The management of the Tampa Bay Rays realized some time ago that saving baseball in that city was becoming a lost cause, after the rumors of a possible move involving the franchise became stronger with the passing of the time, in addition to the failed attempts to build a new stadium.
BREAKING: The Tampa Bay Rays have received MLB's permission to explore becoming two-city team: the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, sources tell ESPN. The plan: Play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and finish the season in Montreal. News at ESPN: https://t.co/X6uSt4KLfC— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 20, 2019
However, according to information from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Florida team has found a rather creative and somewhat odd solution to keep the team in the city, albeit half-heartedly, since according to the reporter, the Rays have received authorization from Major League Baseball to explore the possibility of becoming "a team of two cities".
According to Passan explains, the management of the franchise would be looking to play both in Montreal and Tampa Bay in the coming years, in a project that includes the construction of two new stadiums for both seats. The preliminary meetings of the plan will take place in the following weeks, so it is expected that there will be new news with the passing of days.
Montreal was out of baseball since 2005, when the franchise was moved from Canada to the US capital, and become the Nationals of Washington, so one of the most historic and traditional seats of MLB has run out of equipment for 14 years, so there have been efforts to be able to bring the ball back to Francophone lands after the winks that Major League has given about the possibility of a new expansion.
For its part, although the Tampa Bay Rays have had good performances in recent seasons, their average attendance is still among the lowest in the major leagues, with this season they have a record of 43-31. an amateur average per game of 14,546.