As most of us know, baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays has been struggling to stay afloat in St. Petes for some time now. And I have no intention of bringing this latest idea to our city council to consider.
It's unclear how this plan would work out and whether or not the team would have to change its name. But that's not the stuff I'm thinking about. I just don't see the logic in the thinking of both the Major League Baseball and the Rays.
Though the plan is still in its infancy, the Rays would play in new stadiums in each city, with the later games being played in Quebec. But "cheaper" does not necessarily mean "cheap" and the price tag of even a basic, small-capacity open air stadium the sort of which the Rays might be envisioning will likely run north of a half billion dollars.
The Rays have been at the center of relocation rumours for several years due to the failure to secure funding for a new stadium. How on Earth is that in Tampa's interests?
It's also not like the Rays are a bad team, they are right in the hunt for the division title and a playoff berth, whether it be a divisional champ or a wildcard team.
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Bronfman indicated a month ago that he and another businessman reached an agreement to buy a piece of property in Montreal capable of supporting a new stadium.
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He added: "Major League Baseball may have given the approval for exploration of this concept, but for us in St. Pete, sharing this team with Montreal is not an option on the table".
A drive between the two cities would take about 23 hours with no stopping. It's the baseball equivalent of the Joker's "two pool sticks, one job opening tryout" in "The Dark Knight."
Rays owner Stu Sternberg weighed in on Passan's report on Twitter, seemingly confirming the plan. Montreal offers a robust corporate base for sponsorships and a fervent fan base that could support what would amount to a half-season ticket plan.
Again, this is just my belief. "I feel like the players want to play in those games".
Baltimore has shown itself to be the better team at the plate in this series and I think the Orioles have the edge on the mound today as well.
Manfred confirmed the Rays are committed to playing at Tropicana Field through the 2027 season, but the team's ongoing attendance woes and continued failure to build a new stadium in the Tampa Bay area have prompted owners to explore an unorthodox solution.