Update 5/16: Oakland City Council leaders have reached out to Major League Baseball to move forward with plans for a new Howard Terminal Ballpark at Oakland's waterfront.
This comes days after MLB instructed the Oakland A’s to begin to search for a new home elsewhere. Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan is pushing to schedule a vote in July on the A’s term sheet outlining financial plans for a new ballpark in Oakland.
"We invited them to join us, in proceeding in a way that would build a win-win strategy, that would allow the A’s to have a successful future in Oakland, in a way that would also benefit the local community," Kaplan said.
The Oakland City Council seemingly wants to set the record straight — from their perspective — after taking heat from the MLB, who claimed they did not know the council's position on the waterfront ballpark proposal.
A letter to the MLB from Oakland City Council leadership reads, "From MLB’s statement, there appears to be incorrect information being conveyed. We want to make clear that it is entirely false that the City Council is delaying or refusing to consider the A’s project proposal.“
The MLB did not respond to requests for comment.
The original story follows.
Major League Baseball has instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure a new waterfront ballpark in Oakland.
MLB released a statement Tuesday expressing its longtime determination that the current Coliseum site is “not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”
“MLB is concerned with the rate of progress on the A’s new ballpark effort with local officials and other stakeholders in Oakland,” MLB said. “The A’s have worked very hard to advance a new ballpark in downtown Oakland for the last four years, investing significant resources while facing multiple roadblocks. We know they remain deeply committed to succeeding in Oakland, and with two other sports franchises recently leaving the community, their commitment to Oakland is now more important than ever.”