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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Rays have competition for a waterfront stadium

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The Rowdies owner is willing to pay.

Tampa Bay Rowdies v New York Cosmos Photo by Alex Goodlett/New York Cosmos/Getty Images

There was big news on the stadium front, yesterday, but it wasn’t about a Rays stadium.

Charlie Frago wrote in The Tampa Bay Times that local business leader Bill Edwards introduced a plan to turn the site of Al Lang field into an MLS soccer stadium. The Rays once tried to build a new stadium on the site, but their plan was rejected.

This proposal differs from the old Rays plan regarding the footprint and capacity of the stadium, but the biggest difference is that Edwards says he doesn’t want public money. From the article:

With at least $230 million needed for an MLS team (the first expansion round carries a $150 million franchise fee plus the stadium upgrades), Edwards says he won't ask the city, county or state for a dime.

"It's coming out of my own pocket or other investors' pockets," [Edwards] said Tuesday.

Links

  • Joe Ross is one of the pitchers most like Chris Archer. They’re not the same, but Ross is also a two-pitch starter, with a good slider. Joe Clarkin, at Beyond the Box Score, posits that with one of Ross’s two pitches declining, he may need to change, or move to the bullpen.
  • Former-Ray Brandon Guyer is the best at getting hit by pitches. But there’s one other player in the league who’s also really good. And he’s also a former Ray. Do you know who that is?
  • Bruce Markusen, at The Hardball Times, talked with John D’Acquisto about his book Fastball John. Sounds like a very interesting read.

Trivia

Carlos Pena holds the Rays single-season RBI record, with 121 RBI in 2007. That makes sense, as Pena had an amazing season, mostly batting fourth in the lineup.

But who has the second spot, with 117 RBI? When you want to see the answer, click here.