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Monday, December 27, 2010
Rays don't need a new home, but ...

Tony Lee asks which team most needs a new stadium, and doesn't have much trouble coming up with the answer. Lee's big finish:
It's clear that you don't need a good ballpark to compete. The Rays have perhaps the worst ballpark, and over the last three seasons they've won 10 fewer games than the Yankees, five fewer than the Phillies, two fewer than the Red Sox, and more than the other 26 teams in the major leagues.

Can they keep doing that in their ballpark? Maybe not. But doing it for three years in a lousy ballpark is a lot better than doing it for zero years in a good ballpark. Which is what the great majority of teams have actually done.

But yes, to continue getting a performance on the field that matches their intelligence in the front office, the Rays will probably need some help. Maybe that's a new ballpark, or a change in the revenue-sharing system that rewards success, or expanded playoffs. Something, though.

All that said, here's a question that's a lot tougher ... Leaving aside the A's and the Rays, which other team will be the first to get a new ballpark? One would assume we're looking at least a decade into the future and perhaps two, which probably makes the question not just tough to answer, but practically impossible.