On Wednesday, it was revealed that negotiations stalled to split the Tampa Bay Rays home games between Tampa Bay and Montreal. Now, the organization has decided to honor their agreement with Tropicana Field and remain in Florida until 2027, announced in a letter from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman addressed to City Council.
However, once the agreement ends the Rays will most likely be moving away from the area and playing in a different market. Evidenced by the organization declining Kriseman’s offer to extend their deal beyond 2027. Last season, despite making the postseason, the Tampa Bay Rays were second to last in Major League Baseball in average attendance.
This could be positive news for supporters of the Portland Diamond Project, an organization dedicated to bringing Major League Baseball to Portland. With the Rays’ decision, it appears a MLB franchise will be looking to relocate and Portland may be able to host the team.
Back in November 2018, the Diamond Project announced an agreement with the Port of Portland to develop Terminal 2 property as an eventual site for the stadium.
We are thrilled to announce that the Portland Diamond Project has signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property. Release: https://t.co/Ddi79kP4i7 #MLBtoPDX pic.twitter.com/B7PvImtXvB— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) November 29, 2018
Investors for the property include Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Nike, and more. Also, the petition to bring Major League Baseball to Portland has reached over 44,000 signatures.
Happy Civil War Week! 🏈 One thing we can all agree on ➡️ #MLBtoPDX‼️ We’ve reached over 44,000 signatures on our petition, help us accomplish our goal of 50k!— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) November 26, 2019
Sign the petition: https://t.co/Ddi79kP4i7 pic.twitter.com/w5t3RA6jm6
Wouldn't it be cool to see something like this happening in Portland?
The new dimensions seem just fine to Joey Gallo
pic.twitter.com/c4QbjToiUL— Starting 9 (@Starting9) December 4, 2019
One can only hope.