Slap Hitter: Mayor Dellums goes to bat for Oakland baseball

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Finally, the home team takes its turn at the plate. Oakland mayor Ron Dellums has mildly weighed in on keeping the A's in Oakland. A letter is on its way to baseball commissioner Bud Selig. I'm not sure that a mildly stern missive is going to make much of a difference, but it is nice at least to hear the mayor's office willing to make a pitch for a venue that seats a million plus every year.

The mayor wants to set up a task force, and though that may not slow the caravan of the A's road show. ("Fremont...Fremont?....San Jose....San Jose?...") it at least shows a faint pulse of awareness (how's that for a re-election slogan?) of a city that's been way too silent once Robert Bobb gave up the ghost of a downtown ballpark.

The Fox is up Ron, now the A's are in the on-deck circle. The letter A is at least, a start.— Kibby Kleiman

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