.
- The A’s will go into the All-Star break with a winning record for the first time since 2008. One more win by the break would give them their most since posting 55 in 1975.