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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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By Carrie Pinkard

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

Jun 26, 2019
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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.

Rays Get MLB Approval To Explore Splitting Home Games With Montreal

Jun 20, 2019
The Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.
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The Ex-Rays?

Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in 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.  

RELATED: Montreal Group Supports Idea Of Sharing Rays With Tampa Bay

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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The Tampa Bay Rays fired the team physician after a video posted on YouTube included accusations of sexual abuse with a teenager who worked for him about a decade ago.

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In a move that many fans never expected the Tampa Bay Rays to make, third baseman Evan Longoria has been traded.

The deal with the San Francisco Giants is the latest sign the team is looking to rebuild, as it ends an almost decade-long relationship with the face of the franchise.

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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, is filing a lawsuit to stop what he calls an illegal tax being charged by the city of Tampa.

The Republican legislator announced the lawsuit on Thursday. The lawsuit is part of a series of moves Corcoran announced to go after local economic development and local tourism marketing agencies.

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Hillsborough County officials have chosen a site near downtown Tampa as their top choice for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

But possibly losing  the hometown baseball team has become an issue in the St. Petersburg mayor's race.

Caribbean American Civic Movement

Groups in the Tampa Bay area are mounting humanitarian missions to Puerto Rico and holding fundraisers for victims following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Baseball Forever St. Pete

This story was updated on April 6 at 12:20 p.m.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman today filled in city council members on the "Baseball Forever" plan to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in town.

The 43-page report gives an overview of the potential for Tropicana Field as a long-term home for the team.
It would convert much of the sprawling parking lot that now surrounds the Trop to include office towers, housing, a "retail entertainment and kid's zone," an on-site hotel and a "research and tech campus."

Kriseman said transportation projects on the drawing board would also make it easier for baseball fans to travel to games.

Quincy Walters / WUSF News

Tampa Bay Rays management spoke with the media at Tropicana Field Thursday ahead of Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings, which will be held next week in Maryland. 

Rays management reflected on the season that just finished while also looking toward spring training. 

World Series Hits Close To Home For Many Rays Fans

Oct 25, 2016
The Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.
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This year’s World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians hits close to home for many Tampa Bay Rays fans.

Quite a few players and coaches formerly with the Rays will be in the Series.

Most notable is Cubs manager Joe Maddon. 

Ballpark Reimagined.com / Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays launched a new website, BallparkReimagined.com, to gather your ideas and vision on what a new stadium should look like and include.

Their theme is "Different By Design" and it urges contributors to get creative with ideas that will not only “enhance” the ballpark but make it a community gathering place for generations to come.

The goal is to create: “An icon as distinct as we are,” states the website video.

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