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Rays to Montreal rumor mill starts up again



The World Series is over. And the hot-stove league's embers are firing up.

On Sunday, a Montreal freelance journalist, Pierre Trudel, tweeted that Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg had commissioned a viability study for a baseball stadium in Montreal's Griffin Town neighborhood.

Trudel, who has 14,000 followers, didn't attribute his information to anyone. Nor has he followed up, at least on Twitter. 

But Trudel's  three tweets in French caught the attention of Noah Pransky, a 10NewsWTSP investigative reporter who also blogs about Rays stadium issues at "Shadow of the Stadium."

Pransky asked the Rays for comment Monday. He got a statement from team president Brian Auld, later sent to the Tampa Bay Times, reaffirming the Rays commitment to the Tampa Bay region:  

"While there continues to be speculation surrounding the Rays future, we remain committed to keeping Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come," Auld said.

The Rays have been searching for a new ballpark site in the Tampa Bay region since the St. Petersburg City Council amended the city's agreement with the team in January. Tampa and Hillsborough County are trying to figure out stadium financing. 

St. Petersburg and Pinellas County aren't on the same page about one possible source of stadium revenue. 

Leverage springs to mind. But whose leverage? The Rays? The city of Montreal? After all, it's big city with a lot of baseball fans eager for a return of major-league baseball 

It's been less than a week since the Cubs won the Series. Pitcher and catchers report in 102 days. Expect about as many rumors about the Rays and their future between now and then. 

[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 5:01pm]


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