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Oakland, California. Billy Beane still firmly believes the Athletics will get a new stadium in Oakland, and he intends to remain 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.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have shown interest in Beane in recent years, but he remains committed to the A’s. He made the decision despite struggling with financial restrictions and his inability to keep star players due to receiving large pay raises.
“Look, at some point we will have a new stadium and that makes me happy. Hopefully it will happen during my tenure,” Beane said with a laugh. But we will, and I think the organization and the city deserve it. This will happen. “
A’s owner John Fischer and team president Dave Kaval have been working on a baseball stadium project near Jack London Square.
“One thing I do know about our search for a new stadium is that from the very beginning with Dave and John Fischer, they have been obsessed with the plan and it hasn’t been easy,” admitted Beane.
The A’s, which have suffered 102 losses, finished 29-51 at home this season and drew 787,902 fans during the campaign. In the 2019 season, before the pandemic, 1,662,211 fans attended A’s games.
In May 2021, Major League Baseball asked A’s leaders to explore relocation possibilities if no agreement was reached for a new stadium. Kaval said the club was 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 on their old stadium will expire after the 2024 season, and Major League Baseball has stated that rebuilding at the current site is not a viable option.