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Leading Off: Is Mount Mark Davis coming to Raley Field?

07/30/2014 6:05 PM

07/31/2014 6:44 AM

The River Cats have scheduled a news conference at Raley Field prior to Saturday night’s game against the Las Vegas 51s.

The team says it will announce plans for a “major construction project” at Raley Field at season’s end, one that will affect the seating capacity of this gem of a minor-league ballpark that holds 14,014 for baseball just off the banks of the Sacramento River.

When pressed for a hint of what was to be revealed at the news conference, River Cats public relations charge Mark Ling would only confirm Wednesday that Raley Field will not be expanded so the A’s can move to Sacramento.

But he didn’t say anything about the Raiders!

With so many questions about the future of the Raiders in Oakland, and there being at least a discussion of exploring the idea of San Antonio as an option, why wouldn’t owner Mark Davis consider relocating his team to Sacramento as his father, Al, did in 1990?

The Sacramento City Council even offered Al Davis a $50 million “franchise fee” that sat on the table for 90 days before it was finally pulled.

Maybe Saturday’s news conference will reveal a plan to build Mount Mark Davis beyond the right-field wall.

Imagine, no more glare from the buildings across the river. Imagine no more view of any buildings across the river.

The Raiders could play here for a season, fail to sell seats upon Mount Davis II and then cover up the monstrosity with a tarp – ruining a beautiful baseball park just as the NFL team did the Oakland Coliseum.

–Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

Golf, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, GOLF, 10:30 a.m.: Tiger Woods looks to rebound at Firestone Country Club.


Today’s poll

What is the future of the Oakland Raiders?

• New stadium in Oakland.
• Relocate to Los Angeles, elsewhere.

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Wednesday’s results

What do you think of Ray Guy entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

• It’s about time: 95%
• Punters don’t belong: 5%

Total votes: 139

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