Tuesday, July 27, 2010
MLB wants San Jose to hold A's vote
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Major League Baseball is asking San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to hold off on putting a measure on the ballot for an Oakland Athletics ballpark.
Reed said he spoke with MLB President Bob DuPuy on Tuesday about the proposed measure.
Last week, the mayor said he would ask the City Council to approve a ballot measure even though MLB has yet to decide whether the team can move. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig had said he was "disappointed" with Reed's action.
The A's need approval before they can move to San Jose because the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights to the area. Voters also have to approve a stadium.
Reed, who said he would consider the request, also said the league committed to help pay for a special election if one is required.