If You Travel Back In Time And Stop Charles Finley From Buying The A’s…

…Being an exercise in nonsense and sheer conjecture about what COULD HAVE happened, as devised by the esteemed Mr. Joseph Shlabotnik, whose knowlege of baseball history is sufficient to label him as someone who “knows just enough to be dangerous”.

If you travel back in time and stop Charles O. Finley from buying the Athletics, the alternative buyer could’ve been someone who would keep the team in Kansas City.

If you keep the Athletics in Kansas City, then you obviously wouldn’t have the Kansas City Royals.
1971 Topps Buck Martinez

If you keep the Athletics in Kansas City, you also would not have the city of Kansas City threaten a lawsuit.

If Kansas City is not going to sue, you can take your time in expanding and wait an extra year or two to allow for better-financed expansion team ownership.

If you allow for better-financed ownership, the Padres don’t nearly leave San Diego in 1974.
1974 Willie McCovey WNL

If you allow for better-financed ownership, then the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season.
1970 Topps John Gelnar

If the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season, the city of Seattle doesn’t threaten to sue.

If the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season and the city of Seattle doesn’t threaten to sue, you don’t need the Seattle Mariners.
1978 Hostess Bruce Bochte

If you don’t need the Mariners, you don’t need to expand in 1977.

If you don’t expand in 1977, you don’t have the Toronto Blue Jays.
1980 Topps Rick Cerone

If you don’t have a team in Toronto, you have a large market ripe for relocation.

If you have a large market ripe for relocation, the White Sox get to kiss aging Comiskey goodbye and you get the Toronto White Sox.
1979 Topps Don Kessinger

If the White Sox move to Toronto and the Cubs get the city to themselves, the Cubs then have the wherewithal to field a winning team and…………..

…Nah, let’s not get crazy here.

Other side-effects of keeping Finley away from the Athletics:

You wouldn’t have the Athletics wearing green & gold.  You wouldn’t have a team whose official name is the “A’s”.
1973 Topps Reggie Jackson

You wouldn’t have anybody to give Jim Hunter the nickname “Catfish”
1976 Hostess Jim Hunter

Topps wouldn’t spend two years taking measures to avoid showing the “KC” on players’ caps.
1968 Topps Sal Bando
1969 Topps Joe Nossek

You wouldn’t have anyone deciding to have a “Designated Pinch Runner” on his roster.
1975 Topps Herb Washington

Does anybody have any other potential ramifications?  Just make sure that when you travel back in time, you don’t step on a butterfly…