Nationals won’t distribute World Series rings without fans present

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Over the weekend Washington Nationals president Mike Rizzo joined MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on Sirius XM and talked about, well, all the things a head of baseball operations can talk about right now, which is mostly about how little we know about what’s gonna happen with baseball this year.

He did talk about one thing unique to the Nationals: how to handle the distribution of championship rings and and the raising of the World Series banner given that there is almost certainly not going to be a proper home opener in 2020. Rizzo says he’ll wait it out:

“I think as far as raising the banner and the distribution of rings, we’re going to wait for our fanbase to be involved to do those types of things,” Rizzo said. “Those are once-in-a-lifetime things to do and our fanbase is such a big factor in helping us win that thing. They earned it, they deserve to be involved in it and we’re going to wait for them to do it.”

Which is probably going to be a year from now. Or longer, if you listen to more pessimistic projections about when sports can resume. Which means that more players from the 2019 championship team will be scattered to other teams around the game. And that, if there is some sort of championship we recognize in whatever comes of the 2020 season, we could have ring and banner ceremonies going in in multiple cities.

Which, fine. Those ceremonies really are for the fans, so there’s nothing wrong with the waiting. Besides, it’ll give the logistics people something to do.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”