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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Owners Agree To A's Sale

AP and MLB.com both report the unanimous agreement of the owners to allow the sale of the Oakland Athletics franchise to Los Angeles developer Lewis Wolff, and John Fisher, son of Gap chairman and CEO Don Fisher; the Fishers family is estimated to have a personal net worth of $1.5 billion. According to the AP story, the new ownership group would be third-richest in the majors.

It was nice having a chance. Beane with money to spend? Ouch.


I think not. Maybe we'll FINALLY get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry between the Athletics and the Angels.

As a Bay Area resident who typically attends several A's games against the Halos, I'm really looking forward to the April series in Oakland this year, if only to see how long it takes for the "Beat LA" chants to start.

Sorry to disappoint all you "anything-but-LA" types, but "Beat Anaheim" and/or "Beat California" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
Rivalry? Only if you count getting squished every year. Stoneman is better than the average GM, but only just, and if he insists on making a one-step-forward-two-steps-back offseason every year (i.e. hire Vlad and Colon), it's a problem.

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