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The New Jersey/southern Connecticut Rays? Or how about the Orlando Rays?



There's a lot of interest in the Rays these days.

Peter Gammons wrote on that there are MLB officials "wondering if there's hope of even discussing a potential move of the Rays to New Jersey or Southern Connecticut over certain protests from the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Phillies."

And now there's an Orlando political candidate, Armando Gutierrez, launching yet another effort to bring a team to central Florida - claiming he has a group of deep-pocket investors and talking about building a privately financed stadium.

Gutierrez shared some of his thoughts - but few details - in this video report, saying his group will have a meeting next week and is ready to discuss specifics. (The Ch. 9 TV station report actually identifies the Milwaukee Brewers as a potential relocation target, which makes no sense; the Rays are sure to come up if the group goes forward.)

And his group already has a website - - and a Facebook page.

Gutierrez, a Republican Congressional candidate, is identified by the Orlando Sentinel as a developer who recently relocated from south Florida to the Orlando area.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:15am]


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