Baseball Commissioner Says A’s Need New Ballpark

Bud Selig

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him “frustrated.”

The Oakland Athletics still don’t have the new ballpark he says he believes they desperately need.

Selig praised all parties after the A’s recently reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to stay at the rundown Coliseum.

Sitting next to fraternity brother and longtime friend, A’s owner Lew Wolff, Selig on Tuesday acknowledged the criticisms of Oakland’s unsettled ballpark situation while saying, “It’s complicated, it’s very complicated.”

Earlier this year, the City of San Jose appealed a judge’s decision throwing out a key argument in its lawsuit against Major League Baseball over the A’s plans to relocate to San Jose, where the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights.

Rob Manfred will succeed the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25. Selig is making stops at all of the ballparks during his farewell tour.

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