The worst kept secret in Major League Baseball has been the Oakland A’s franchise’s intention to follow fellow longtime sports franchises (Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors ) out of the city of Oakland for greener pastures.

 

As each day passes, the faithful Oakland A’s fan base comes to terms that their team will be moving to Las Vegas.

 

The fact the Oakland A’s are leaving should not be a surprise to many based on history and the current status.

 

Historically, the franchise has already moved three times since its inaugural season in 1901.

 

For over 50 years, the team was in Philadelphia as the “other” baseball franchise thanks to the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

The lack of attention in the city of Brotherly Love found the franchise moving to Kansas City from 1954 to 1968.

 

In 1968, the A’s relocation to Oakland has held up until the pending move to Las Vegas.

 

Then there’s the current affairs that makes the franchise’s desire to leave more crystal clear.

 

 

Last season Oakland had a record-breaking pace of attendance futility.

Despite the fact that there were COVID-19 attendance restrictions at the time, the apathy of the Oakland fans was undeniably clear with the message of disinterest.

 

 

Oakland Had Lowest Attendance Since 1980 

During an early season game against the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland’s home attendance was 3,748 which was the lowest attendance recorded since 1980. They finished with the worst attendance in baseball with less than 10,000 fans a game.

 

It’s not much better this year with Triple A teams outperforming this MLB team on some nights. Just look at this report from earlier this month.

 

 

But the plans probably went in motion in May of 2021 when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred expressed some “concern” about the progress of the new stadium and advised the team to start considering sites outside of the city of Oakland.

 

 

 

 

This statement here shows that Manfred believes the city has not done right by the franchise…

 

“We have shown an unbelievable commitment to the fans in Oakland by exhausting every possible opportunity to try to get something done in Oakland,” Manfred told the Associated Press. “Unfortunately, the government doesn’t seem to have the will to get it done.”

 

Reggie Jackson Had Group Led By Bill Gates To Buy A’s

Well someone had the will and did not have the opportunity…MLBbro Icon and former Oakland A’s superstar, Reggie Jackson.

Yes, Reggie Jackson was willing to buy the Oakland A’s. He put together a group that included Bill Gates which shows money was no object when it came to buying this franchise.

 

How serious was this group? They were willing to pay $25 million more than the highest bid for the team. Reggie sent a letter to the late Ken Hofman detailing his intentions. Despite promises from Bud Selig to Reggie for help in facilitating a deal, the A’s ended up being sold to Lewis Wolff…an old college friend of Selig’s.


Reggie Discusses Old Boys Network

Mr. October discussed in detail what happened on the Howard Stern Show in a very interesting interview.

 

According to Jackson, he was so upset about the ordeal that he almost filed a lawsuit against Bud Selig. He went on to say that people in baseball told him that he would have to immediately resign from all MLB baseball business with the Yankees and face being blackballed. With the lack of knowledge of the legal system at the time, Reggie never filed.

 

Then, Reggie put together another powerhouse group that included Bill Gates, the late Paul Allen, who owned NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks around 2002-03.

 

So when the Oakland A’s leave for Vegas and the blame game conversation goes on for decades about why the baseball team left, don’t forget there was a MLBbro in Reggie Jackson who tried to revive the franchise in Oakland

But his new money and progressive goals couldn’t compete with old money, old ties and old ways.

 

 

 

 

 

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