Rumors of the Rays leaving St Pete have been endless over the last 10 plus years, but today an intersting story broke from ESPN’s Jeff Passon who wrote on his twitter feed “The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball’s executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal”
According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, the approval is only for an exploration of the possibility, with nothing set in stone.
The proposal by the Rays would involve the team playing its home games in Tampa Bay in the first half of the season before moving home games to Montreal for the latter half of the year. It is also assumed the team will play in new stadiums in both cities.
In a statement, Rays owner Stu Sternberg said “My priority remains the same, I am committed to keeping baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come. I believe this concept is worthy of serious exploration.”
BREAKING: The Tampa Bay Rays have received MLB's permission to explore becoming two-city team: the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, sources tell ESPN. The plan: Play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and finish the season in Montreal. News at ESPN: https://t.co/X6uSt4KLfC— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 20, 2019