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As Rays seek a new home, Marlins can tell them it doesn’t mean a panacea

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As the Tampa Bay Rays continue to look for a new home, there is a cautionary tale. If you pay attention to the Miami Marlins, it isn’t a cure-all. The Marlins, despite their new park, continue to struggle to gain a foothold in the state. They have the lowest revenues in the game, and their payroll is third to last (ahead of only Tampa Bay and Milwaukee). Miami is plagued with low attendance, and they don’t make much money off…

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Rays announce sellout for their opening game against Jays

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For a day, Tropicana Field will be the place to be. For the 11th straight season, the Trop will sell out on opening day, a statistic in sharp contrast to one of the worst-attended teams in Major League Baseball. It is the fourth earliest the team has announced a sellout. Last year, the Tampa Bay Rays drew 31,042, one of two games (out of 82) the team has sold out. Chris Archer will pitch for the Rays.

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Blasted as a no-show, Marco Rubio Constituent Report says he’s helped thousands

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Despite concerns on his questionable attendance record in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio has been busy helping thousands of Floridians solve a variety of problems with federal agencies. In a new Constituent Report released Friday, Rubio’s office says it has helped more than 30,000 individuals on everything from issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare, or Social Security to proving identity to the Internal Revenue Service after it’s been stolen. The caseload handled by his office includes over…

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Have you heard this before? Rays attendance is the worst in major leagues

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The wins may have slightly increased this year for the Tampa Bay Rays, but the attendance figures were one of the worst in a long time. The Rays had their lowest figures in 10 years this year, averaging only 15,403 fans, once again the worst in major league baseball. A roster filled with new faces, a new manager and a new general manager did not help. A fourth-place finish sealed the deal. The Rays drew 1,247,668 fans this year, a…

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Rays play to three smallest crowds ever vs. Yankees

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The seats are still lonely at Tropicana Field. Still isolated. Still blue. Still empty, too. The Tampa Bay Rays, and stop us if you’ve heard this one before, are struggling at the gate once again. Over the last three nights. They have played the lowest crowd they have ever had against the New York Yankees (Tuesday), and the second lowest (Monday), and the third lowest (Wednesday). Blame who you wish, and feel how you want about another story about the…

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Three Tampa Bay teams draw well on Saturday night

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As it turns out, no one was keeping score at at home. Saturday night, everyone was at the ballpark. As an area, Tampa Bay gets beaten up a lot. But three games on Saturday night drew a total of 44,437 fans which, as things go, wasn’t a terrible night at the turnstiles. The Rays, surprisingly, won the night with 19,772 fans, their fourth-largest crowd of the year behind Opening Night and two games against the Yankees. The team won its’…

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One-hand clapping? The Rays crowds are getting even worse

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The upper deck is emptier, if that is possible. The outfield bleachers are lonelier, if you can believe it. The scattered voices carry farther, and would you please hold it down? Oh, my goodness. The lousy attendance you’ve heard so much about at Tropicana Field is getting worse. Any worse, and it will be able to split a box of Cracker Jack. After three straight years of last-place crowds, would you have thought it possible? The Trop is even more…

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