San Jose mayor seeks major league team

Updated: March 20, 2005, 6:12 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales announced plans to submit a proposal to baseball in hopes of attracting a team to the city, which rests 50 miles south of San Francisco.

Gonzales held an informal news conference in front of Phoenix Muni Stadium before the start of Sunday's spring training game between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

"A major league team in San Jose just makes sense," Gonzales said. "San Jose represents baseball for the future. If San Jose had an American League team, we would be the fifth-largest city in the league."

San Jose, known as the heart of Silicon Valley, has been the center of an ongoing debate for the A's and Giants the past two decades.

San Francisco was given territorial rights to San Jose when the Giants moved west from New York in 1958. Since then, both Bay area teams have made inquiries into moving their franchises there. San Jose is one of the fastest growing cities in America.

"The city of San Jose, and not Peter Magowan, should decide if the city has a team," Gonzales said. "I think a solution can be worked out between the owners and Major League Baseball."

Magowan, the Giants' managing general partner, has consistently denied any request to forgo the team's rights to the area, and that stance has been supported by commissioner Bud Selig as recently as last year.

"Let him go," Magowan said, referring to Gonzales. "It's a waste of time."

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