San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin regretted the relocation of the Oakland Athletics, who held the baton in the past. 안전놀이터
NBC Sports, an American media, reported on the 20th (Korean time), “Coach Melvin is one of many players and coaches in the major leagues who will be sad to see the ace (Oakland’s nickname) leave Oakland.”
Auckland, which has a home in Oakland, California, USA, signed a contract to purchase a site for the construction of a new stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the relocation became influential. This is a situation where many Auckland fans are against it. Adding to this, the average attendance of Oakland is staying at the bottom of the major leagues (9,688).
Melvin coached Oakland for 11 years, from 2011 to 2021, before taking over as San Diego manager last season. “It’s sad,” said Melvin. “Nobody who grew up here wants that to happen. I’m not 100% sure what will happen yet. However, many people cheered for Ace, and many stories were accumulated during its long history. There have been many victories, and the great players in baseball have played there.”
NBC Sports said, “Governor Joe Lombardo of Nevada signed a bill to support $380 million (about 489.4 billion won) for the Ace New Stadium project, which is expected to cost $1.5 billion (about 1.932 trillion won). This is a big step towards ointment transfer. The Ace will now apply for a transfer of ointment, and an official decision will be made by the vote of the 30 major league owners.”
Director Melvin said, “It will be a sad thing to move the ointment. We’ll have to see what happens in the future. Going to Las Vegas looks promising, but we won’t know until the last minute. I think a lot of people are holding out the hope that it might not happen,” he said, expressing his hopes that Auckland will never leave.
Former director Art Howe, who is famous for being the main character of Moneyball, also said, “Our fans deserve a team. I sympathize with the hearts of the fans. They are just great fans.”