Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

A's owner apologizes for coliseum conditions

The SportsXchange

Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff apologized to the Seattle Mariners and complained to Major League Baseball about O.co Coliseum conditions on Monday.

The apology and complaints came a day after a raw sewage leak forced the A's and visiting Seattle Mariners to shower together in the Oakland Raiders' clubhouse inside the coliseum.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge had to hold his postgame press conference in a hallway because his office was overrun with sewage.

"If we keep this up the next few months, I'll start to get cocky," Wolff told USA Today. "It's all a bunch of crap. It's a sad situation. I'm not the one in charge of raw sewage. Then again, maybe I am."

A blocked pipe led to raw sewage backing up into the showers and bathrooms. Damaged areas included both managers' offices, the umpires room and the Mariners' training room,

David Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that such problems are not uncommon at the Coliseum, which was built in 1966, but "never to this extent."

Rinetti said all affected carpeting will be replaced before the team returns for its next homestand on June 24.

Several years ago, the Los Angeles Angels filed a complaint about unsanitary conditions, voicing concerns about E. coli in the training room after similar flooding.

The A's ownership has wanted to relocate the team, but has not made progress in plans to get a new ballpark financed. The Coliseum is jointly owned by the city of Oakland and Alameda County, and operated by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Major League Baseball issued a statement on the issue. The MLB statement read, "As we have stated many times, the Oakland A's need a new ballpark. Sunday's unfortunate incident is a stark illustration that they need a long-term solution. This industry has a long record of navigating challenging circumstances and finding solutions. The situation in Oakland is particularly complicated, evident through the years of work it has required, yet we remain hopeful that a resolution can be reached so that the A's can secure the 21st Century venue that the franchise and its fans deserve."

A's manager Bob Melvin told the Chronicle, "I've never seen anything like that. I'm glad it was getaway day for the teams. We know Seattle well enough from a trip to Japan last year, so everyone was showering together in the Raiders lockerroom. It was an inconvenience but at the end of the day it was one day. Hopefully they've taken care of it when we get home."
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (134)