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Selig mulls action in 'stalled' Rays talks

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07:16 AM ET 08.16 | Declining to say whether relocation of the Rays was under consideration, Commissioner Bud Selig clearly isn't pleased with the situation. [Selig] said he is considering assigning someone from his office to become directly involved with what he called the "stalled" negotiations to build a new ballpark for the [Rays]. With Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg standing nearby, Selig said at a news conference that he had been briefed earlier this week by Sternberg, and he termed that report "very discouraging." "We were optimistic that this was moving in a very positive direction," Selig said. "Unfortunately, we're stalled. It's serious enough that in the last 48 hours, I've given very strong consideration to assigning someone from MLB to get involved in this process."

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August 16, 2013  08:52 AM ET

I've given very strong consideration to assigning someone from MLB to get involved in this relocation process.

August 16, 2013  09:09 AM ET

I can understand it. Very good ballclub, very rotten stadfium and they don't draw flies. 29th out pf 30 teams. On the other hand, maybe it's not just the stadium. Miami is the only team that draws less than the Rays and they have a new ballpark. Of course they're the lousiest team in baseball with the crummiest owner to boot.

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August 16, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Oklahoma City. Just sayin'...

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August 16, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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I've given very strong consideration to assigning someone from MLB to get involved in this relocation process.

Thank you, your excellency.

August 16, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Montreal. Just on principle they deserve another shot.

I have a replica of the original Expos jersey.

August 16, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Montreal. Just on principle they deserve another shot.

Move them from one dump to another. That's the ticket.

August 16, 2013  10:04 AM ET

That Marlins owner has screwed every other team in the league with his actions. Good luck. Unless a municipality gets some degree of assurance the team won't be scrapped afterward.... it will be a Looooooonggg.... loooooooong road.

August 16, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Build it and they still will not come....Hard to sell ice to an Eskimo.

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August 16, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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There's ownership available that would build a new stadium in Montreal. There are good baseball fans there. They just got taken for a ride of the worst kind and Quebeckers are a little more sensitive to slights than the average person.

But - but - they speak French........

August 16, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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The Marlins will be on solid footing far sooner than a lot of crappy teams. I get the outrage, but they've got some serious quality on the up.

Even Boston found a way to start to rebuild without blowing up the team. Especially - after making acquisitions the year before, (to give the appearance of building a contender), and then dump those same players a year later.... sorry - it seems a bit more orchestrated than just - a rebuilding plan. IMHO.

August 16, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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The Marlins will be on solid footing far sooner than a lot of crappy teams. I get the outrage, but they've got some serious quality on the up.

This time the problem lies for the doosch of an owner bilking the taxpayers for his new Stadium promising a competitive team.

August 16, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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There's ownership available that would build a new stadium in Montreal. There are good baseball fans there. They just got taken for a ride of the worst kind and Quebeckers are a little more sensitive to slights than the average person.

I don't see it ever happening.

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August 16, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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That's uncommon? See Cowboys Stadium, Citi Field, PNC Park, Target Field, Camden Yards, etc.

In this case, with Lauria's reputation, it's different.

Locals were all hyped up by his spending spree and new park.

Then fire sale, pocket the money, business as usual.

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