In the most damning statement made at today’s meeting with the Hillsborough County Commissioners, Stuart Sternberg said Major League Baseball has given up on the Bay Area. But the statement may not be as bad as it sounds (via Noah Pransky)…
“MLB at this point doesn’t believe anymore in the Tampa Bay area.”
The follow-up question at this point should be: “Why?”
Does Major League Baseball no longer think the area can support a franchise (this would be bad)? Or has Major League Baseball given up hope that the Rays can get a new stadium on the Tampa side of the bay (less bad)?
If it is the former, we might be screwed. If it is the latter, this would obviously change once the Rays break ground on a new stadium.
Obviously there is no guarantee that the Rays can get a new stadium in Tampa. But it is at least possible. And if it happens, Major League Baseball will once again love us.