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OAKLAND, Calif. – Billy Beane still firmly believes the Athletics will get a new stadium in Oakland, and he intends to stay with the team until then.
Beane, the club’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said Monday that he has ambitions to stay with the A’s as long as they want him to.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have shown interest in Beane in recent years, but he is committed to Au. He made the decision despite struggling with financial constraints and an inability to retain stars when they were due for big pay raises.
“Look, at some point we will have a new stadium and that’s what makes me happy. I hope it will be during my tenure, Beane said with a laugh. But we want to and I think the organization and the city deserve it. That will happen. »
A’s owner John Fisher and team president Dave Kaval are working on a baseball stadium project near Jack London Square.
“The one thing I know about our search for a new stadium is that from the beginning with Dave and John Fisher they were obsessed with the plan and it’s not easy,” Beane admitted.
The A’s, who suffered 102 losses, finished 29-51 at home this season and drew 787,902 fans during the campaign. In the 2019 season, the last one before the pandemic, match A was watched by 1,662,211 fans.
In May 2021, Major League Baseball asked A’s executives to explore relocation options if an agreement for a new stadium was not reached. Kaval said the club is working on “side” projects in Oakland and Las Vegas.
The A’s are the last professional team still in Oakland after the NBA’s Golden State Warriors moved to San Francisco and the NFL’s Raiders moved to Las Vegas.
The A’s lease for their aging stadium is set to expire after the 2024 season, and Major League Baseball has said rebuilding at the current site is not a viable option.