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« #135 : August 05, 2013, 03:08:54 PM »

Not sure if you guys are into this stuff but Sternberg is speaking at the end of this month with the Downtown Tampa Partnership

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« #136 : August 05, 2013, 05:45:07 PM »

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So, eight total players received votes for AL Pitcher of the Month or AL Rookie of the Month for July--half were #Rays and Archer won both!

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« #137 : August 05, 2013, 06:53:35 PM »

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Today is a sad day for MLB,the fans of this great game, and all players who may have been negatively affected by others selfishness...

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Ultimately, although today will be a day of infamy for MLB, it is a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love.

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« #138 : August 06, 2013, 05:36:56 AM »

The Tampa Bay Rays placed center-fielder Desmond Jennings on the 15 day DL with a fractured middle finger on his left hand.

Jennings hurt the finger Saturday on a slide against the Giants in extra innings and it was thought to be a relatively minor sprain.

Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Triple-A Durham to take his place on the roster.

Sam Fuld played center field for Tampa Bay on Sunday and could find himself in platoon situation with  Bourgeois.

Bourgeois has a career slash line of .261/.306/.324 over parts of five major league seasons and was hitting .291 in Durham this season, with 21 stolen bases.

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« #139 : August 06, 2013, 07:55:56 AM »

Evan Longoria        ✔ @Evan3Longoria

Today is a sad day for MLB,the fans of this great game, and all players who may have been negatively affected by others selfishness...

 Evan Longoria        ✔ @Evan3Longoria

Ultimately, although today will be a day of infamy for MLB, it is a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love.

Well it's a sad day for many peope's fantasy baseball teams , at least.

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« #140 : August 06, 2013, 08:10:11 AM »

Citing attendance woes, Foster says Rays should be allowed to look in Tampa




ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Bill Foster has reached the reluctant conclusion that keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region means he has to let them cross the bay to explore a new stadium.

Three years ago, Foster adamantly refused a team request to look at stadium sites in Hillsborough County — citing a contract that binds the Rays to Tropicana Field through 2027.

But tepid attendance over the last few years has changed his thinking, Foster said in a remarkably candid interview Monday with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board.


"If your goal is keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay until 2050, you have to let them look in Tampa," Foster said.

Attendance might not improve markedly at a Hillsborough site, Foster said. "I think there is a big question mark as to whether or not Tampa Bay is a major league region.''

But letting the Rays explore all options now will enhance chances that the team stays for the long haul, he said.

Michael Kalt, the Rays senior vice president of development and business affairs, declined to comment.

Foster and the Rays have quietly negotiated for months on a legal framework that would let the team explore possible Hillsborough sites. On Monday, Foster publicly explained his thinking for the first time.

The team is averaging 18,476 fans a game — second worst in baseball — despite big crowds last weekend for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

The recession is winding down, and "you've got the hottest team in baseball, you're in a fight in the AL East, and you're not breaking 20,000. That sends a message to a lot of people,'' Foster said.

"It's a flag to the entire community. Are we a major league community? Are we a major league region? I think people need to decide what we are. We're either going to be major league and support this team, or we risk losing them.''

Foster said he wants to commit the Rays to Tampa Bay for another generation — not just through 2027. He also wants to protect the economic and legal interests of St. Petersburg, which has spent about $150 million on stadium construction and operating costs.

In the past, Foster has questioned whether the Rays were marketing the team aggressively. But ticket discounts, a summer concert series and other efforts show the team is making a good-faith effort to draw fans, he said.

"I didn't always believe that, but I do now," he said.

Foster took a swipe at his Hillsborough counterparts, who have indicated they would help the Rays build a stadium there but are shy on financing details.

Based on the Miami Marlins' new venue, a retractable roof stadium could easily cost $600 million to $700 million. In similar markets, major league teams have put up roughly a third of construction costs, with public financing making up the difference.

"It's somewhat humorous to watch (Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken) Hagan and (Tampa Mayor Bob) Buckhorn kind of backpedaling a little bit because they were all wearing their finest trying to court the Rays to look over there,'' Foster said. "Now that it might actually happen, you got Ken Hagan saying he's not going to commit any taxpayer money to it, which is naive.

"And you have the mayor of Tampa saying he could come up with $100 million. But the private sector and the Rays have to come up with the lion's share. That's extremely naive."

Buckhorn was vacationing in North Carolina and could not be reached.

Hagan said, "I am extremely pleased that the mayor has started to realize that the status quo is a failed business model.''

But Hagan, who once said he was willing to cause the divorce between St. Petersburg and the Rays, denied any backpedaling on financing.

"Since 2010, I've been very consistent in stating that the Rays organization and the private sector will have to fund the construction of a new stadium irrespective of the area,'' Hagan said.

"There will never be another Raymond James sweetheart deal," added Hagan, referring to the stadium constructed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with taxpayer dollars.

Private investment could include naming rights, development rights and deals on parking garages, he said.

St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell said it doesn't help the situation when Hagan and Buckhorn make "cute, little remarks" about recruiting the team to Tampa.

With the availability of Penny for Pinellas sales tax money, Pinellas is a better option than Hillsborough, he said.

"I think we're a major league market. They certainly want our television money,'' Kornell said. "I think we can offer them a better deal. We should all be working together, not against each other."

Council member Leslie Curran, who has butted heads with Foster on stadium issues, said the region can support a team because a new generation of fans is growing up and will eventually become ticket buyers.

But Curran also said she doubts that voters will agree to devote taxes to a new stadium.


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« #141 : August 06, 2013, 08:40:27 AM »

If you win they will come ... Sort of. 

Lol

Sternberg talking to Downtown Tampa Partnership this month. Hmmm

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« #142 : August 06, 2013, 08:44:47 AM »

Build it at Channelside before Channelside dies. They already have the parking garages and everything.  Perfect location.

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« #143 : August 06, 2013, 08:48:10 AM »

Build it at Channelside before Channelside dies. They already have the parking garages and everything.  Perfect location.

And a trolley system to Ybor and Downtown that is begging for more use

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« #144 : August 06, 2013, 08:49:44 AM »

And a motivated Lightning owner allegedly buying up land

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« #145 : August 07, 2013, 06:19:56 PM »

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Tampa Bay Rays Press Release) —The Tampa Bay Rays, in partnership with WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM, have announced 1,000 lower level seats at Tropicana Field will be available online through raysbaseball.com for $9.53 for every remaining home game this season.  In addition, the Tampa Bay Times will offer buy two, get two free outfield seats for all remaining Tuesday home games beginning with the Rays-Mariners game on August 13. This offer is available online through raysbaseball.com via coupons that will be appearing regularly in the Times.

The Rays have also announced a second $2 Kids Night for Wednesday, August 14 when the Rays take on the Seattle Mariners.  With an online purchase of one full-priced ticket to the 7:10 p.m. game, fans can purchase up to three tickets for kids ages 2-14 for just $2 each in select locations.  This game will also feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers.  The first of these dates drew 25,095 fans, including approximately 9,700 through the kids discounted tickets program, for the Rays-Diamondbacks game on July 31.

For the remainder of the regular season, fans who buy four or more tickets to a Rays home game through raysbaseball.com will receive 10 percent off face value. 

“All of us at the Rays have been excited by the way the team has performed and the way our fans have responded,” said Rays President Matt Silverman. “This second half push is designed to get all Rays fans out to the ballpark for ‘One More Game.’ We’re grateful to our partners WDAE and the Tampa Bay Times for helping bring all this together.”

In their weekend series at Tropicana Field against the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, the Rays averaged 28,700 fans for the three games, their best attended three-game home series since April 6-8, 2012.  The Rays twice drew 30,000 against the Giants, running their record to 48-16 when playing in front of regular season home crowds of 30,000 or more since 2008.

“It does make a difference for us,” said Rays Manager Joe Maddon after the Giants series. “I think we’ve entertained them very well the last couple games and actually the entire season, especially at home. It’s great to see them out there. Keep on coming.”

The ticket specials described above are available through the official site of the Tampa Bay Rays at raysbaseball.com.   For ticketing information, go to raysbaseball.com or 1-888-FAN-RAYS.

Read more: http://www.620wdae.com/pages/rays.html#ixzz2bKA7RZvX

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« #146 : August 09, 2013, 12:24:23 AM »

Rays Have 14th Best Per Capita Attendance In Major League Baseball

http://www.raysindex.com/2013/08/rays-have-14th-best-per-capita-attendance-in-major-league-baseball.html

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« #147 : August 09, 2013, 05:32:32 PM »

Farnsworth gone.....gave us a good season in 2011. What a long career he's had. Played for a lot of teams - probably the end of the road.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130809&content_id=56424704&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb


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« #148 : August 09, 2013, 06:03:18 PM »

Buckhorn: Hillsborough ballpark requires 'significant' Rays investment



TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Rays may be asked to put up $200 million or more toward any future stadium in Hillsborough County, or at least a third of the project's cost, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Friday.


http://tbo.com/events/buckhorn-hillsborough-ballpark-requires-x2018significantx2019-rays-investment-20130809/

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« #149 : August 10, 2013, 06:28:45 AM »

Disappointing loss vs LAD.
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