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While replacing Tropicana Field is a worthy goal, Rays fans are probably more interested in supporting a winning team than in supporting a tax increase to help fund a new stadium. In order to achieve a winning record, the team’s owners will have to dig a lot deeper into their pockets or attract more affluent co-owners. For example, the current World Series is being disputed by two teams whose payrolls are double (Houston Astros) or more than triple (Los Angeles Dodgers) the relatively paltry $70 million or so the Rays will spend on players in 2018. If the Rays cannot afford to compete in the player market, a new stadium, wherever it is finally erected, is hardly likely to make a difference to the team’s success on the field.

Fred Kalhammer, Sun City Center

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