A's Apr 28, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; An Oakland Athletics fan holds a sign in reference to owner John Fisher and president Dave Kaval (not pictured) during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball fans are skewering Commissioner Rob Manfred after his latest statement on the Oakland A’s, whose potential move to Las Vegas looms over the hapless franchise. And they won’t be letting up anytime soon.

The A’s move to Las Vegas grows in likelihood by the day. Obviously, they’re on the move, and it has created a depressing atmosphere around a once proud team. They’ve all but given up on trying, and the A’s currently have the second-worst record in MLB. Only Kansas City has fewer wins (18) than the Athletics (19) do.

The Nevada Legislature has moved to approve the deal to set the move officially in motion. And Manfred spoke about the recent events and the A’s fans Thursday. There, Manfred said (via Evan Drellich of The Athletic) “I hear from ’em, I feel sorry for the fans in Oakland. I do not like this outcome. I understand why they feel the way they do. I think the real question is, what is it Oakland was prepared to do? There is no Oakland offer. OK? They never got to a point where they had a plan to build a stadium at any site. And it’s not just John Fisher. … The community has to provide support. At some point, you come to the realization it’s just not going to happen.”

My, that’s an interesting quote, and it’s one that received backlash on Twitter almost immediately.


[Evan Drellich]

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