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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kahrl: Why moving the A’s and Rays would be good for baseball

Move them to LA to share a stadium with the Rams and Chargers!

A better venue in the East Bay, ideally closer to a rich seam of corporate clients, would provide major money over what the A’s are generating now. If that’s best done in San Jose, it’s on Manfred to make that happen, and for baseball to afford the expense of paying back the Giants for their unused territorial rights. In Montreal, the track record for attendance, even without a great downtown venue and before the industry ran the Expos into the ground to aid carpetbagger Jeffrey Loria’s franchise takeover, suggests there’s major money to be made.

In both cases, you can argue that baseball will need to get serious about putting some skin in the game; the public financing landscape has changed, perhaps best reflected in the NFL’s recent willingness to help finance the Rams’ return to L.A. As new-stadium watchers for both the Rays and the Athletics have noted, there’s reason to believe that MLB and the teams themselves should invest in what comes next in Tampa/St. Pete and California’s East Bay. But if MLB’s paying the bills, it should collectively buy into the opportunity to reap the richest rewards. Investing in an arguably already saturated Tampa/St. Pete market with an already poor track record for support doesn’t sound nearly as lucrative.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2016 at 09:26 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, montreal, rays, relocation, san jose

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ken Johnson, Only Loser of 9-Inning No-Hitter, Dies at 82

His son Kenneth Jr. said that his father had been bedridden with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and that he died after contracting a kidney infection.

For three seasons in the heart of his career, 1965-67, pitching for the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (the franchise moved after the 1965 season), Johnson was an effective starter, going 43-27 with 26 complete games. It was earlier, however, on April 23, 1964, that while pitching for Houston (then known as the Colt .45s) against the Cincinnati Reds, he claimed his spot in history.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Rays reject counter-offer to leave Tropicana Field, hire Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen

Originally negotiated last year by St. Pete’s mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays offer would have likely paid the city $20M with an anticipated move in 2019, though exact numbers fluctuated based on when the stadium was vacated. The counter proposal from the Council offered the same basic permissions, but with a payout escalating significantly.

The new deal, which included the cost of demolishing Tropicana Field, would have cost $41M for the Rays to move to Hillsborough County in 2019, or $33M for a move in 2020. Those figures could have been further lowered in the Rays stayed in Pinellas County, where St. Petersburg is located, and would have been $5M if the Rays remained in the city limits, covering the cost of demolition.

The Rays said no.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium issues

 

 

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