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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Original Rays franchise owner Vince Naimoli dies at age 81

Vince Naimoli, the Tampa-based businessman who led the effort that finally brought a Major League Baseball franchise to the bay area, died Sunday night after a long illness. He was 81.

Naimoli emerged unexpectedly from the private sector in 1992 as the new leader of Tampa Bay’s 20-year pursuit of a team. After a deal to buy and relocate the San Francisco Giants was scuttled by MLB, he turned the focus to pursuing an expansion franchise, which was awarded in 1995 and began play in 1998 as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Naimoli operated with an aggressive and relentless but often confrontational style, leading many to suggest he was the right person to lead the fight for a team but the wrong person to run it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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