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MLB told A’s no move to San Jose: Report

Oakland AthleticsThe San Jose Mercury-News is reporting Major League Baseball officially turned down Lew Wolff’s request to move the Oakland Athletics to San Jose last July, a day before San Jose filed suit against MLB.

A letter from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was filed as part of court documents Friday outlining why San Jose should not prevail in its legal attempt to allow the A’s to move to a privately financed ballpark. It’s proof, say MLB lawyers, that San Jose has no standing to sue MLB — a lawsuit that has already been largely rejected by the courts. From the Mercury-News:

In a court filing late Friday in San Jose’s lawsuit over the stalled decision that has kept the A’s in Oakland’s deteriorating Coliseum, MLB lawyers for the first time argued they already made that decision in June — a day before the city sued. And the answer straight from Commissioner Bud Selig: at least for now, no way San Jose.

In the court document, MLB lawyers revealed that the league denied the A’s relocation request in a June 17 letter from Selig, who “formally notified the Athletics’ ownership that he was not satisfied with the club’s relocation proposal.” San Jose filed its lawsuit against MLB the following day, alleging the league had violated antitrust laws and unlawfully interfered with a November 2011 option agreement between the city and the A’s to buy ballpark land.

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