The Oakland Athletics will soon have a new home.
The ongoing saga has nearly reached its end.
On Thursday, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo made it official on Thursday that soon, the A’s will be moving to Las Vegas.
MLB owners are expected to unanimously approve the relocation in the coming weeks.
Not since 2005 when the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals has a team relocated.
The A’s will soon break that trend.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided the news of the A’s officially being set to move to Las Vegas, marking the end of a long-standing saga with a franchise in turmoil.
Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo makes it official.
The Oakland A’s are moving to Las Vegas.
MLB owners are expected to unanimously approve the relocation within the next few weeks.
This is the 1st MLB franchise to relocate since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 16, 2023
This is ultimately a sad situation.
Fans in Oakland have been through a lot of pain as of late.
The A’s reached the postseason in three consecutive years from 2018-20 and still finished above the .500 mark in 2021.
However, heading into 2022, owner John Fisher decided to tank and trade away assets such as Chris Bassitt, Matt Olson, and Matt Chapman.
This past offseason, the tanking process continued as the A’s shipped former Gold Glove catcher Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves, where he would rejoin Olson.
As a result, the A’s have been performing quite poorly thanks to Fisher choosing to tank.
The term “small market” is often used to describe teams such as the A’s.
It’s also an excuse several owners use to not spend money and improve their teams.
Alas, the process is nearly complete and soon, fans in Oakland will lose their team, which only adds to the pain.NEXT: Oakland Mayor Fights Back Against MLB's Comments On A's Stadium