OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff insists his team is staying put. For now, anyway.
Wolff said Monday through the team that the A's will extend their lease at the Oakland Coliseum and "look forward to another great season." The team's managing partner responded to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle saying Major League Baseball might get involved to help the A's play across the bay in the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park if no short-term lease was reached to continue their home games in the rundown Coliseum.
"It's a little more rugged," A's center fielder Coco Crisp said of the ballpark. "It does have its own personality."
It was unclear how many years Oakland is seeking for its lease, and the team declined further comment since no deal has been reached with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. The Giants didn't comment on the Chronicle report.
The small-budget A's have won consecutive AL West titles, losing in five games of the division series to the Detroit Tigers in each of the past Octobers. The Coliseum, shared with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, had multiple sewage problems in 2013 that caused damage during games.
In September, A's players reported foul smells from the bathroom end of their dugout, while infielder Jemile Weeks said there was "a good amount" of water being cleaned out of the area during a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels. That came after a June incident in which a clogged pipe caused a sewage backup and flooding on the bottom floor of the ballpark that sent the Seattle Mariners and A's scrambling around in towels and heading for higher ground in the Raiders' locker room.
After a hazmat crew inspected the affected areas for E-coli, new carpeting was installed and other extensive work was done in the hallway between clubhouses, and there was a cleanup in the umpires' room. The Coliseum facility construction crew removed some lockers in the visiting clubhouse to repair water-damaged walls with new sheetrock and wooden supports. In addition, new drywall was put in about a foot above the floor.