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    Manfred Reportedly Told Oakland Officials That The As Could Move To Las Vegas
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    Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said today that Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has indicated that he sees Las Vegas, Nevada as a possible relocation spot for the Athletics, Sal Castaneda of KTVU reports on Twitter. Manfreds threat of exploring options in Vegas had been reported recently by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The newly combative stance from MLBs top official arose after the city of Oakland filed a surprise suit to block a major portion of the As stadium plans. Manfreds already reported comments conveyed a thinly veiled warning that the team and league could consider alternatives. But it was not known that he had specifically floated Las Vegas as a realistic possibility.

    Vegas holds particular allure for Major League Baseball and special meaning to Oakland-area fans. After all, Sin City just lured away the Raiders with a massively subsidized new stadium. Whether or not theres further appetite in Nevada for taxpayer-funded facilities isnt really clear, but it is at least a facially plausible threat for the commissioner to make. Notably, though, local officials said they were unaware of any actual discussions to this point, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Several other cities have been mentioned at times as potential relocation spots, but its not clear which if any would be serious possibilities with the Rays already flirting with Montreal.

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    I have to imagine it was done more as a cutdown/threat than anything. Las Vegas already has a AAA team.

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