Ken Rosenthal sees the Rays winning. He sees the Rays low attendance figures. He thinks he has a “radical” solution. In actuality, his solution is unoriginal and kinda idiotic…

The bottom line: Even if the Rays did everything right — built a state-of-the-art facility, generated the same momentum that the Twins did before moving into Target Field — success hardly would be guaranteed.

Here’s a thought: Contraction…Not of markets, per se, though unfortunately that would happen…Of ownerships.

This is so dumb on many levels. The biggest of which is that Stuart Sternberg is the poster-child for winning with a low payroll. He has proven to other owners that they don’t have to spend wildly to be successful. Why in the H-E-Doublehockeysticks would the league get rid of an owner that will save them hundreds of millions of dollars?

And while Rays attendance is still low compared to most teams, it has steadily increased every year since 2005. What company would ever kill a product that is actually increasing in sales?

And of course there is no guarantee that a new stadium in Tampa would be a success. But 23 teams have built new stadiums since 1991. Success was hardly guaranteed for many of those teams.

And it is comical that Rosenthal feels he is justified in analyzing the Rays attendance without including Yankees games and yet somehow those games still count for every other team in the AL.

Television ratings have doubled in the last year. Interest in this team is up. If they continue to win, attendance will also be up. And once the Bay Area gives the fans a stadium that is convenient to get to, attendance will be just fine.

In the meantime, there is no sense getting upset about Rosenthal’s comments. Unless of course a short person living up to the “Napolean Complex” stereotype upsets you.

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  1. Gus says:

    Anytime some northern twit writes "the tropical weather is so appealing" in relation to baseball attendance in Florida, you know he has no idea what he's talking about. As we all knowm the weather during baseball season is generally horrific -- very humid, Africa-hot interupted by violent storms. That is why the locals love the dome and went nutty when they proposed replacing air conditioning with the Al Lang sails project. The a/c of the Trop is a huge positive for fans and attendance would be far worse if they didn't have it.

    Rosenthal has no clue on this issue.

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  2. John says:

    I'm fine with contraction. Just start it where the real problems are. Pittsburgh. Oakland. Miami. Washington. Tampa Bay isn't even in the top ten of "troubled franchises."

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  3. Sam says:

    Nobody knows the exact numbers because baseball won't tell us. But it is probably a safe assumption that baseball makes billions of dollars every year. And it is safe to say that even teams like the Rays are making money.

    So what that they don't have the same revenue as the Yankees and Red Sox. That doesn't mean they are "failing."

    Rosenthal is just trying to rattle the bushes so people will talk about him.

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  4. McLovin says:

    I'd say we should contract Ken Rosenthal, but based on his height, it looks like somebody already did.

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  5. Still the most telling part of his goal with this column was the fact that he hashtagged his tweet with #RedSox, #Yankees. This is basically an attempt to deflect the fact that he and the other NE Writers Block all picked a Red Sox/ Yankees AL East battle. The Rays have upset that balance and now his solution is to move the entire organization to KC or Pittsburgh where they won't trouble the "Big Boys" anymore. Pure Crap.

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