On ,December 11 2018 — Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg concedes that plans to build a new ballpark in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, FL, announced with much fanfare a year ago and again last July, are dead in the water, as financing is not available, something Commissioner Rob Manfred had pointed out a day earlier. That means the team will play in outdated Tropicana Field at least until 2024. Sternberg says the team is “down to its last strike” as time is running out to find a solution to the ballpark issues that have plagued the Rays since their inception.
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