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The Big Shift: Infields spin in response to data explosion

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Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one of the 700,000 pitches and 130,000 batted balls in the major leagues each year, night after night after night. Hundreds and thousands of miles away, infielders shift from left to right and back on big league diamonds, swaying like metronomes marking time in a Beethoven…

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Rick Kriseman plans to build new baseball stadium at Walter Fuller Park

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans to expand one of the baseball fields at Walter Fuller Park into a small stadium used for International Baseball games and college games. The new stadium is intended to attract increased baseball-related events to the area. “We believe that quality international and college baseball can serve as an economic driver for West St. Petersburg,” Kriseman said. Kriseman plans to ask the county’s Tourist Development Council to fund the project using existing bed tax…

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St. Pete City Council moves on three measures aimed at keeping Rays baseball in town

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St. Pete City Council voted unanimously to approve three measures related to the Tampa Bay Rays continuing to play baseball in St. Petersburg. Council member Wengay Newton was absent for the vote. The first measure is a symbolic resolution showing council’s intention to work with the Major League Baseball team to keep them in St. Petersburg beyond the terms of their current contract that requires the team to play ball in Tropicana Field through 2027. “I hope the Rays understand…

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Rays wish to expand search for new ballpark

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Following a meeting with St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Monday that the team wants to explore all potential new ballpark options within the Tampa Bay area, including those outside St. Petersburg and Tampa. “The future of Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay depends on finding the optimal site for a new ballpark,” Sternberg said. “It is my conviction that if baseball is to survive and flourish in Tampa Bay for the long-term, we must…

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Times Ed Board fires first salvo against Kathleen Ford

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The St. Petersburg Times wasted no time before declaring war on Kathleen Ford’s Mayoral Campaign, now that she has made it into the General Election. Not even allowing for a day of reconciliation (and a few victory laps), the Times published this editorial: St. Petersburg voters will have a clear choice when they elect the city’s next mayor in November. Bill Foster, who narrowly finished first in Tuesday’s primary, would build upon the city’s progress over the last eight years.…

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Craig Sher endorses Scott Wagman for Mayor

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From one millionaire to another: “I’m supporting Scott because he is the best candidate. He stands for enhanced public safety, enhancing our educational system and he understands the importance of baseball to our community.”

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100 Years of Baseball and Fashion

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