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What they’re saying about the A’s getting approved to move to Las Vegas

Updated November 16, 2023 - 4:32 pm

What MLB media and observers are saying about MLB owners approving the Oakland A’s relocation to Las Vegas:

Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts International CEO (@billhornbuckle)

Congrats to the @Athletics for gaining approval to officially relocate to Las Vegas. I fully expect that a new baseball stadium will bolster economic activity, create jobs, and generate exciting new development opportunities. The big events really do happen in Las Vegas, and we’re looking forward to partnering with the A’s and Commissioner Manfred to give baseball fans an experience like no other.

Erik Jimenez, Chief Police Deputy for the Nevada state treasurer’s office

I’ve been waiting for Major League Baseball to come to Las Vegas ever since I can remember. … And even though we’ll have to root for the @Athletics going forward, it’s worth the sacrifice.

Jon Heyman, New York Post (@JonHeyman)

Big plus for A’s (and Giants) that MLB owners this morning unanimously approved A’s move to Las Vegas

Bob Nightengale, USA Today (@BNightengale)

This is MLB’s first relocation since 2005, and only second since 1972.

Danny Valencia, former A’s player (@dannyvalencia19)

Sad day for the Oakland A’s fans. You all deserved better. Some of my best moments in baseball are from my time playing with the @Athletics. Living in the East Bay was the cherry on top. (prayer hands)

Britt Ghiroli, The Athletic (@Britt_Ghiroli)

Moving the A’s to Las Vegas feels like a decision that will be regretted.

Josh Dubow, The Associated Press (@JoshDubowAP)

The A’s have won 4,545 games since arriving in Oakland (6th-most since 1968) and 4 World Series titles. Only other teams to win 4+ WS titles in that span: Yankees 7 Red Sox 4

Howie Rose, New York Mets radio play-by-play on WCBS-880 (@HowieRose)

Fans of the Oakland A’s deserve so much better. From (Charles) Finley to (John) Fisher the ownership has tested their resolve. I will always believe that what new ballparks did in Cleveland and Pittsburgh could have been accomplished in Oakland, but alas it appears not to be. Just a shame.

Craig Morgan, PHNX Sports (@CraigSMorgan)

Never would have dreamed that the NBA would be the last of the major pro sports leagues to launch in Vegas (yes, I know the A’s still have hurdles to cross).

Travis Sawchik, The Score (@Travis_Sawchik)

SF Giants seem like the big winner in all of this. Northern California is no longer shared territory.

Chelsea Janes, Washington Post (@chelsea_janes)

Way Fisher and his group handled this process and the city of Oakland, the skepticism with which Vegas public has received them, the way the owners let it proceed despite legit red flags, leaves terrible taste in everyone’s mouth. Ignominious start for MLB in Vegas, at best.

Montreal Expos (@Montreal_Expos)

(Heart emoji) for Oakland.

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times (@Bill Shaikin)

This is a dark day for the great fans of Oakland, who did nothing to deserve the loss of the A’s. Oakland now has lost teams in each of the 4 major sports leagues: A’s and Raiders to Las Vegas, Warriors to (San Francisco) and, in 1976, NHL Golden Seals to Cleveland.

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