The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics have to safe new stadiums quickly or MLB will likely be compelled to contemplate relocation efforts, warned commissioner Rob Manfred.
“There’s urgency with respect to Tampa,” Manfred stated at a press convention Thursday, in line with The Related Press (h/t ESPN). “There must be a decision within the Tampa Bay area for the Rays.”
In January, MLB nixed the Rays’ proposed plan to have town of Montreal host half of the group’s residence video games. Whereas the group’s lease at Tropicana Area in St. Petersburg, Florida, does not expire till 2027, little progress has been made on securing a long-term residence for the Rays. The standstill leaves open the likelihood that the group might be on the hunt for a brand new metropolis within the not-so-distant future.
“Proper now, I am centered on Tampa,” Manfred stated Thursday. “I feel a fantastic man as soon as stated, all good issues should finish sooner or later. However proper now we’re centered on Tampa.”
Manfred stated the A’s — whose lease at RingCentral Coliseum expires after the 2024 season — additionally want a brand new residence, however was extra optimistic in regards to the group’s efforts which have “moved alongside considerably.” Nonetheless, he was unwilling to rule out a transfer for the A’s.
“As you all know, California political processes are their very own kind of animal,” Manfred stated. “There’s work to do on the Oakland facet. I feel the A’s prudently have continued to pursue the Las Vegas various. We like Las Vegas as a market. Once more, it is in the identical class as Tampa. We want an answer in each these markets and the time has come for that resolution.”
The one MLB relocation within the final 50 years got here in 2005 when the Montreal Expos grew to become the Washington Nationals.