Bud Selig Says Oakland Coliseum, ‘A Pit,’ Reminds Him Of Shea Stadium

'It Reminds Me Of Old County Stadium And Shea Stadium'
An exterior view of Shea Stadium (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

An exterior view of Shea Stadium (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — MLB commissioner Bud Selig dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to answer some rapid-fire questions regarding various issues, starting with Oakland Coliseum, where the Athletics and Raiders play.

“It’s a pit,” Selig told host John Feinstein. “It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”

But hasn’t the committee been working on it for a long time? What’s the holdup?

“We have, John, but I’ll tell you it’s far more complex,” Selig said. “Look, you have one team that wants to move and the other team doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very complicated situation. Before I leave, I’m satisfied we’ll work out something.”

The Athletics, by virtue of winning the American League West, will host postseason games at its “pit.”

“I’m not happy about it,” Selig said. “It’s an unfortunate mess. I wish there was an easy solution, but in truth, there is not an easy solution.”

While Selig will have to stomach Oakland Coliseum in the postseason, he won’t have to stomach Alex Rodriguez, as the Yankees are out of postseason contention.

“I’m not going to comment on Alex,” Selig said. “A lot of people have asked me that question and that’s a fair question and a tough question — but certainly one worthwhile. But I’m satisfied that I’m going to let circumstances play out here.”


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