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Selig Sees Athletics' Future in Oakland

July 16, 2014

By Bob Nightengale, @BNightengale, USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics not only dominated the All-Star Game with six players, but Commissioner Bud Selig says he thinks they'll soon have a permanent home.

Yes, back at the Coliseum with a 10-year lease, filled with escape clauses.

"It's a concern, except for we're two-thirds of the way home, which is pretty good," Selig said. "We have one more hurdle to go, and I feel it'll be solved. It's disappointing sometimes. We had a deal done. We're talking about the complexity of the situation and difficulty, we had a deal done, and we've got to go through the tortures of hell to get to where we are."

Rose opening?The Cincinnati Reds will be allowed to include Pete Rose in All-Star Game festivities next season, even if it is on a limited basis, Selig said Tuesday.

Speaking exclusively to the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, baseball's outgoing commissioner was asked if Rose would be allowed to be included in All-Star celebrations next year when Cincinnati hosts the game.

"That'll be up to the Cincinnati club, and they know what they can do and they can't do," Selig said. "They've been very good about that. We haven't had that discussion."

Hurt, but here: The Baltimore Orioles' Matt Wieters was voted by fans as the starting catcher for the American League. But he was unable to play after having Tommy John elbow surgery June 17, and the Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez took his place.

Despite wearing a brace that ran nearly the length of his right arm, Wieters gamely signed an assortment of balls, bats and jerseys for his AL teammates before the game.

"It's my therapy for the day," Wieters cracked.

Long distance: Though Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby on Monday night, both clubhouses were buzzing a day later about the ball Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit that nearly reached the last row of the left-field upper deck.

"Nobody will probably hit one like that in this ballpark again -- unless it's Giancarlo," Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. "Who else can hit a ball that far?"

Contributing: John Perrotto, C. Trent Rosencrans

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