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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.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.