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MLB: Montreal sharing plan ’100 percent’ best way to keep Rays in Tampa Bay

ORLANDO — Major League Baseball officials and owners now see the season-sharing plan with Montreal proposed by the Rays as the best way — “100 percent” — to keep a team, albeit part time, in the Tampa Bay market, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

“People continue to believe that the two-city alternative they’re exploring is viable and could be a really good solution for keeping baseball in Tampa Bay,’’ Manfred told the Tampa Bay Times after a scheduled owners meeting.

“I continue to be impressed by the energy that they’ve devoted to the project. And to the fact there is significant receptivity among our group, and excitement in some quarters about the possibility.’‘

Manfred said Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg had made a strong case to the owners, which mirrors the comments team officials have made publicly about the Montreal plan being their primary focus.

There’s no way that this idea isn’t going to backfire on everyone involved, is there?



QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 12:54 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bad ideas, manfred is thinking about it, montreal, rays

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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: February 07, 2020 at 06:14 PM (#5922771)
100% the best way to keep the Rays 50% in Tampa Bay?

Would players and employees get an additional housing allowance?
   2. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: February 07, 2020 at 06:22 PM (#5922772)
100% the best way to get Tampa and Montreal to compete against each other to build the Rays the best stadium possible (with public money naturally).
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 07, 2020 at 07:10 PM (#5922775)
Montreal can’t come up with a fancy publicly-financed pleasure palace stadium for a team of its own, but it’ll pony up for half a team? Skeptical.
   4. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: February 07, 2020 at 07:23 PM (#5922777)
Hooking up regularly with a French-Canadian mistress is the best way to keep a marriage strong.
   5. Baldrick Posted: February 07, 2020 at 09:14 PM (#5922812)
"Montreal sharing plan ’100 percent’ best way to keep Rays in Tampa Bay"

Counterpoint: No, it's not.
   6. Snowboy Posted: February 08, 2020 at 01:00 AM (#5922839)
If Montreal can support a a completely separate question to the problems in Tampa.

Today, Tampa struggles: is it their fanbase, their owner, their stadium, their lease, the traffic, la la la...

Yesterday, Montreal struggled financially to keep up, and was ultimately sunk by their quisling owner Jeffrey Loria.

That both franchises may (**MAY**) have been put into trouble by bad ownership, and are now '100 percent' linked together, suggests The Office of the Commissioner knows a truth that the writers do not tell (but will hold tight to the chest, until the Cooperstown vote comes up.)

These two franchises and cities are like chalk and cheese.
They cannot be linked, even partially (except academically, by saying that bad ownership may (**MAY**) be responsible for their downfall.)

Montreal will never support a half team. Not in the long term.

And if there are attendance problems in TB, try playing there only a quarter of the season? (Wait: marketing called: "Tampa Bay Quarter-Rays" could work?) (My
   7. Adam Starblind Posted: February 08, 2020 at 09:40 AM (#5922856)
And who the hell would want to play for a team that was doing this?

Not to mention being called the Montreal Tampons.
   8. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 08, 2020 at 11:13 AM (#5922862)
100% the best way to keep the Rays 50% in Tampa Bay?

The stadium can be sponsored by Sex Panther Cologne.

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