Miami Marlins' Wave of Destruction: It Just Landed in Tampa Bay
Because of the shady business tactics by Marlins ownership, pulling the financial-wool over the eyes of the city and fans, the prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays getting a new stadium now looks impossible.
In an article by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, certain executives in the MLB believe that a deal to get the Rays out of Tropicana Field stands "zero" chance. Although the Rays are a franchise making the right strides towards success, the current upheaval has them locked indoors, literally.
And what a shame that is. Not just for the Rays and the fans—the small amount they do have—but for the entire MLB.
It leaves one question: What happened to Florida?
In baseball terms, especially geographically, Florida is the place to be. However, as it stands today, an area that is cold, plays baseball only after the snow melts and has a love of the puck, not the ball, looks more like a baseball destination—in every aspect
Yes, the Marlins have produced champions in the past—and might do it again some day—but currently they are the drunken uncles of the league, and their embarrassment is reaching other parts of the Florida baseball family.
Tampa Bay, although moving in a better direction, is stuck in a stadium that can only be described as a bad dream with a bubble draped over it; and the dream is scheduled to last until 2027 (when the contract with the city ends). That is assuming the Rays don’t just up and move in the middle of the night—leaving the retirement tips to their knitting and fun pants options.
Regardless, baseball in Florida, at least for the MLB, is going to take a hit.
The unrest and uncertainty in the Miami area will make it extremely difficult to get any top-tier players signed, leaving the hopes of dominating the NL East with a second-rate lineup in the cellar looking up, with the team and ownership.
They will be another team like Pittsburgh: Great stadium, terrible team (for decades).
The Rays, because of the Marlins ownership, are in the opposite brainteaser: Great team, terrible stadium.
Either way it’s not a good situation to be stuck in.
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