Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the sport will consider expansion Alvin Kamara Jersey , but only after the A’s and Rays get new stadiums.
The A’s hoped to build in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt on land owned by Laney College, but the Peralta Community College District’s board of trustees killed the project in December. The team is now considering building adjacent to its current home at the Oakland Coliseum or on the waterfront at the Howard Terminal, which is more distant to mass transit.
”I remain committed to the Oakland market, and it’s not out of some conceptual fealty to the notion of franchise stability,” Manfred said Tuesday at a meeting of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. ”It is because I believe that there is not another market in the United States that has the upside potential that Oakland has, and I think we would regret leaving Oakland.”
Manfred called the Laney College plans ”an unfortunate misstep.”
”There is no human endeavor where you get it right every single time,” he said. ”I think Howard Terminal is viable. I think the Coliseum site is viable. And we will be continuing to encourage the A’s to get to a decision point sooner rather than later on where they want to be so that you can get to the next step, which is determining whether you have economic viability in terms of financing and the like.”
The Rays revealed plans last week for a domed ballpark in the Ybor City area of Tampa, which would involve a move across the bay from their Tropicana Field home in St. Petersburg. The 30,842-seat stadium would be the smallest in the major leagues and is estimated to cost $892 million. Its roof would be translucent.
”I thought the design was innovative and well-suited to the Tampa Bay market,” Manfred said. ”I think it was economically efficient.”
Manfred said the next step is a financing plan
”Stadiums are municipal assets Kerry Wynn Jersey ,” he said. ”They are indicative of a … regions’ status kind of as a major league city, and participation either in terms of businesses or governmental entities in the financing of the stadium I continue to believe is completely appropriate.”
He added ”if you are going to have private financing, the other piece that has to be present is support for the club in terms of attendance, sponsorship and all those great things that put the owner in a position to repay the debt that they inevitably would have to incur to get the stadium constructed.”
Jalen Ramsey spent the past few months working out at his father’s training facility in Nashville.
It was a new routine that caused him to miss Jacksonville’s offseason conditioning program.
The All-Pro cornerback has no regrets, though, about the time away from coaches and teammates.
”How do I put this the nicest way possible?” Ramsey said Tuesday after the first of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
”I don’t think any of my teammates had an issue because they know I was going to come back ready. But at the same time, if they did, I don’t think I would care `cause once I get out here I know what I was doing was the right thing for me.”
Ramsey worked out in Jacksonville before his first two NFL seasons and fell behind both times because of injuries.
”It was an offseason of getting back to the basics for me, kind of doing what got me to the position I’m in right now,” he said. ”It was also an offseason for me that I kind of labeled as `no-setback season Brooks Reed Jersey ,’ just `cause in the previous two years I haven’t even made it this far.”
He had surgery in May 2016 for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery last June for a sports hernia.
Ramsey still managed to become the best player on a stout defense.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the league last year, locking down No. 1 receivers on a weekly basis. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in his second season and made the more exclusive All-Pro team.
”I thought I was good in the past two years, and stay tuned,” he said.
Ramsey already has matchups circled months before the season, beginning with Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants in the opener and continuing a few weeks later against Kansas City’s Tyreke Hill. The list also includes familiar faces such as former teammate Allen Hurns, Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins, Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery, Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown.
”It’s what I love, but I can’t just love it,” Ramsey said. ”I’ve got to prepare for it, too Jack Tatum Jersey , so that’s what I’ve been doing this whole offseason. That’s what I’ll continue to do.”
The Jaguars welcomed Ramsey back for minicamp, but coach Doug Marrone planned to work him in slowly.
”Jalen has worked extremely hard with training with his dad. He’s anxious to go out there and say, `I’m ready to go. Let’s go,”’ Marrone said. ”I’m more like, `OK, listen, we’re going to get you in there for a couple and take you out. We just want to see where you are.
”The worst thing you can do as a coach is put someone out there that maybe is not ready. Not to say that Jalen is not ready, but we want to make sure that we are doing the right thing for all of the players.”
Ramsey had 107 tackles, 31 pass breakups and six interceptions in his first two seasons. He’s earned the respect of opponents as well as teammates, which made his decision to skip Jacksonville’s offseason program an easier one.
”I know what I was doing is going to get me prepared as best as anything for the season,” he said. ”Once I put that out on the field Star Lotulelei Jersey , there won’t be any issues. I have a good relationship with all my teammates anyways, so if they did they would hit me up. I did it respectful. … I hit up people. I was like, `Hey, yo, look, this is my plan for the offseason.’
”And it’s not that I felt like I owed anybody an explanation. It’s just that’s how we vibe. That’s the locker room. … I was like, `Yo, I know y’all fixin’ to start it up. I’m not coming. I’m doing my thing. No worries.’ They said it right back: `You good, bro.”’