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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.

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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Rays to end disappointing month of June in Baltimore

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When the time comes to look back on the 2017 season, the Tampa Bay Rays should remember June as a month filled with missed opportunities. While they can still make some noise in the second half of the season, they missed a good chance to establish themselves as a bona fide contender for a playoff spot. Heading into June, Tampa Bay had every reason to be optimistic. They finished May with a winning record, including a 10-4 mark on the…

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Tim Tebow makes splash in Florida debut, but it will get much tougher

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Tim Tebow made quite a splash during his first night in Florida as a professional baseball player. Following his promotion from the Columbia Fireflies to the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback went 3-for-5 in a double header Wednesday night against the Palm Beach Cardinals. One of those hits was a home run off Junior Fernandez, whose fastball was in the mid-90’s range. The 2,315 who attended got what they could only hope…

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Making plays, not ‘The Call,’ is why Gators are NCAA champs

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For LSU Tigers’ fans, what happened in the 7th inning of Florida’s College World Series-clinching win will be known as “The Call.” Gator fans might label it as “The Gift.” With runners on first and third with nobody out in the top of the 7th and LSU trailing only 2-1, Florida was conceding the tying run. Catcher Michael Papierski obliged, grounding to Gator second baseman Deacon Liput who flipped to shortstop Dalton Guthrie, who then fired to JJ Schwarz at…

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Gators look to write new CWS history in Game 1

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The College World Series finals begin Monday night featuring two teams from the same conference, but two distinctly different histories in Omaha. The SEC regular season co-champion LSU Tigers, gunning for their 7th national crown, face the co-champion Florida Gators, who are looking for their first national title. For the first 40 years of the college baseball championship round, the Tigers were a non-factor. The first champion was crowned in 1947, but LSU did not reach the CWS until 1986.…

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Magic take FSU’s Jonathan Isaac with first round pick

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The Orlando Magic have chosen Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac with their first-round pick in the NBA Draft. Some pundits thought Orlando would go with shooting guard Malik Monk  of Kentucky, but Isaac brings many attributes that can make him a star in the league. Isaac, a native of New York City, but a product of IMG Academy in Bradenton, was pleased to be selected by the Magic. “Man, it means everything,” he said about his opportunity to remain close…

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Seminoles season ends in Omaha again; Gators in good position

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The Florida State baseball season ended with a loss in Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday night, just like it has 21 other times before. This time it was the LSU Tigers sending the Seminoles home from the College World Series with a 7-4 victory, meaning FSU Coach Mike Martin will have to wait another year. Unlike their first meeting, where LSU scored two late runs to snatch a 5-4 victory, the Tigers jumped out early and kept Florida State at arm’s…

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