The Oakland Athletics are a perfect example of a sad MLB franchise with little to no hope of coming out of the sad rut they’re in.
This is a team that will occasionally have a few good seasons in between all the bad ones, but will fall apart shortly thereafter.
Such is the case with many small-market teams.
But the A’s have been using the phrase “small market” to describe their team for years now, and fans are tired of hearing it, given that they play in the same market as the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors, as one frustrated Bay Area sports analyst points out.
Interesting that the NBA’s Golden State Warriors are considered ‘large market,’ while MLB’s Oakland A’s, a few miles away, always singing the Small Market Blues.
And, no, sharing a large market does not = small market.
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) October 28, 2022
Analyst Calls Out A’s For Small Market Claim
While it is worth noting that the Warriors once played in Oakland and ultimately left, and that the Las Vegas Raiders left Oakland twice, the market is still relatively the same.
The San Francisco Bay Area has a ton of sports teams.
For some reason, the A’s just seem to play second fiddle to the rest.
It’s a frustrating trend for many Oakland sports fans.
But it is still interesting that the A’s use the “small market” claim to justify the fact that they rarely spend any money or make any trades to improve the team, given the market they actually play in.
Why the A’s play second fiddle to the rest is unknown, but one would think that given the fact that the Warriors, who play in the area are considered a “big market” team, that the A’s might consider themselves the same.