1-17-2014 9-15-59 AMIn what counts as the first major stadium news in a long time, Michael Kalt is leaving the Rays to join an investment firm started by some of the Rays owners.

This is important because Kalt was leading the Rays’ new stadium efforts. Prior to joining the Rays, Kalt had served as an advisor to the mayor of New York City and led the efforts to build Replica Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

With the Rays, things were far less successful, including the failed waterfront stadium proposal in 2007 and failed efforts to negotiate the team out of their contract with the city of St. Pete.

Kalt was also involved in the Rays’ short stint as a business partner with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Fan Fest will be February 22 from 11:00 to 4:00.
  • Here is a cool graphic that shows that David Price is one of the best in baseball and getting called third strikes. Of course, some of that is Jose Molina, but not all of those called strikes are out of the zone. [@ESPNstatsinfo]
  • It is worth noting that David Price’s new contract doesn’t mean he won’t be traded. Sure, the Rays could have just let the arbitration process play out, but they would only do that if they knew for certain he wasn’t coming back. The Rays never make those assumptions. Instead, the Rays ALWAYS assume their big guys will stay with the team and they work under that assumption. If a team makes an offer that the Rays like, they will make a deal and then they will adjust their plan. But until that happens, everything proceeds as if Price will still be a Ray and that is how it has been all winter.

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6 Comments

  1. Gus says:

    Good riddance to Kalt. He was an abrasive and divisive figure. His efforts in the Bronx are widely lamented by NYC residents, and new Yankee Stadium is not the success it should be. He was a failure here.

    Maybe the management will figure out to work a deal locally, they should hire some talented and connected local people, not some dope from NYC who had absolutely no clue how to talk to people in Tampa Bay.

  2. edward williams says:

    is it me , or does it seem that jose molina is getting way to much credit for our pitching staff, i don’t dislike the man but it seems that all the time there is talk of framing pitches he gets a lot of credit, ok so maybe he is good at that, but does that mean our pithchers aren’t as good as everybody says, hmmm , just thinking.

    • Gus says:

      It is not you — Molina is vastly overrated. The vaunted “he saves 7 strikes a game” stat is never measured against everything else he does behind the plate (which is poor, expecially his pitch blocking) and at the plate (where he bats effectively as a pitcher in terms of offense). I can always tell here who actually watches the games (Molina haters) and who just reads the analytics (Molina fans). There is no questtion he is a huge negative, and my hope for this team is that he catches less than 30 games this season. His lack of mobility is only getting worse as he ages in dog years.

      • John J. says:

        And he has no arm.

      • TOM says:

        Molina is a big fat waste. How in the world can you sign Lobaton, a switch hitter for less than a mil. and then talk about trading him & keep a fat waste like Molina to a contract over 2 mil. What a piss poor orginization. Don’t even get me started on SRodm who shouldn’t be in the majors. I’m totally done with this crap team. Wish they would move out of the state.

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