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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

Buccaneers, Jameis Winston ready for training camp

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The Buccaneers’ training camp is only a week away. Like all teams, there is plenty of optimism in July, but the Bucs do have some reason to be positive. Perhaps the biggest upgrade from last season are the increased weapons available to quarterback Jameis Winston. The team signed deep threat free agent wide-receiver DeSean Jackson from the Washington Redskins.

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Tim Tebow beginning to turn some heads on the diamond

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Perhaps Tim Tebow just prefers to play professional baseball in his home state. Who would have thought three weeks ago the former Heisman Trophy winner would join the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League and play like a legitimate prospect? On Thursday, Tebow hit a walk-off homer against the Daytona Tortugas in Port St. Lucie, the first game-ender since his high school days at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Rays set to discover if they are contenders … or pretenders

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The Tampa Bay Rays begin the second half of the season on Friday when they kick off a six-game road trip in the Pacific Time Zone. They hope to continue their momentum after winning 6 of their last 9 games heading into the all-star break, including taking three of four from the Boston Red Sox.

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Florida leads the country in All-Star participants

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With the Major League Baseball All-Star Game coming to Florida for the first time, a large number of the All-Stars will be returning to their home state. During Tuesday night’s game at Marlins Park in Miami, 9 Floridians, including one of the starting pitchers, will be joining the game’s best. Left hander Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox and the starting pitcher for the American League, is a native of Lakeland and a graduate of Lakeland High School. He…

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Rays fans happy for Chris Archer, but his All-Star selection is puzzling

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The Tampa Bay Rays hoped they would have a second American League All-Star by Friday. As it turns out, Corey Dickerson will have one of his teammates with him Tuesday night in Miami, but not the one they might have expected. Logan Morrison came up short in the All-Star Final Vote, with Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas winning that spot. On Friday, MLB announced Chris Archer will be added to the pitching staff. Naming him to the team was the easy…

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Logan Morrison speaks to truth about Home Run Derby snub

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Logan Morrison spoke for the Major League Baseball small market teams with his Tuesday comments following the decision not to invite him to Monday night’s Home Run Derby. Good for him. On Wednesday, MLB announced New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and his 13 home runs will join 7 other participants, while Morrison and his 24 home runs received the “not interested” snub. The Rays’ first baseman spoke his mind when asked. “Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison said. “Gary’s a…

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Corey Dickerson named AL All-Star starter; Logan Morrison in Final Vote

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Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson has been voted into the American League starting lineup for this year’s All-Star Game. He will join baseball’s best in Miami on July 11. Dickerson trailed Seattle’s Nelson Cruz since balloting began a month ago, but came on strong to take a 60,000-vote lead when Major League Baseball announced the final update this week. Balloting closed on Thursday night, and the entire team was announced Sunday. Dickerson is having the best season of…

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