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Evan Longoria thinks the Rays may need to find a new city


Former Tampa Bay Ray Even Longoria spoke to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times yesterday about a number of topics, but the first thing mentioned in Topkin’s column are Longoria’s views about the future of the Rays franchise.

The club is working on a new stadium in Tampa. The thinking is that getting them out of Tropicana Field and into a new ballpark — and getting them out of relative remote St. Petersburg and into Tampa proper — will fix their attendance and revenue woes.

Longoria is not so certain:

“Honestly, and this is maybe not something I should say, but my gut tells me that the best decision might be to move the team,” Evan Longoria said Thursday. “I say that only because I look at the example of the Miami Marlins, and (a new stadium) didn’t really solve their attendance issues. So from purely an attendance standpoint, somewhere else might be better.”

He says he would feel for the dedicated Rays fans if they lost their team, but he thinks it’s more important for a baseball team to play in front of bigger crowds. “[D]oes anyone really want to play in front of 10,000 a night?” Longoria asked rhetorically.

That probably won’t go over too well with Rays fans, but it’s the same sentiment we hear from a lot of players who leave less-supported teams to go play for well-supported teams like Longoria has done. It matters to players.

Danny Farquhar to throw out first pitch at June 1 White Sox game

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Last month Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm, causing him to collapse while in the dugout during a Sox game. He underwent emergency surgery and spent over two weeks in the hospital recovering from the ordeal.

While Farquhar will not pitch at all in 2018 per his doctor’s instructions, he will be back on the field at a White Sox game next week, with Scott Merkin of reporting that Farquhar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before next Friday night’s game against the Brewers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Farquhar’s wife, children and the doctors, nurses and staff from the RUSH University Hospital medical team which treated him will also be in attendance for the first pitch on what should be a very special night in Chicago.