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Re-examining Howard Terminal, Coliseum as potential A's ballpark sites

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Re-examining Howard Terminal, Coliseum as potential A's ballpark sites

Just when the A’s finally seemed to have a direction mapped out for a new ballpark, they find themselves right back at the drawing board.

With the Peralta Community College District board halting negotiations for the A’s to build near Laney College, it figures to bring other previously considered locations around Oakland back into play. Specifically, the A’s were interested in Howard Terminal and the Coliseum site itself as potential spots to build a ballpark before settling on Peralta.

For those who need a refresher on the pros and cons of those two sites, here’s a recap:

Howard Terminal:
This site has been knocked around as a possibility for many years and always created the most buzz of any spot in Oakland. It’s located right on the waterfront at the Port of Oakland, and many see it having similar potential to what the Giants have with AT&T Park. It’s the preferred site of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and it’s very close to the attractions of Jack London Square. Former A’s managing partner Lew Wolff flat-out discarded Howard Terminal as a consideration, citing the extensive environmental cleanup efforts and infrastructure improvements needed. But Wolff is out of the picture now, and A’s majority owner John Fisher was known to be much more keen on the site.

The drawbacks? There are plenty. The nearest BART station is a full mile away, requiring a 20-25 minute walk to where a ballpark would be. There’s thought that a new BART station would need to be built for that reason. Pedestrian bridges would likely need to be built to get fans across railroad tracks. The environmental issue is a major one. And that area along the water is protected by California tidelands trust regulations, meaning the A’s would need to seek state approval to build at Howard Terminal.

“You have to weigh, is it worth the time, effort, political opposition that might come up to pursue that type of effort?” A’s president Dave Kaval said on the A’s Insider Podcast in February. “The site is so iconic that we’ve been keeping it in the mix because, wow, it could just be something that is a game changer.”

Oakland Coliseum:
It’s the most convenient site on which to build, it would take the shortest amount of time and there is much less red tape to clear away before putting a shovel in the ground. But the Coliseum site also is the one that A’s officials seem least fired up about. It’s far away from downtown, meaning the “ballpark village” and urban vibrancy that Kaval talks about would have to be built up from scratch. But the Warriors are moving to San Francisco and the Raiders plan to bolt for Las Vegas, so in a few years the A’s could have the Coliseum complex to themselves.

One of the site’s best drawing cards is its accessibility. There’s a BART station right there, the freeway is right there and there’s tons of parking space for the tailgating that so many fans hold sacred. However, the Raiders are sticking around for at least two more football seasons, possibly three if their Las Vegas stadium isn’t ready for 2020. That makes things a bit complicated, but a likely plan would have the A’s building a new ballpark next door while both teams could continue playing in the old venue.

“I think the Coliseum is probably the hardest (location) to create kind of an urban village,” Kaval said in February. “But I think it’s possible.”

A's bats kept quiet in loss to Giants in front of sellout crowd

A's bats kept quiet in loss to Giants in front of sellout crowd

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND — Dereck Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth consecutive win, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Friday night.

Pablo Sandoval and Ryder Jones homered for the Giants. Andrew McCutchen doubled, drove in a run and made a pair of sliding catches in right field.

Khris Davis doubled and scored for Oakland.

The A’s had won 21 of 27, including six of seven at the Coliseum, before losing in front of their first sellout crowd of the season.

The Bay Area rivals are in the midst of playing six consecutive games against each other. Oakland won two of three at San Francisco during the final series before the All-Star break.

Rodriguez (5-1) was masterful in his first career interleague start. Used as a reliever against the Chicago Cubs on July 11 in between starts, the right-hander allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five, hit two batters with pitches and retired 13 of 14 during one stretch.

Two weeks ago, Rodriguez was fighting for a spot in the Giants’ rotation amid a flurry of injuries to the team’s top three starters and poor outings by others. The son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is likely to stay put now after lowering his ERA to 2.72 — second-lowest among San Francisco’s starters.

Reyes Moronta retired two batters. Mark Melancon and Tony Watson pitched one inning apiece to complete the four-hitter.

Jones, called up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth. Sandoval went deep in the seventh. Both home runs came off A’s starter Edwin Jackson (1-2).

McCutchen doubled and scored on Buster Posey’s single in the fourth and had a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He did his best work in the field.

A Gold Glove winner as a center fielder in 2012, McCutchen has been uneven in right field this season but made a pair of sparkling defensive plays to take hits away from Matt Chapman in the fourth and Jonathan Lucroy in the fifth. McCutchen finished with eight putouts.

Jackson allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt was placed on the paternity list. Jones started at third base while Sandoval replaced Belt at first. ... 3B Evan Longoria (broken hand) went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI in a rehab game with Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-3, 2.90 ERA) goes for his fifth win in seven career starts against the A’s on Saturday night. RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.10) pitches for Oakland.

MLB rumors: A's close to deal for Mets reliever Familia

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MLB rumors: A's close to deal for Mets reliever Familia

The A's are reportedly close to adding to their already strong bullpen Friday night, and are nearing a deal for RHP Jeurys Familia from the New York Mets, according to multiple reports. 

The 28-year-old Familia is in his seventh big league season, all with the Mets. In 40 appearances this season, he is 4-4 with a 2.88 ERA and 17 saves in 21 opportunities. He has notched 43 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings, with an opponents batting average of .234.

For his career, Familia is 13-17 with a 2.66 ERA and 123 saves in 141 opportunities.

Familia would likely join Lou Trivino in a setup role for closer Blake Treinen. The A's are a perfect 38-0 when leading after seven innings this season, and 46-0 when leading after eight.