Rays' stadium prospects dimming

Rays' stadium prospects dimming
November 22, 2012, 2:30 am
(Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

The Marlins’ fire sale/salary dump/whatever you want to call it is apparently hurting the Rays more than one way.

Not only should former Marlins Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle bolster the Blue Jays, giving Tampa Bay a more formidable American League East opponent, but the way the Marlins have quickly dismantled also has upset some people in Florida. After all, the Marlins just debuted this season in their new, publicly financed stadium in Miami.

So now the Marlins have apparently poisoned the atmosphere in Florida for a new stadium that the Rays would like in order to move out of soul-zapping Tropicana Field.

Ken Rosenthal writes at Foxsports.com: “Clearly, the Rays should not be held responsible for the sins of their South Florida cousins. But the economic climate for public financing was poor to begin with, and the Rays’ weak fan support doesn’t exactly help their case. …

“Where is the justice?

“The Marlins do everything wrong and move into a shiny new baseball palace.

“The Rays do everything right and get stuck at the Trop.”

But baseball, like life, just isn’t fair.