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Problem for Rays and A's? MLB greed

A history of short-sighted decisions plagues baseball's two most troubled franchises

Originally Published: June 23, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

For the first 10 years of their existence, the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays provided the standard laugh track for big league baseball. Teams that had mismanaged their clubs or complained about the public refusing to build them a ballpark could always point to Tampa Bay and feel better.

Since the club's first winning season in 2008, however, the Rays have won a pennant and two American League East titles, have drafted tremendously, and, after stockpiling 10 first-round picks at this month's ...

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