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Could Tampa Bay share the Rays with Montreal?

A newspaper is reporting a group of investors wants to buy into the team and have them play up north during the summer.
Credit: Mark Bergin, WTSP
Tropicana Field pictured on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-3.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Canadian newspaper is reporting plans are afoot to divide the Tampa Bay Rays season with Montreal.

La Presse is reporting a group of investors in Quebec wants to become shareholders in the team, which is currently owned by Stuart Sternberg. If it actually happened, the team would reportedly play in Montreal during the summer and play in St. Petersburg during the spring and late summer/early fall months.

The plan would need the approval of Major League Baseball.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that Sternberg said these types of reports “unfortunately come with the territory” of not having a new stadium plan. 

He has said he and MLB commissioner Rob Mandred are committed to a new stadium in the Tampa Bay area.

Plans to build a stadium in the Ybor City area of Tampa fell through at the end of 2018.

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