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Let's review the perks of managing in Oakland:
An outdated and cavernous dual-purpose stadium in a bad section of a dangerous town?
Consistent home attendance of what appears to be no more than 5,000 fans (despite the team's inflation of the number of butts in Coliseum seats?
A roster full of guys in the twilight of their career and a handful of floundering former propects?
A depleted minor league system?
No hope of getting your owner to loosen the purse strings until he can move the team to San Jose?
Who wouldn't want this job, right?
After years of competing with large-market teams by cycling a bevy of young and cheap talent through the organization until each player's asking price became too expensive, the A's have thrown in the towel on Oakland and have their sights set on San Jose and all of the Silicon Valley cash that that would come with a move.
Gone with the devotion to Oakland is the team's commitment to young talent, or seemingly competing in the AL West at all, until they secure the new ballpark.
Out this offseason were burgeoning front-line starters Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez, as well as former AL Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey. The A's made no effort to re-sign the centerpiece of their 2011 offense, Josh Willingham, and lost Hideki Matsui, likely to retirement.
The A's best hot stove signing was Chili Davis, hired as the team's hitting coach. Although Chili might be good company on the bench, it's never a good sign when your best offseason signing is an assistant coach.
Managing in Oakland right now is a test of patience and tolerance, as Bob Melvin must guide the team through 162 games knowing that, not only is the system stacked against him, but his owner has Rachel Phelps-esque aspirations of stocking the team with the dregs of the league in order to hasten a profitable move.