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Rays union rep Tyler Glasnow reiterated that the loss of the split-season plan is a win for local fans.
Rays Tales | Union rep Tyler Glasnow says some details were still unknown but “I think most players were, like, not agreeing.”
Was it a matter of the MLB not wanting to be first with a team splitting sites? Or something more complicated?
Team officials say they have no immediate plans to explore relocation to another market, and Stuart Sternberg has no plans to sell the team.
John Romano | MLB’s rejection of the Rays’ sister city plan will be good news to most fans, but it comes with a sobering caveat.

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  1. Rays union rep Tyler Glasnow reiterated that the loss of the split-season plan is a win for local fans.
  2. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred initially seemed in favor of the Rays' split-season plan with Montreal.
  3. The Rays have been trying to replace Tropicana Field since Wander Franco was kindergarten-age. Their latest plan, a sister-city concept with Montreal, was rejected by MLB this week.
  4. Stephen Bronfman, part of a group spearheading the effort to return baseball to Montreal, says he feels "terribly" for Rays officials who were so invested in the split-city plan.
  5. Fans fill the Trop for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox this past season. But low attendance during the regular season is one reason the team explored the sister city option.
  6. Remember this place? This was the original Ybor City concept for a full-time team with a roof that was unveiled by the team in 2017 and died a premature death in 2018.
  7. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch both voiced cautious optimism Thursday after Major-League Baseball announced it had denied the Tampa Bay Rays' proposal for a split season with Montreal.
  8. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has been looking for an alternative site for Tropicana Field for more than a dozen years. Now that the sister city plan with Montreal is dead, the Rays can once again focus on Tampa Bay sites. Or somewhere else.
  9. Katie Platt holds up a sign protesting the Rays proposal to split the season between St. Petersburg and Montreal at the ALDS game against the Red Sox last season.
  10. Fans have been vocal since the start about the possibility of a part-time major-league team in Tampa Bay.
  11. Right-handed pitcher Shane Baz, at No. 8, was the top-ranked Ray in Baseball America's top 100 prospects for 2022.
  12. The Rays, shown in 2021 action, are scheduled to play their 2022 spring home opener in Port Charlotte on Feb. 27.
  13. Outfielder Jose Lazaro Contreras poses with Rays scouting staff in the Dominican Republic after Saturday's signing.
  14. Rachel Balkovec will be the manager of the Yankees' Tampa-based Class A team in 2022, the first woman to hold that position in affiliated baseball.
  15. Jean Ramirez was one of the Rays' bullpen catchers for the last three seasons.
  16. Rachel Balkovec spent nearly an hour on a Zoom interview Wednesday talking about her historic opportunity.
  17. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor says losing the Tampa Bay Rays would be a blow to the region.
  18. Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez, center, talks with pitchers Brendan McKay, left, and Tyler Glasnow, right, during spring training. Ramirez died Monday at age 28.
  19. FILE - Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Major League Baseball and the players’ association are scheduled to meet Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in the first negotiations between the parties since labor talks broke off Dec. 1. The planning of the meeting was disclosed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
  20. Chris Mazza pitched in 14 games during nine stints with the Rays in 2021.
  21. Tampa Bay area CEOs wrote a letter to the Tampa Bay Times this weekend supporting the Tampa Bay Rays' plan to split the season with Montreal.
  22. The field at Doak Campbell Stadium is named after him and a statue of him greets fans outside, but Bobby Bowden's greatest legacy will be all the hearts he touched during his long career at Florida State.
  23. Do Devin White (45), Sean Murphy-Bunting (23), Mike Edwards (32) and Jason Pierre-Paul (90) have another celebration in Green Bay ahead of them in 2022? That's a mighty tall order.
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