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Tampa City Council to consider spending TIF money on something other than baseball stadium listen

02/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa City Council, Tampa Bay Rays, Baseball, Tropicana Field, Charlie Miranda, Yolie Capin, Frank Reddick, Tampa Theater, Straz Center, Lowry Park Zoo

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By the end of 2015, a downtown Tampa development group run by the city will have more than $13 million in annual expenses freed up for something else. Mayor Bob Buckhorn has said that money could be used to raise $100 million to, hypothetically, entice the Tampa Bay Rays to build a downtown stadium. But during a workshop Thursday on what to do with the money, several cultural facilities owned at least in part by the city lined up to ask for a cut.

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Part two Charlie Miranda on Baseball and Tampa Bay

07/24/13 Warren Elly with Charlie Miranda
Last Call Wednesday
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Part two of the discussion of Baseball and the Tampa Bay Area with City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda.

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Zirin hits back against Miami Marlins suspension of Guillen for Castro comments listen

04/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins suspended their manager Ozzie Guillen. The infraction? Paying a compliment to former Cuban president Fidel Castro. Guillen has apologized for telling Time magazine he loves Castro. Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports and is critical of the Marlins and the right-wing Cuban exile community in Miami for their witch-hunt of Guillen. Zirin is ...

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The U.S. economy and creating a CRA for a possible baseball stadium

06/09/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Progressive economist Marc Weisbrot spoke to WMNF from Washington about the struggling U.S. economy.

Later in the show, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan spoke about his desire for a Community Redevelopment Agency in Hillsborough County to provide possible revenue for the construction of a ballpark (presumably for the Tampa Bay Rays).

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Rays owner threatens to move team if new stadium isn't built outside downtown St. Pete listen

06/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Rays are threatening to break their contract with the city of St. Petersburg and are looking to move out of Tropicana Field. Team owner Stuart Sternberg made that announcement this morning after he met with St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster.

The Rays signed a contract with the City of St. Petersburg that doesn’t expire until 2027. It says the Rays are not allowed to directly or indirectly negotiate for the use of any other facility besides the Trop. But Sternberg insists on moving i...

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Zev Chafets on 'hysteria' over steroids listen

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The issue of steroids in professional baseball reared its ugly head again recently with the revelations that superstars Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez were revealed to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Ramirez was suspended for 50 games this season, but has been playing for the last week with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He seems to be receiving more criticism from members of the press than opposing fans.

Zev Chafets is the author of the new book, “Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, R...

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Book: A baseball star's fall from grace listen

04/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Major League Baseball begins its regular season this Sunday night, when the world champion Philadelphia Phillies host the Atlanta Braves. The defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays begin their season Monday afternoon in Boston.

Several new books about baseball have just been published, including "The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the rage for Baseball Immortality" by Jeff Pearlman. Pearlman examines the life of the former pitching great, whose life came crashi...

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Senator tries to keep hope alive for spring training baseball listen

03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Spring training is in full force in ballparks spread out throughout the Tampa Bay area, and will be for the rest of the month. But when the Cincinnati Reds pack up and head north to Ohio for the regular season, it will be their last time in Sarasota.

The Reds will train next year in Goodyear, Arizona.

Currently, Sarasota holds $1 million in escrow through legislation passed in 2006 for hosting the Reds. They are one of 10 cities in the state receiving money to maintain spring training...

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Bob Costas rips Barry Bonds, again listen

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The New York Times reported yesterday that federal prosecutors preparing for baseball star Barry Bonds’ perjury trail have evidence that links Bonds to the use of a variety of performance enhancing drugs.

The Times reports that the evidence could be significant in Bonds trial, scheduled to begin in March. That’s because there have been question about whether two substances -- the "cream" and the "clear" -- were technically classified as steroids by the federal government when Bonds we...

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Sarasota talking with Orioles about training camp listen

12/04/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Sarasota County Commissioners discussed negotiations with the Baltimore Orioles at their annual retreat on Tuesday. Possible deals with the Boston Red Sox were recently abandoned.

After three negotiation sessions with the Orioles, Sarasota County Commissioners settled down to listen to a report from Deputy Administrator Dave Bullock. Commissioner Nora Paterson had concerns about the bottom line.

The bottom line for the capitol costs requests by the Baltimore Orioles is $65 million. Eve...

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