But then again, when EVERYBODY in MLB is getting rich....who's to complain?
Of course, Selig was happy to share his opinions on the Rays stadium saga. However, it was a far cry from the fearmongering theme he used to pressure Tampa Bay for so many years (see links below). This week, he told reporters he was "optimistic" about the situation.
Hell, it's a new offseason! Stu Sternberg has said he's "optimistic" too!
Then, there's current commissioner, Rob Manfred, to rain on the parade.
The man who said just two months ago that he was "positive about the prospects for a (Rays) stadium"...said this week, according to Marc Topkin:
"I think getting, not only a new facility, but a facility that is more appropriately located within the Tampa-St. Pete market would be good.Calling on the public to cough up tax dollars? Check.
"Ultimately, there has to be an end game. If in fact, there's not a site or there's not a financial arrangement that's viable and we become convinced of that, our rules allow for the possibility of relocation.
"At that point of desperation, it's possible a team would be allowed to relocate."<
A pleasant reminder the team can relocate? Check.
A non-threat threat and fearmongering? Check.
Seems like Manfred really did learn a thing or two from Selig.
A brief history of Selig and the Stadium Saga:
- 2014 - Selig un-intervening, but reminds us Montreal "viable"
- 2013 - Selig will "intervene" in Tampa Bay
- 2012 - Attendance is "inexcusable" and "disappointing."
- 2011 - No reason "to be too optimistic."
- 2010 - "There has to be concern."
- 1995 - Selig demands stadium subsidies in Milwaukee
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