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MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says Athletics need a new ballpark

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Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is set to leave his post in January, but there is at least one issue that hasn’t been resolved that he says has left him "frustrated."

The drama with the Oakland Athletics stadium continues, even though the team reached a 10-year lease agreement with city officials to stay put. They have occupied the run-down Oakland-Alameda County (O.co) Coliseum since 1966, and it has been plagued with problems, including a sewer issue last season. 

"This is always something I wanted to get resolved before I leave office, which is another 5½ or six months," Selig said to the Associated Press. "I've always said the local club, they know their market best."

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The A’s had planned to move to San Jose, but that plan and others have been put on hold because of litigation. 

"I know there's been criticism about the length this has taken. I'm proud of everything we've done the last 22 years, but this is one of those things as I look back on it, however, it's complicated, it's very complicated," Selig said. 

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