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A’s officials planning visit to Cincinnati


Fans cheer a flyover during National Anthem before Oakland Athletics play Tampa Bay Rays in American League Wild Card game at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

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The A’s tour of potential relocation sites reportedly will include a stop in the Pacific Northwest.

A’s officials plan to visit Cincinnati, Ore., next month to explore possibilities for moving the team there, the Oregonian reported Monday. The A’s received permission from Major League Baseball this month to explore other markets even as they seek approval of a proposed ballpark in Oakland.

A spokesperson for the Cincinnati Diamond Project, a group dedicated to bringing an MLB team to Cincinnati, told The Chronicle via email that the A’s are planning a visit with a date to be determined.

The A’s did not provide a response on a potential Cincinnati visit. The A’s previously confirmed that team officials will visit Southern Nevada this week on what team President Dave Kaval called a “fact-finding trip” to explore the Las Vegas area as a possible relocation site.

According to the Oregonian, A’s owner John Fisher, Kaval and vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane are among the A’s officials expected to visit Cincinnati.

Las Vegas and Cincinnati are among a half-dozen cities Commissioner Rob Manfred previously has cited as possibilities for league expansion. Others are Nashville, Charlotte, N.C., Montreal and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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