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Mayor Johnson and Think Big to Announce MLB Plans

BaseballMajor League BaseballKevin JohnsonOakland AthleticsBo JacksonAEG

While Bo Jackson may have moved between the football and baseball worlds, it now appears Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson wants to switch from hoops to America's pastime, baseball.

In an 11 a.m. news conference Monday, Johnson, along with Think Big are expected to announce their plans to try and lure Major League Baseball in general and perhaps the Oakland A's in particular to the rail yards site just north of Downtown.

It was a move hinted at by Johnson on May 22nd, "We are watching very closely what happens in Oakland," the mayor said during a press conference. Johnson further suggested the site of the rail yards could be a good fit for a MLB stadium. "It was landlocked, that's why I said it didn't make sense. The rail yards site north of the tracks is 200 plus acres, so I think there's many acres that I think could be viable for a facility if that was the case."

The rail yards saga entered a new chapter just last week when it was revealed arena giant AEG wouldn't partner with Sacramento unless there was an anchor tenant for the facility. Earlier in 2012, the Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings pulled out of a deal that would have built a new basketball arena in the rail yards site.

Stick with FOX40 and FOX40.com for details as they happen on this developing story.

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