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Do you think there are plenty of A’s fans in Oakland and the East Bay? I’m just asking.

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  1. J Canseco

    No. Despite a packed house the past few games, the A’s regularly have 10,000 or fewer fans at a typical game. Their season ticket holder numbers are not high enough to sustain a competitive franchise. This has been the case for a long time. It’s time for them to move.

    I have nothing against Oakland. I like Oakland and I think A’s fans are a very cool bunch. But it’s obvious Oakland is not, for whatever reason, able to sustain a baseball team.

    October 4th, 2012 12:08 pm

  2. Stan

    The A’s were good for 2.4 million a year when they tried to win and loved their fans. THEN Wolff man-the Harvard multi millionaire who claims to have no idea how he drives away fan loyalty. None.
    I don’t think all the previous ownership fan base has died..as a matter of fact many have reproduced. They are there. If Beane and John (I’m rich!) Fisher weren’t smug..they might come back.
    On a related note..you heard Beane take the post game celebration as the place to rip A’s fans,Oakland or the media? “Nobody was here two weeks ago”..he told Kuiper live..TWICE..and I applaud Glenn for not spoiling the moment by encouraging Beane. Glenn just ignored him.

    October 4th, 2012 12:12 pm

  3. Capts

    What an odd question. Of course, they’ve just been beaten down for so long. You do remember that the A’s outdrew the Giants before At&t, right Lowell?

    October 4th, 2012 12:23 pm

  4. David Barnes

    Before I answer he question do you ever respond to comments? Have commented before and get the feeling that you just throw stuff out there and then go someplace else…

    Maybe Chronicle Live?

    As for the question, how do you define plenty? There were plenty when Walter Haas owned the team, not so much with owners before (Finley) or after (Schott, the idiot Fisher) so I guess it depends on context. And if the question is are there ENOUGH fans then I would say yes.

    So what do you think?

    October 4th, 2012 12:24 pm

  5. CohnZohn

    Capts, I agree. I was trying to point that out.

    October 4th, 2012 12:25 pm

  6. SLRaider

    I think there are plenty of A’s fans, but the problem is with the owner that doesn’t want to be there, or is not involved with Oakland. That’s why the Haas family did so well, they were involved with the community. Charles Finley was an absentee owner, always calling from Chicago and the A’s had poor attendance….Wolff is seen sitting at Dodger games and saying how he can’t compete in Oakland….I love the A’s, but I watch from my television even though i’m 4-5 miles away from the Coliseum

    October 4th, 2012 1:04 pm

  7. CohnZohn

    David Barnes, I think when the A’s owners put an exciting product on the field, a team that plays meaningful games, fans will come. Look what happened in the final series against Texas. Actually, I answer comments all the time. Sorry I whiffed on yours.

    October 4th, 2012 1:36 pm

  8. Jason

    Lowell, have any idea what the A’s comcast tv ratings are compared to the Giant’s comcast tv ratings? Can’t compare radio ratings because so much of the bay area can’t pick up A’s radio feed.

    October 4th, 2012 1:55 pm

  9. J Canseco

    The idea that no one comes to A’s games because the ownership is poor is ludicrous. Want to look at a team that singlehandedly debunks that idea? The Chris Cohan-era Golden State Warriors. Case closed.

    Haas sunk his own fortune into the A’s because he was a philanthropist. Well guess what, MLB in 2012 is a business. MLB teams are not run as a charity.

    Oakland the City and Oakland the fanbase do not support the A’s. They don’t come out, they don’t buy season tickets. It’s that simple.

    October 4th, 2012 2:01 pm

  10. Tiburon Dave

    Sorry Capts, I’m with J Canseco.

    They’ve had a magical second half and only started drawing a few weeks ago.

    They’ll sell a few more season tickets and be back below 10,000 next April and May.

    October 4th, 2012 2:11 pm

  11. CohnZohn

    Sorry, Jason, I don’t follow this stuff. I imagine Giants are way more lucrative. They certainly are on radio.

    October 4th, 2012 2:14 pm

  12. Mark M

    No. It takes the entire Bay Area fan base to support either of our local teams. There aren’t enough fans in SF to support the Giants alone either.

    October 4th, 2012 2:43 pm

  13. Dennis

    You show me a winner and I will show you fan support. You show me a loser and I will show you empty seats. The Warriors are an exception to that because they are the only pro basketball game in town and there are more than enough Bay Area basketball fans. But baseball and football, you had better win if you want to sell tickets

    October 4th, 2012 2:49 pm

  14. KauaiRobert

    LC: Do you think there are plenty of A’s fans in Oakland and the East Bay?
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    I hope not…for their sakes.
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    *ALOHA*

    October 4th, 2012 3:17 pm

  15. mendozaline

    The A’s problem has always been poor attendance. It doesn’t matter much who owns the team or how they perform. They are usually in the bottom 1/2 of AL attendance.
    Here is 33 years of data: Sorry for the formatting problems.

    Year Won Lost Finish Tot Att per/game AL Rank Owner

    2012 94 68 1 1,679,013.00 20,729.00 12th of 14 Fisher/Wolff
    2011 74 88 3 1,476,791.00 18,232.00 14th of 14
    2010 81 81 2 1,418,391.00 17,511.00 13th of 14
    2009 75 87 4 1,408,783.00 17,392.00 14th of 14
    2008 75 86 3 1,665,256.00 20,559.00 13th of 14
    2007 76 86 3 1,921,844.00 23,726.00 12th of 14
    2006 93 69 1 1,976,625.00 24,403.00 12th of 14
    2005 88 74 2 2,109,118.00 26,038.00 8th of 14 Schott/Hoffman
    2004 91 71 2 2,201,516.00 27,179.00 7th of 14
    2003 96 66 1 2,216,596.00 27,365.00 6th of 14
    2002 103 59 1 2,169,811.00 26,788.00 8th of 14
    2001 102 60 2 2,133,277.00 26,337.00 7th of 14
    2000 91 70 1 1,603,744.00 19,799.00 11th of 14
    1999 87 75 2 1,434,610.00 17,711.00 12th of 14
    1998 74 88 4 1,232,343.00 15,214.00 13th of 14
    1997 65 97 4 1,264,218.00 15,608.00 14th of 14
    1996 78 84 3 1,148,380.00 14,178.00 14th of 14
    1995 67 77 4 1,174,310.00 16,310.00 12th of 14 Haas
    1994 51 63 2 1,242,692.00 22,191.00 13th of 14
    1993 68 94 7 2,035,025.00 25,124.00 11th of 14
    1992 96 66 1 2,494,160.00 30,792.00 4th of 14
    1991 84 78 4 2,713,493.00 33,500.00 3rd of 14
    1990 103 59 1 2,900,217.00 35,805.00 2nd of 14
    1989 99 63 1 2,667,225.00 32,929.00 2nd of 14
    1988 104 58 1 2,287,335.00 28,239.00 7th of 14
    1987 81 81 3 1,678,921.00 20,727.00 11th of 14
    1986 76 86 3 1,314,646.00 15,839.00 11th of 14
    1985 77 85 4 1,334,599.00 16,894.00 11th of 14
    1984 77 85 4 1,353,281.00 16,707.00 11th of 14
    1983 74 88 4 1,294,941.00 15,987.00 11th of 14
    1982 68 94 5 1,735,489.00 21,426.00 6th of 14
    1981 64 45 1 1,304,052.00 23,287.00 4th of 14
    1980 83 79 2 842,259.00 10,398.00 12th of 14
    1979 54 108 7 306,763.00 3,787.00 14th of 14 Finley
    1978 69 93 6 526,999.00 6,587.00 14th of 14
    1977 63 98 7 495,599.00 6,119.00 14th of 14
    1976 87 74 2 780,593.00 9,637.00 11th of 12
    1975 98 64 1 1,075,518.00 13,278.00 6th of 12
    1974 90 72 1 845,693.00 10,441.00 11th of 12
    1973 94 68 1 1,000,763.00 12,355.00 8th of 12
    1972 93 62 1 921,323.00 11,965.00 5th of 12
    1971 101 60 1 914,993.00 11,296.00 7th of 12
    1970 89 73 2 778,355.00 9,609.00 9th of 12

    October 4th, 2012 3:43 pm

  16. Capts

    How did the Giants draw at Candlestick? I guess SF didn’t have enough fans? Please. They play in a football stadium in a bad part of town with no attractions before or after the game. They need a new yard, in Oakland, and people from around Northern Ca will come out.

    October 4th, 2012 4:02 pm

  17. Stan

    J Canseco isn’t worthy of the name. THE FACTS are..the A’s HAVE NEVER LOST MONEY IN OAKLAND. There are WILLING BUYERS..yet,the poor mouthers wil not sell. I call that hypocrisy.
    J must be blind and deaf to not know that the A’s want to leave because Wolff has San Jose real estate holdings..and he’s a L.A. citizen..no ties to Oakland. John Fisher? I haven’t read of a single media person try to contact that greedy SOB. NOT ONE!..He as owner is a hider..no accountability. And worse,the media and even Oakland officials wont pressure a man who thinks he is king.

    October 4th, 2012 5:14 pm

  18. Stan

    This year is great..but Beane himself had no idea. He as much as went on radio in MAY..and pushed the “We cant compete with Anaheim”..in MAY!..and pre season?..Beane would not attend fan appreciation day. Jeez,how cowardly.Even old man Wolff showed up.

    October 4th, 2012 5:18 pm

  19. Stan

    That weird Beane moment? It was like he was on the edge of doing another rant of telling the media (like he did Chris Townsend) “To crawl back into your holes under the bridge”.

    Slick,has anger management issues I feel.

    October 4th, 2012 7:30 pm

  20. Bill

    Of coarse there’s a huge A’s fan base. A whole lot of them are just shunning ownership right now for wanting to move the team. Don’t say that’s ludicrous. It’s the truth. Did you people watch the A’s game on Wednesday? I was there. It was packed and the fans were amazing. It’s simple here in the Bay Area. If you win, they will come.

    Most people in the Bay Area are fair-weather sports fans. They like winners and don’t care about losers. All the fair-weather fans have their Giants hats on right now because they have a stadium and won the world series recently. If the A’s win the World Series this year all those fans will gladly take their Giants hats off and put on their A’s hats.

    I also find it funny that Lowell can barely get two sentences out about the A’s. This must just be killing you Lowell!

    October 4th, 2012 7:33 pm

  21. Gopal

    I think there are, but i don’t think too many of them feel any particular attachment to Oakland.

    does anyone else perceive the same?

    October 4th, 2012 7:39 pm

  22. J Canseco

    Mendo, get out of here with that raw, factual data. You’re confusing the Giants fans.

    October 4th, 2012 7:46 pm

  23. Capts

    Right, because anyone who believes the A’s belong in Oakland is a Giants fan. What a moronic line of thinking. This really must be Jose Canseco.

    October 4th, 2012 10:22 pm

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