In other news, out-of-jurisdiction, off-duty cops were allowed to bring their guns into Turner Field before now:
The Atlanta Braves will no longer allow some off-duty police officers to carry guns at Turner Field, which has prompted objections. Under the team’s new policy, off-duty officers from jurisdictions that don’t include Turner Field will no longer be allowed to bring firearms into the stadium.
Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins tells WSB-TV that the policy change will make the ball games less safe, adding that “armed good guys stop armed bad guys.”
If you’re an off-duty cop from Atlanta or the Fulton County Sheriffs Department, you can still bring your weapon. It’s only the guys from out of town, who are not even in a jurisdiction in which they can reasonably be expected to be called into action, who can’t bring them in anymore.
Beginning in 2015 all major league ballparks will have metal detectors. Every park has security and police present on-site. Reggie Jackson has long been retired. To my knowledge, there has never been an incident in which a fan was required to use a firearm to protect other fans from violence or crime inside a stadium (if I’m wrong about that, please let me know).
The upshot: relying on a police officer who has traveled from wherever he lives for a night of leisure at the ballpark to spring into action may not be quite the pressing issue Chief Perkins makes it out to be. But I’m sure some of you will tell me how I’m wrong about that.
*Note: the pic is Glen Ford shooting the psycho on the field in Candlestick Park in the awesome movie “Experiment in Terror.” Ford played a San Francisco cop, so he was still in his bailiwick.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wants Tampa Bay to work a little quicker on getting the Rays a new ballpark.
Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg has been working for nearly a decade to get a new stadium for the club and signed a three-year agreement with the City of St. Petersburg early in 2016 to search for a site in the Tampa Bay area. Manfred wants that search to pick up some steam.
“I think it’s fair to say we want the process to take on a better pace moving forward,” Manfred said Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, home of the Rays since their first season in 1998.
The Rays were averaging 15,815 fans per game before Wednesday night’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays. That is just over half the major league average of 30,470. Tropicana Field and its location have been almost universally blamed as the reason for the poor attendance.
“I’ve been pretty clear that they need a new facility here, a major league quality facility in an A-plus location,” Manfred said. “It is time to move that decision to the front burner here in Tampa.”
The matter of how a stadium would be financed has been tabled until a site is determined, but Sternberg continued to express confidence in the Tampa Bay market.
“I’ve had the opportunity to bail on it many times over the years,” he said. “I won’t say this is a slam dunk, it’s certainly not. But I think we can do something that’ll at least double our attendance. That’s a lot to ask for.”
Manfred said Major League Baseball “doesn’t have a firm timetable” for what steps to take if the Rays fail to get an agreement to build a new stadium in the Tampa Bay area, but but added that “it is a topic of discussion in the industry, the lack of progress.”
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Bad news for the Mariners this evening: Robinson Cano left Seattle’s game against the Atlanta Braves with tightness in his left hamstring.
Cano walked off the field after legging out a double — his second of the game — in the third inning. He pulled up as he approached second base and walked off the field, accompanied by a trainer. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. The Mariners have a day off Thursday before opening a series at the Yankees on Friday night, so they have some time to evaluate him.
Cano is hitting .277/.377/.460 with 19 homers and 78 RBI on the year.