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The man who helped bring an NBA team to Orlando now wants to bring a Major League Baseball team to the theme park mecca.

All season long, it seemed inevitable.

Yankees-Astros for the American League pennant.

Houston made it happen Thursday night as Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 in the deciding Game 5 of their AL Division Series.

The Tampa Bay Rays are heading to Houston for a deciding Game 5 Thursday night with the Astros as watch parties around the region gear up.

The team’s playoff run also renewed questions about a new ballpark after St. Pete officials gave the green light for talks to resume across the bay.

The Tampa Bay Rays never doubted themselves, even with Justin Verlander looking to end their season.

Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, and the Rays chased the Houston ace early in beating the Astros 4-1 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at two games apiece.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays backed another clutch playoff pitching performance by Charlie Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to 2-1.

Fans still have the opportunity to see if the Tampa Bay Rays can stay alive today in their American League Division Series against the Houston Astros.

According to the Rays’ website, limited numbers of tickets remain in nearly all of the 300-level upper-deck sections of Tropicana Field for Monday’s Game 3 at 1:05 p.m. against the Houston Astros – the Rays’ first playoff game at the Trop since 2013. Limited seating is also available in certain lower levels.

The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 1 of the American League Divisional playoff round Friday.  

With the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m., many fans were resigned to catching score updates in between meetings. But some gathered just across the street from Tropicana Field at Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Petersburg to show their support.

When the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 in Wednesday night’s American League wild-card game, the focus quickly turned away from their performance on the field to just exactly how they got to this position.

Vince Naimoli, the original owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, died at 81.
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Original Tampa Bay Rays owner Vince Naimoli has died at 81.

The design for the now defunct Rays stadium in Tampa's Ybor City
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Commissioner Ken Hagan says Hillsborough County should be part of the discussion if the Tampa Bay Rays follow through on a plan to split seasons between Florida and Montreal. 

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The players' union says the Tampa Bay Rays would need its permission to play games in Montreal.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week the low-drawing Rays may explore a split season in Montreal.

During a bill-signing in Tampa, Governor DeSantis said he wants the raise to stay in Tampa Bay for all 81 home games.
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Last week, Tampa Bay Rays ownership announced the possibility of playing half the team's home games in Montreal.

Many baseball fans in the state were unhappy with the idea, including Governor Ron DeSantis.

Montreal Group Supports Idea Of Sharing Rays With Tampa Bay

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By Sean Farrell - Associated Press

The son of former Montreal Expos owner Charles Bronfman believes the predominantly French-speaking city is ready and willing to support — and share — the Tampa Bay Rays.

Private equity investor Stephen Bronfman leads a group working on bringing baseball back to Montreal and said Wednesday the city can embrace the sport again. He called the idea of one team in two cities groundbreaking.

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Saying the Tampa Bay area is "simply not well-suited" to host a full 162-game baseball schedule, Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg spoke about his plan to split its home games with Montreal.

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A Tampa architect says an 18-acre site on the Hillsborough River could be the new home of the Tampa Bay Rays.  

William Henry presented his proposal during a public comment period at a Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday. The development would include apartments, a hotel, and a 28,000-seat stadium.  

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Last month, the Tampa Bay Rays announced their plan to build a new baseball stadium in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood was dead. Now they're unveiling a new seating configuration at Tropicana Field.

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Last week, Tampa Bay Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said a plan to build a new baseball stadium in the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City was dead.

The Wall Street investor and other team officials said it wasn’t clear where most of the estimated $892 million for a new ballpark would come from, but a University of South Florida sports marketing expert said Sternberg should shoulder much of the blame for the failure.

The design for the now defunct Rays stadium in Tampa's Ybor City
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The Tampa Bay Rays won't be moving the team across the bay, at least for now. Team leaders announced Tuesday that the plan for a new stadium in the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City has fallen through.

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A group of business and professional people said they're making progress in a push to lure the Tampa Bay Rays from their home in St. Petersburg to a new stadium in Tampa's Ybor City.

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first American League Cy Young Award.

The 25-year-old lefty was 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA, and he led all major league starters with a .178 batting average allowed -- the fifth lowest ever for a starter and lowest since Pedro Martinez's record .167 average in 2000.

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Amid negotiations for a new stadium in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Rays are buying the St. Petersburg-based Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team.

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The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their long-awaited plans Tuesday for a new ballpark in Tampa's historic Ybor City.

The ultramodern design includes glass walls, a translucent dome to let in sunlight to potentially allow for natural grass, while having features that tip its hat to the surrounding Latin district.

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The campaign to rally local support for an Ybor City baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays is gearing up.

Chuck Sykes of Sykes Enterprises and lawyer Ron Christaldi said 100 local civic and business leaders have already signed on to support a Rays stadium in Ybor. Sykes and Christaldi are in charge of Tampa Bay Rays 2020, an organization focused on drumming up community support for the stadium move.

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The president of the Tampa Bay Rays spoke Thursday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg for the first time since the team announced it wants to move to Tampa. He fielded some hostile questions - but said a move is almost inevitable.

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The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.

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This week on Florida Matters we’re hosting another edition of our monthly news roundtable.

We talk with a panel of journalists about some of the major news stories impacting our state, including last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, a Democratic upset in a special election for Sarasota’s open state house seat, and the Tampa Bay Rays potential move to Ybor City.


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There's no timetable on when it would open, and no formal plan of what it would look like, but at least the Tampa Bay Rays have finally announced that they want to build their new ballpark on a 14-acre plot of land in Ybor City.

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A group of Tampa business leaders will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to unveil a plan to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to their city - and team ownership may be set to say Ybor City is their preferred location.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are celebrating two decades of baseball this upcoming season, and the team is embracing its past while thinking positively about the future.

On Wednesday, Rays leaders touted a new 20th anniversary logo and other plans to celebrate the occasion. But absent was mention of the team’s future in St. Petersburg, the loss of star players like Evan Longoria, and poor fan attendance.

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