Source: If A’s don’t find a home, they could disband until Las Vegas

Jan 30, 2024, 3:04 PM

YouTube video

The Oakland A’s are in the midst of finding a temporary home until they move to Las Vegas. But what happens if they can’t find a home?

When MLB owners unanimously approved the team’s move from Oakland to Las Vegas last fall, they did so without announcing where the team would play until the ballpark opens, which isn’t expected to be ready until at least 2028.

The A’s lease with the Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2024 season and MLB typically releases the following season’s schedule after its All-Star Game in July. So the A’s need to figure out where they’re playing sooner than later.

Multiple reports have indicated that the A’s have no intention of playing at the Coliseum beyond 2024, meaning they will have three seasons (2025-2027) to play in a new home, or potentially, multiple home stadiums. And earlier this year, representatives for the Athletics were seen visiting Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento and Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.

But what if neither of those locations or the others discussed, work out? A Bay Area source told Sactown Sports’ Allen Stiles that the idea of ceasing operations between 2025 through 2028 has been floated.

“So basically, between 2025 and 2028, Major League Baseball would run with 29 teams. And when 2028 comes around, they would basically do an expansion draft,” Stiles said. “Those players would be able to sign with other teams… and then we refresh everything in 2028 in Vegas.”

Sactown Sports has reached out to the A’s organization about this information but has not yet heard back from the team.

The Tropicana in Las Vegas — where the Athletics plan to build a ballpark $1.5 billion, nine-acre stadium with around 33,000 seats — recently announced it will cease operations on April 2, 2024. A demolition date was not announced. Owner John Fisher and the A’s organization were granted $380 in public funding for construction in 2023.

Thank you for reading SactownSports.com. Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Newsletter

MLB

Luis Medina #46 of the Oakland Athletics delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first ...

Field Level Media

Athletics start three-game series against Angels

Zach Neto is expected to be in the starting lineup Monday when the Los Angeles Angels begin a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif.

1 day ago

Erik Miller #68 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Ju...

Field Level Media

Giants hope for better pitching at home vs. Cubs

One team coming off a disappointing homestand encounters another glad to be home after a disastrous trip when the Chicago Cubs visit the San Francisco Giants on Monday night to open a four-game series.

1 day ago

Byron Buxton #25 of the Minnesota Twins trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run off of...

Field Level Media

Athletics blanks vs Twins as Pablo Lopez dominates

Pablo Lopez retired the first 17 batters he faced en route to eight shutout innings, Byron Buxton drove in two runs with a home run and a double, and the Minnesota Twins took a second straight from the host Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon.

2 days ago

Sonny Gray #54 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the ...

Field Level Media

Sonny Gray flirts with perfection as Cards sweep Giants

Sonny Gray took a perfect game bid into the seventh inning as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the visiting San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

2 days ago

J.D. Davis #5 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners at the Oak...

Field Level Media

Yankees acquire INF J.D. Davis from Athletics

The New York Yankees acquired infielder J.D. Davis and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in exchange for infielder Jordan Groshans.

2 days ago

Hogan Harris #63 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning of a baseball game agains...

Field Level Media

With Hogan Harris on mound, Athletics chase series win vs. Twins

The visiting Minnesota Twins will be hoping for more of the same while the Oakland Athletics could try something different when the clubs wrap up a three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

2 days ago

Source: If A’s don’t find a home, they could disband until Las Vegas