That's because MLB isn't 30 different privately-owned teams. Remember that pesky antitrust exemption? In the eyes of the law, it's one single business entity.
MLB can restrict relocation like it did when the Giants wanted to move to St. Pete. It can kick business owners out of their own ballparks like it did with Marge Schott. And it can certainly control where its teams spend their springs.
So even if the Rays had no idea the Braves wanted to move Spring Training to
Stu Sternberg definitely owes John Schuerholz a beer at the next owners' meetings...
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