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Kriseman remains confident Rays will stay

Social media has been buzzing after Mayor Rick Kriseman said talks between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays over the Rays playing half their season in Montreal are over.

In a statement released to the St. Pete Catalyst, Kriseman indicated he is grateful for the feedback he’s gotten and believes the Rays eventually will decide to stay in St. Petersburg.

“I truly appreciate all of the public support for my position related to the Rays and my remarks yesterday. Every single day I am committed to doing what’s right for our city and our region, even if it’s not politically expedient. Please know that the road ahead is still a long one and I am confident the Tampa Bay Rays will come to see the light of the bright future ahead and make Tampa Bay their forever home,” the mayor’s statement said.

Kriseman sent a memo to the St. Petersburg City Council yesterday, saying negotiations had ended and the “best path forward”  is to abide by  an existing use agreement. That agreement requires the Rays play in Tropicana Field through the 2027 season and bars the team from negotiating to play elsewhere until then.

Stu Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays, issued his own statement, saying the Rays still believe the idea of playing half their games in Montreal is an idea worth exploring.

Here’s some of the reaction from Facebook and Twitter.



There’s also been more mixed reaction.

Margie Manning

Margie started her journalism career as a radio news reporter in St. Louis, before putting down her microphone and picking up a pen to work at the St. Louis Business Journal. Unable to resist the call of warm weather and beaches, Margie took an entrepreneurial detour to run an ice cream shop in Treasure Island with her husband. Before joining the Catalyst, Margie spent 14 years at the Tampa Bay Business Journal where she wrote about business successes, failures and the exciting world of innovation and start-ups. Her writing coaches are Bonnie the Dog and Coffee the Cat, joined recently by a new edition, Jack the Cat. Margie can be contacted at

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