There’s been no progress on a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark this fall, but MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says he plans to address the issue after the World Series.
Earlier this year it appeared St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster was softening his stance that the Rays completely play out their lease at Tropicana Field. But talks between the two sides stalled, and it looks like Foster has been too wrapped up in his reelection to focus on a Rays ballpark solution. Then again, the Rays ownership may have decided they have a better chance by laying low and seeing how the election turns out before making a move. If Foster is going down — as the polls indicate — then the Rays may have a better shot at working out a ballpark solution if Rick Kriseman is elected mayor.
St. Petersburg and team officials had been talking and were believed to be close to a deal that would allow the Rays to consider potential sites in Tampa. But those talks stalled in August, and Selig said then he would consider appointing an MLB representative to get involved in the discussions.
Selig said Saturday that he had not yet decided on appointing an emissary and hadn’t yet plotted a course of action.
“I don’t know — Stu and I are going to talk some more,” he said. “Let me get through the World Series.”
We’re guessing that chat will be short and sweet: let’s do nothing until after the fall elections.
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