MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance for the A's AL Wild Card Game loss to the Rays at the Coliseum, but he also has made his presence known in Oakland in even bigger ways recently.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Phil Matier reported Sunday that Manfred told Oakland officials they need to drop their lawsuit of the Coliseum land site to the A's or risk the team relocating to another city.
“He kind of laid down the law,” City Councilman Larry Reid, who also sits on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, said to the Chronicle.
The A’s want to develop the 155-acre Coliseum site to help pay for a privately financed ballpark, which they have proposed be built at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square. One warning Manfred made to officials is that the A's could make Las Vegas their future home, just like the Raiders are.