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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred believes in Tampa Bay

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The recent elections in St. Petersburg are just the start of a long process, but baseball commissioner Rob Manfred remains supportive of the area’s efforts to keep major league baseball.

“I believe that Tampa-St. Pete is a viable major league market with the right facility,” Manfried said at the GM meetings as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. A January deal is expected to allow the Rays to look around the Tampa Bay area for a new stadium.

Manfred said that owner Stu Sternberg is confident an answer can be found for the Rays, who constantly are last in baseball in attendance.

“I’e said this before. My views are large derivative of Mr. Sternberg’s views,” Manfred said. He is very thoughtful and effective individual. He remains optistimistic that something can be accomplished in Tampa-St. Pete.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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