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For many A’s fans, team owner John Fisher is the ultimate villain.

Fisher has cut the team’s payroll in half while raising ticket and parking prices for a dwindling fanbase to see his last-place team’s career toward the second 100-loss season ever in Oakland. But a recent revelation from one of the richest and most successful owners in sports points to the A’s troubles, former baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob offered A’s fans a possible alternate reality, revealing that he once made a deal to buy the A’s years ago — only to have Selig torpedo it.

In “Long Schott”, a remarkably insightful book By and about former A’s co-owner Stephen Scott, co-author of John Shea of ​​the San Francisco Chronicle, Lacob talks about his failed deal to buy the A’s from Schott in 2005 for $180 million.

“I’ll Never Forget It” Lacob said to Shea, before pointing out that Selig not only threw the deal out of hand, the commissioner didn’t bother to call him back. “So I had convinced the Oakland A’s … and it was taken out from under me. I was really angry at Bud Selig.

Meanwhile, Selig referred Scott and his late business partner Ken Hoffman to two men he knew, Fisher and Leo Wolff, Selig’s old fraternity brother at the University of Wisconsin, who helped complete the $180 million purchase. Basically copied from Lacob’s term sheet.

“Nothing against Joe Lacob. I thought John Fisher and Leo Wolff would be a great combination,” Selig told Shay.

Sean Connelly/Staff 3/20/02 Tribune Oakland Athletics owner Steve Scott talks to the press during a press conference before the A’s preseason game against the San Francisco Giants.

Now 83, Schott defines being successful and healthy as being able to do what he wants, when he wants. A longtime, hard-charging Bay Area homebuilder and land developer, that usually means working three part-days a week at his company’s office in Santa Clara.

That left him plenty of time for a recent phone conversation about one of the biggest “what ifs” in Bay Area sports history, even if Scott himself wasn’t taking the bait. Schott was more open to answering questions about his decision to write an autobiography – he wanted his grandchildren to have a reference point for his conquests, travels and labors – rather than A After 17 years of sales, what’s wrong with that?

Schott knows exactly what Fisher is going through, as he too was once a cost-conscious, A’s owner who couldn’t seem to find his way out of the Coliseum and into a new ballpark.

For Fisher, concrete solutions to a dilapidated stadium, dwindling crowds and mounting losses may still be years away. Meanwhile, Fisher simultaneously lives up to his risk of moving to Las Vegas and his hopes for Howard Terminal Ballpark while presiding over his team’s giant mess in Oakland.

“I’m not here to criticize what’s going on with the A’s,” Schott said of Fisher’s plight. “I don’t know what they’re trying to do, if they want to move or not. That’s not my headache.”

Despite Lacob’s growing acumen as a team owner, Schott was unwilling to play down the history of revisiting his failed deal with the Warriors owner.

“Gee, I don’t know,” he said when asked if the A’s would have been better off if he had been allowed to sell Lacob. “I don’t want to speculate. But (Lacob) definitely landed on his feet very well.