The St. Pete Mayor claims to have a detailed plan for a new Rays stadium.
“St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster threw a curveball into the debate over the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium Thursday, suggesting he had a “detailed plan” to keep the team in St. Petersburg.”
We were unable to confirm the rumor that the plan involves Texas tax dollars and a piece of land in San Antonio.
Oh, and our favorite part in the column is when Michael Sasso writes, “If there is such a plan…” Ouch.
Foster did add that he will no longer comment on stadium negotiations, saying only that it is the team’s responsibility to ask for something other than their current deal.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Robinson Chirinos has been sent back to triple-A to make room for John Jaso. “The Deadliest Catchers” live!
- How much does market size influence payroll in Major League Baseball? You might be surprised. [Business Insider]
- Be sure to check in with the guys at JoeBucsFan for everything you need to know about last night’s preseason game. [Joe Bucs Fan]
- This must be code for something because we have no idea what a “Miranda Cosgrove” is: “Miranda Cosgrove has cancelled her postgame concert”
- Kelly Shoppach went fishing yesterday on his day off (above), and then this happened. Coincidence? [TampaBay.com]
- Jonah Keri wrote that the Rays “have to spend more money if they want to knock off the Yanks and Sox.” Ohhh, so that’s the “Extra 2%.” We had no idea. [The Ray Area]
- John Sickels takes a look at Rays pitching prospect Alex Torres. [Minor League Ball]
- The guys at Stadium Journeyhave reviewed two more of the ballparks that host Rays minor league affiliates. [Durham Bulls Athletic Park] [Dutchess Stadium]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 5, Scranton/WB 1: Alex Torres struck out 7 and walked 3 in 7 shutout innings. He gave up 4 hits, and lowered his ERA to 3.05…SS Tim Beckham hit his 2nd triple-A home run. He also struck out twice in 4 at bats and committed his first triple-A error. However, he did help turn 3 of the Bulls’ 6 double-plays.
- Birmingham 2, MONTGOMERY 1: Shane Dyer gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4 with 3 Ks.
- Bradenton 3, CHARLOTTE 1: Merrill Kelly allowed 3 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 2…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-4.
- BOWLING GREEN 6, Lansing 2: Braulio Lara struck out 7 and walked none in 5 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits…SS Derek Dietrich hit his 20th home run.
- HUDSON VALLEY 6, State College 3: RF Chris Winder had 3 hits.
- PRINCETON 11, Danville 2: RF Drew Vettleson went 4-6 to raise his average to .302…DH Justin O’Connor hit his 6th home run and drove in 4.