MLB commissioner willing to be patient on Rays stadium search
Now that the Rays have finally started the process of looking for a new stadium site in the Tampa Bay area, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appears willing to give them "some time" work things out.
In a Q-and-A session with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tied to his one-year anniversary of taking over, Manfred repeated his preference to not have teams to not change markets and sounded optimistic - and willing to be patient - about the Rays' situation.
Here is the relevant excerpt, with the full Q-and-A available here:
Q. Two NFL teams are about to move. Baseball is the sport that has gone the longest since a franchise relocated. Are you nearing that situation with Tampa Bay or Oakland?
A. It remains my strong preference, because I think it's a policy that has served baseball really well over time, to stay in the markets where we're located. We're going to exhaust every possibility to get stadiums done in Tampa Bay and Oakland. But clearly you would think I was sort of la-la if I didn't recognize at some point in time it may be necessary to consider alternatives.
Q. How soon?
A. Tampa just opened a chapter that could be really positive in that process, so I think it's going to be some time there. I would say sort of the same thing on Oakland. I think the A's are focused on Oakland as opposed to someplace outside of the immediate area. And as a result, it's going to take some time for the process to play out.