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MLBPA's Weiner: Neither Relocation Nor Contraction Are Options For Rays
Published March 4, 2013
AGAINST THE GRAIN: USA TODAY’s Paul White notes the “low-revenue, small-market team has averaged 92 victories the last five seasons in the American League East with three playoff appearances.” Rays Exec VP/Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and the “outside-the-box think tank that is the Rays front office carefully guard their secrets," but the daily "reality is a recipe rooted in the anti-establishment rebelliousness of their manager's youth, with a strong dose of people skills and one surprise ingredient.” The Rays “do it with what manager Joe Maddon says is roughly 50% baseball expertise and 50% common-sense approach to life.” But the team's formula is “approaching what's normally the expiration date for teams in similar situations” (USA TODAY, 3/4).