Baseball author believes The Rays will remain in Pinellas

6:41 PM, Jun 22, 2010   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Even though they're called the Tampa Bay Rays, they've always been St. Petersburg's team.

"They talk about 'build it and they will come' and the city of St. Petersburg actually did that," says longtime baseball author and St. Petersburg resident Peter Golenbock.

"Once the Rays came into being, all of a sudden the city of St. Petersburg becomes a major league city. That's a huge accomplishment for a small town like this."

But Golenbock, author of almost 20 books on baseball personalities and history, says The Florida Suncoast Dome was outdated almost before the team even moved in.

"The Trop, as much as I love it, is a white elephant. It's antiquated, compared to these other new ballparks," Golenbock says.

That's part of the reason the Rays are pushing so hard.

"They want what everyone else has. They want a new ballpark, and they want it closer to Tampa."

Golenbock, like other true fans of baseball, isn't sure what will happen over the next months and years to come, but is confident the Rays will remain local.

"My guess is when [Sternberg] builds this new stadium, it will be in Pinellas County because there is big penalty for him to move out of Pinellas County. It will be a beautiful place."

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