Editorial: Missing in action

Something is wrong with this picture. The Tampa Bay Rays are fighting for a playoff spot with 10 days left in the season. They are playing the Texas Rangers, their closest challenger. Yet the Rays drew fewer than 11,000 fans Monday and Tuesday, less than any other big-league game on those nights. The team has had a winning record for six straight seasons. Only the New York Yankees can beat that. But the Rays rank last in the major leagues in attendance. • This situation is not sustainable. But for nearly four years, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has ignored the obvious. Now he has broken off talks with the Rays about letting the franchise look for potential stadium sites in Tampa. He recently told City Council chairman Karl Nurse that the Rays would not offer any money to reach a compromise that protects St. Petersburg taxpayers. That does not have the ring of truth to it, and Foster has a history of saying one thing in public when something else was said in private. • How many more races for the playoffs will there be in Tampa Bay with few Rays fans in Tropicana Field and no hope for a modern stadium? This mayor had his turn at bat and struck out. It is time for someone else to step to the plate and help ensure the future of Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay.

Editorial: Missing in action 09/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:33pm]

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