In 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.