October 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics players and coaches stand for the national anthem before game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics Staying Put, For Now

UPDATED Monday, Nov. 4, 1:13 p.m.

Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Monday that the A’s are staying in Oakland, at least for the time being.

Wolff told the Associated Press the team will extend its lease at O.co Coliseum in response to a San Francisco Chronicle report that Major League Baseball might get involved to help the A’s play next season at AT&T Park in San Francisco if no stadium deal could be reached in Oakland.

The Coliseum has gotten run down in recent years, with a couple of incidents with sewage problems this season.

In June, a clogged pipe backed up sewage and flooded the bottom floor of the ballpark, including the home and visiting clubhouses. In September A’s players said there were foul smells coming from the bathroom in their dugout.

Wolff has been aggressive in his efforts to get a ballpark built for the A’s in San Jose, a move the rival Giants oppose, claiming San Jose is their market, not Oakland’s.

The A’s had the lowest payroll in baseball in 2012 at $59.5 million and were 27th in MLB in 2013 at $71.1 million. Oakland won the AL West title both years.

The Giants had no comment on the Chronicle report.

According to the report, MLB was prepared to move the A’s to AT&T Park in San Francisco—home of the rival Giants—if a deal couldn’t be reached between the stadium authority and the A’s.

The A’s have played at O.co Coliseum—under various facility names—since 1968, when former owner Charlie O. Finley moved the team from Kansas City.

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