San Jose - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig released a statement Friday saying he was disappointed that San Jose mayor Chuck Reed would ask the city council to put a ballpark measure on the ballot for November to approve of a stadium for the Oakland Athletics.
On April 7, 2009, the San Jose city council unanimously voted to reaffirm its interest in supporting the efforts of A's ownership to move the team to San Jose.
The A's not only need Selig's approval to move, but also have other obstacles to overcome. One problem standing in the way is the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights to Santa Clara County because of a minor league facility they have in the area. Major league owners would have to vote to remove that claim to advance the process.
"We were surprised and disappointed by the news today in San Jose about the stadium referendum," Selig said in a statement. "We were not part of the process and had no knowledge that a decision to proceed with the election had been made. A ballot referendum is premature and completely independent of the ongoing work of the committee which has been in place to thoroughly study this situation.
"There is an established process in place and the committee will continue its work unaltered by these actions. Consistent with the ongoing evaluation of the Oakland A's situation, the committee will meet with me once again this Monday. As I have said before, the object in this very complicated situation is not to get it done as fast as possible, but to get it done right."
The A's have played at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum since 1968.