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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.

NCAA Baseball Tournament providing June Madness

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Just call it June Madness. Crazy upsets are the norm in basketball every March, but the first day of regional play in NCAA Baseball Tournament produced some unlikely outcomes. In Tallahassee, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles scored three runs over the final two innings to stun Florida State 3-1, sending the Seminoles into the loser’s bracket. Florida State starter Drew Parrish did not allow a runner to reach second base through the 7th inning. After he departed in the 8th,…

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Tampa prepares for NHL All-Stars, Gasparilla on same weekend

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As the 2016-17 National Hockey League season nears its conclusion, thoughts turned to next season and the NHL All-Star Game. Commissioner Gary Bettman was in town to join a press conference at Amalie Arena to talk about recent awarding of next year’s game to Tampa Bay. Bettman was the first to discuss the dates of All-Star Weekend, January 26-28, coinciding with Gasparilla activities. He was undaunted by any logistical challenges and the league was well aware of the Tampa tradition…

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Rays’ win in Texas caps winning month of May

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Did Wednesday’s game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers signal a turning point for the Tampa Bay Rays? While there is no question the dramatic 7-5, 10-inning comeback win was the highlight of the season, it is still only one win. A better barometer is established using a larger sample size. The signs are good for Tampa Bay. A quality team must win on the road, or at least break even. The win in Texas brought the Rays’ overall road…

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Corey Dickerson lone Rays’ bright spot in All-Star balloting

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Corey Dickerson is having a monster season worthy of an all-star. Whether he is invited to make the short trip to Miami as part of the American League All-Star team is yet to be determined. In the first round of American League All-Star balloting released Wednesday, Dickerson is fourth among designated hitters. No other Rays player is among the top 5 in any position. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz leads designated hitters by a wide margin over second place Edwin Encarnacion of…

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Marlins sale still involves Who’s Who of Republican politics even without Jeb Bush

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The news began to break on Tuesday evening. Jeb Bush was reportedly no longer interested in purchasing the Miami Marlins, according to anonymous sources. Bush was yet another among the biggest names in Republican politics seeking to buy one of baseball’s worst performing teams. Others include President Trump’s family circle and a serious investor carrying the name of Romney. The Bush family has been involved with baseball for decades. George H.W. Bush was captain of the 1948 Yale baseball team…

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Where did Buster Posey go wrong in Monday’s Giants vs. Nationals brawl?

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On Monday, San Francisco Giants’ catcher, and former National League MVP Buster Posey, became a big story after his involvement in a huge brawl in San Francisco, Actually, he was not involved. To put it mildly, that is the very reason he became a big story on Tuesday. It all began when Posey’s teammate, Hunter Strickland, hit another former National League MVP, Bryce Harper, with a 98-mph fastball late in Monday’s game between the Giants and Harper’s Washington Nationals. Harper charged the…

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FSU/UF to host NCAA regionals; 4 other Florida teams make field

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The 64-team NCAA Baseball Tournament field was announced on Monday with 6 Florida teams receiving bids. Two will be hosting a regional, while three others are seeded second and another earning a three-seed. The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles will host regionals that include in-state competitors. The only qualifier to travel outside of the state is the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. FGCU, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time, are the second seed in the Chapel…

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