Skip to content

St. Petersburg council rejects plan to let the Rays look at out-of-town stadium sites

Feb 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Tropicana Field Getty Getty Images

Earlier this week we wrote about this long shot bill to allow the Tampa Bay Rays to look outside of St. Petersburg for potential stadium cites. Well, forget it:

A proposal to let the Tampa Bay Rays examine stadium sites in Hillsborough County went nowhere Thursday. St. Petersburg City Council members even rejected a motion to have their attorney evaluate the proposal’s legal implications.

There is basically zero incentive for the city to give anything to the Rays, so it’s probably not too surprising.

The article goes on to report that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg will possibly speak to the St. Pete council soon. When he spoke to other regional bodies recently he went on about how Major League Baseball finds the Rays’ situation untenable and may contract them or something.  I hope someone on the council grills Sternberg on this and reveals just how empty a threat it is.*

UPDATE: That last sentence was probably unfair. I looked back at the historical back and forth about the Rays stadium situation. While many people have thrown contraction out there as a possibility — and while I continue to believe that such a possibility is ludicrous given  the logistics that would be involved in contraction — Sternberg himself has not threatened contraction.  He has noted MLB’s lack of confidence in St. Petereburg as a baseball market and, when pressed, once said that the franchise could be “vaporized,” but he has never used the threat of contraction when talking to St. Petereburg, Hillsborough County or other players in the game down there.

Latest Posts
  1. White Sox will promote Carlos Rodon on Monday

    Apr 19, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Rodon Carlos Rodon

    White Sox pitching prospect Carlos Rodon is expected to be promoted on Monday.

  2. Jesse Hahn might miss next start due to blister

    Apr 19, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    jesse hahn getty Getty Images

    A’s right-hander Jesse Hahn made an early exit from his start Saturday against the Royals with a blister on his pitching hand and it sounds like he may miss a turn in Oakland’s rotation.

  3. Reds manager Bryan Price on Busch Stadium: “I don’t think we anticipate success here”

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT

    busch stadium getty Getty Images

    “Counting games in St. Louis since the start of the 2003 season, the Reds are 3-29-2 in series against the Cardinals.”

  4. Another one bites the dust: Mets lose young catcher Travis d’Arnaud to fractured right hand

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT

    travis d'arnaud getty Getty Images

    The 26-year-old d’Arnaud had a terrific second half last season for New York and he was off to a very promising start in 2015, hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games played.

  5. Mets reliever Jerry Blevins has a fractured left forearm

    Apr 19, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

    blevins getty Getty Images

    Brutal news here for the NL East-leading Mets.

  6. Video: Jon Lester throws entire glove to first base for out

    Apr 19, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

    jon lester getty Getty Images

    Jon Lester appears to have found a solution for his problems making throws to first base …

  7. Video: Down on the Farm with Kris Bryant

    Apr 19, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT

    kris bryant

    There’s so much gold in this new Red Bull spot for Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant …

  8. Yasiel Puig out Sunday with lingering hamstring injury

    Apr 19, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT

    yasiel puig getty Getty Images

    Puig, who boasts an .886 through 34 plate appearances, is considered day-to-day.

  9. Carlos Carrasco to return to Indians’ rotation Tuesday

    Apr 19, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT

    carlos carrasco getty Getty Images

    Carrasco was lucky to avoid a serious injury. These reschedulings seem to be completely precautionary.

  10. Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

    span getty Getty Images

    Span underwent surgery for a sports hernia in December and then needed a followup procedure for a core muscle injury in early March.

  11. Giants receive their 2014 World Series championship rings

    Apr 19, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

    giants ring

    It’s been a rough first couple of weeks for the 2015 Giants, who sit in last place in the National League West with a record of 4-9 and a -21 run differential. But they got to do some celebrating Saturday night …

  12. Angels activate Garrett Richards for Sunday debut

    Apr 19, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

    garrett richards getty Getty Images

    This will be the first start for Richards since he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August in Boston.

  13. Video: Jason Heyward’s first Cardinals homer

    Apr 19, 2015, 9:25 AM EDT

    heyward getty Getty Images

    Jason Heyward hit his first home run as a member of the Cardinals on Saturday in St. Louis …

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 19, 2015, 8:33 AM EDT

    degrom getty Getty Images

    Mark down seven straight wins for the Mets, who will try for a four-game Citi Field sweep of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon behind staff ace Matt Harvey.

  15. Rays designate Grant Balfour for assignment

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:26 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour Grant Balfour

    Grant Balfour was designated for assignment following a disastrous Saturday night against the Yankees.

  16. Joe Nathan throws off a mound for the first time since suffering an elbow injury

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:01 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Joe Nathan

    Joe Nathan could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday.

  17. A fun story involving Terry Francona and his dad Tito

    Apr 18, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona Terry Francona

    If you’re in the mood for a laugh, you’ll want to read this story involving Indians manager Terry Francona and his dad Tito.

  18. Video: Watch Kris Bryant get his first major league hit and RBI

    Apr 18, 2015, 9:10 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant Kris Bryant

    Kris Bryant, one of baseball’s top prospects, earned his first major league hit and RBI on Saturday afternoon against the Padres.

  19. Yordano Ventura ejected for hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch

    Apr 18, 2015, 8:16 PM EDT

    Yordano Ventura Yordano Ventura

    More drama involving the Athletics and Royals.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. K. Bryant (4625)
  2. D. Span (4128)
  3. D. Salazar (3932)
  4. A. Rodriguez (3654)
  5. Y. Puig (3599)