In an age of superteams, Oakland A’s built a winner without tanking

Watching the Oakland Athletics play the past two nights, one feature stood out, aside from the baseball itself: the football yard lines still visible on the field at the Oakland Coliseum. This signifies two important things: 1. The A’s are unlike any other franchise;2. The Raiders apparently have not yet moved to Las Vegas. The A’s are the only team that still shares its stadium with a football team. This, of course, was commonplace for much of baseball history, especially for the three decades beginning in the 1970s when municipalities…

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