For A's, a way to San Jose?

Updated: September 15, 2011, 10:34 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The Oakland Athletics are a rotting franchise, entrenched in intransigence, so for the folks who work in the team's front office, Mark Purdy's story that Bill Neukom has been forced out as the managing general partner of the Giants was almost certainly taken as a glimpse of an oasis.

It's possible, of course, that this is just a mirage. Larry Baer, who is replacing Neukom, could adopt Neukom's hard line as his own, at the urging of the Giants' ocean of owners. But, as Purdy writes within his story:

The Giants' stance regarding territorial rights to the South Bay is also not likely to change because Baer has been at the forefront of trying to keep the A's from pursuing a new ballpark in San Jose.

Major League Baseball, however, must approve the Giants' ownership moves and the A's issue could be part of that dialogue.

And Major League Baseball is desperate for a solution, 30 months since a committee was formed to study Oakland's ballpark situation. The committee has taken about 500 more days -- and counting -- than the Warren Commission did in generating a resolution.