With the recent news item about the Tampa Bay Rays supposedly proposing a “split city” format where they’d play half the year in Tampa and half in Montreal (a ludicrous notion, in my view), we asked SB Nation FanPulse members whether they’d be willing to have their city pay for a new stadium if their team wanted to leave (or, even in general, for a new park).
Overwhelmingly, you said team owners should pay:
And, that’s the case even if push came to shove and it were your own team threatening to leave:
Obviously, this doesn’t apply to the Cubs, who just spent hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading Wrigley Field and aren’t going anywhere. In the end, I suspect the Rays are going to wind up in Montreal — full time, not part time. But even that is probably a decade away, as they have a lease for Tropicana Field that is more ironclad than most such leases and runs through 2027. Here are my thoughts about MLB expansion and realignment, posted this past April.
Regarding the Cubs, your votes tallied for team confidence dropped a bit this week:
The Cubs had a 5-5 homestand and fan confidence stands at 74 percent, down from 80 percent last week. 85 percent of respondents approve of the job Joe Maddon is doing, down from 90 percent last week. I’ll just repeat what I have always said about Joe, that he deserves a contract extension, and he is only playing the guys the front office gave him.