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MLB will protect Athletics, not the Rays

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Without saying it directly, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred sent a message to the Tampa Bay Rays and as well as local and state politicians on Tuesday. That message is “get moving on your stadium or prepare to lose your team.” During Manfred’s press availability prior to Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, he was asked about possible future expansion in Major League Baseball. The Commissioner stated that adding new teams was not on the horizon. He explained expansion will not be discussed…

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Gator could be top pick in MLB draft

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On Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will stroll to the podium to announce the first pick of the 2016 draft. After that, little is certain. The state of Florida is often good for as many as five or six first round selections. This year perhaps only two players will be top 25 selections and perhaps only two more will be taken in the first round. A consensus does not yet exist for the top…

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MLB players police unwritten rules for acceptable conduct

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Hall of Famer Joe Morgan knows that for more than a century, baseball players have policed themselves. Like it or not. Seven months after Jose Bautista‘s famous bat flip against Texas in the AL playoffs, he got hit by the Rangers and responded with a hard takeout slide that led to a brawl Sunday. “If you were willing to show the other team up and to do that, then you’ve got to be willing to take what goes with it,”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.4.16 – Time to play ball

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If the Tampa Bay Rays ever get a new, retractable domed stadium somewhere in the Tampa Bay area, days like Sunday are the days that stadium’s roof would be open. You couldn’t get better weather conditions to kick off the 2016 Major League Baseball season here, where the Rays dropped their home opener to the outstanding Toronto Blue Jays, who some experts predict could be in the World Series this fall. I’ll avoid writing about what a big drop off…

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MLB studying raise of strike zone’s bottom

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Baseball’s strike zone could be getting a slight lift. Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap. “I’m not in a position to predict whether it’s going to happen or not,” Rob Manfred said during an interview with The Associated Press on Monday on his anniversary as baseball commissioner. “I think that the interest in the topic is really driven by…

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Joe Torre, Dave Winfield lead baseball goodwill tour of Cuba

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Joe Torre and Dave Winfield will be leading a baseball goodwill tour of Cuba this month. Major League Baseball and the Players Association said Thursday the Dec. 15-18 trip will include children’s clinics and a charity event. This is Major League Baseball’s first visit to Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game against the Cuban national team in 1999. There is the possibility of the Tampa Bay Rays playing a spring training game in Cuba next year. Commissioner…

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MLB Commissioner hopeful for Cuba game; owners to discuss netting

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful a big league team will play an exhibition game in Cuba during spring training. President Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, and embassies were re-established in July. “There are a variety of issues involved there, not all of which are wholly within baseball’s control,” Manfred said Tuesday at the general managers meetings. “Obviously, the federal government has some significant influence on…

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