Sell the team, or invest long-term in building a championship caliber team
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Oakland Athletics fans are some of the most enthusiastic and loyal fans in sports. They are also one of the most long-suffering. It's clear that the current owners, Lew Wolff and John Fisher, aren't willing to compete with other clubs to go after foundational players headed to free agency, or to lock them into new contracts before their contract year. This approach will never build a team that will contend for a championship. General Manager Billy Beane does a decent job putting together a team from the scrap of other teams, and untested prospects. But to reach the playoffs and ultimately win the World Series, owners and managers need to adopt a multi-year approach to build a winner, not try to piece together a winner in one off-season. Secondly, the current A's owners haven't been serious about pursuing options for a new ballpark. Wolff's plan to build in San Jose was always a non-starter. He wasted years holding to that plan, and dismisses serious proposals for a new ballpark in Oakland. In short, the current A's ownership has no vision, and no interest in investing in the future of this club, and should either sell to an ownership group that will invest in the future, or they need to change their approach to ownership. Wolff and Fisher have owned the A's for ten years. The team is no closer to the World Series, and no closer to having a new ballpark, than when they took over the team. Ownership, committed to the future, is needed in Oakland.
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