Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Midweek blitz

I'm out of the loop because of work, but if you are interested in the official findings from the ABC Committee they are here. In short, new stadiums cost the public lots of money, and no matter what people from San Francisco will tell you, the cost is never covered entirely by owners. Also, Tampa/Hillsborough County are on the hook for a lot of money tied to Raymond James Stadium and the St Pete Times Forum. It also appears that Orange County is way ahead of the rest of the state in terms of being able to generate revenue from which to pull taxes from to fund a facility.

A guy who blogs about the Oakland A's stadium quest posted about the Rays recently.

I got home from work at 10 pm on Monday. I watched half an inning and went to bed. I saw Balfour pitch himself out of a 1st and 3rd with nobody out jam. I know Jon and I have joked in the past that he's a poor man's Rob Dibble, but you can't deny that the guy guys amped when he pitches against the White Sox. Too bad we lost that game, because he came through in that spot.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm pretty freaking excited about Jeff Niemann this year. The back end of the rotation really came down to deciding between 2 of 4 guys (Sonny, Jackson, Price, and Niemann). I still think the Rays did the right thing. Price had options, so he was sent down. Niemann was out of options, and as a former first round pick you have to give him a shot. We needed depth in the system in the way of right handed OFers, and Jackson seemed to be able to fetch more in a deal than Sonny. I have no problem with how things worked out. RaysIndex.com is even suggesting that Matt Joyce's presence makes it more likely that the Rays would move Crawford so that they could keep Pena, because affordable power at first base is non existent. That is a discussion for another time. Back to the original point; Niemann had another huge outing last night and it is awesome to see him continue to improve. Maddon commented that he has our three best starts all year.

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