Stuart Sternberg was in attendance on Friday night against the Red Sox (wearing mandals).  Todd Kalas tracked Sternberg down and got his comments on a few issues. Here are the highlights…

On Carl Crawford: “It was pretty fait accompli that he wasn’t going to be back with us. But to see him in [Red Sox] uniform makes it a little difficult.”

On contraction and owning the Mets: “The only thing I can say is that I know nothing about them other than what I have read. The extent of what I know is exactly what any fan knows from reading the papers, or hearing the radio or reading blogs.”

On whether the Rays are a Moneyball team or a scouting team: “We are going to be a hybrid…and try to do things smart. And with a plan, stay to your plan. React to market conditions and conditions that are there. Twins were clearly a team that we looked at as a blueprint, not just on the field, but what they were shooting for and able to accomplish off the field, moving from the Metrodome, which was clearly a worse environment than we play in right now…There are a lot of similarities. But to look at what they have done. They are [now] one of the higher revenue teams in baseball.”

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  1. Greg says:

    I saw the Sternberg interview live while watching the game. I thought the response on contraction/Mets was evasive. I find it hard to believe he doesn't know more than I do.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      He also seemed a little surprised and unprepared for the question which seemed a little odd.

      Stu is great at what he does, but I would be a little surprised if he read a report that MLB discussed contraction, and he didn't call the league office for clarification.

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      • Beth says:

        Maybe he was just surprised to get that question from Todd Kalas.

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        • I believe Beth's on the right track...

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          I think you are right. I know I was surprised he brought it up.

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        • Scot says:

          I am both surprised and not surprised about the question. While Kalas plays the Rays cheerleader for much of the year, he demonstrates he is the most knowledgeable of the Rays announcers, both on TV and Radio. He has made it clear he would like to announce for the Rays, but that position is blocked. The opportunities for him to be the color person is rare, but it is a treat. Asking the questions shows depth.

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