Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Week in MLB: Anticipating More Manfred Non-News on the Rays Stadium Saga

The MLB owner/GM meetings are this week in Orlando, and for the first time since Ken Hagan announced the preferred Tampa site for a tug-of-war with St. Petersburg possible new Rays stadium, we will hear from Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Which of the following talking points should we expect Manfred to hit?
  • "We are encouraged by the progress..."
  • "Time is of the essence..."
  • "This issue is on our 'front-burner'..."
  • "Blah blah blah blah Montreal..."
  • "We look forward to hearing more about the offers on the table ($$$)..."
  • "We can't do this without the support of the community ($$$$$)..."
UPDATE: Manfred said Thursday,"There needs to be support from the community in order to be successful in completing it."

One thing's for sure - the next step in this process is MLB and the Rays seeing how much money they can extricate from public coffers. So unless Manfred is willing to shed some new light on how much is expected...or how much the league/team will put up...don't expect any real news to come out of this week's press conference.

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1 comment:

  1. My money is on the following being uttered by Manfred:

    1. Re Rays in Tampa:
    - "We are encouraged by the progress..."
    - "We can't do this without the support of the community" - business and fans MUST buy season tickets etc...

    2. Re expansion and/or Montreal:

    - "Not until A's and Rays situation resolved
    - Montreal ... blah blah .. viable market for return (but see above)