You Know the Crazy Rays Split-City Plan, Between Tampa and Montreal? Well It's Over Now

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You Know the Crazy Rays Split-City Plan, Between Tampa and Montreal? Well It’s Over Now

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The whole Rays split-city thing was a plan that never really made a lot of sense when you subjected it to the tiniest bit of scrutiny, and instead always sounded like an effort to leverage one city against the other in a battle to pony up for a full-time team.

And now it’s dead:

Reason has prevailed. I get that there are serious issues with the current Rays footprint, ballpark, and geography. It’s untenable in the long-term. But the solution was to find a new, full-time, all-year home, not try to offer up half of a team to two cities – in two countries! – and have your players figure out how the heck to make that work.

So now, presumably, the Rays will once again re-engage cities in the Tampa area to try to build a new stadium. If that doesn’t work out quickly, I think that’s when the permanent relocation talk will begin, probably by next offseason. I expect there will be more announcements coming soon, given that the Rays had been working on this cockamamy plan for two years now.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.