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There was some speculation about some of the members of the committee who would ultimately decide where the franchises would end up as some had connections to a few of the potential destinations. Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox was good friends with Jerry Colangelo which symbolized good news for Phoenix, even though Reinsdorf denied it. Reinsdorf was also connected to Tampa as he was believed to have owed a debt to Tampa for the time when he threatened to move the White Sox from Chicago to Tampa. He did this in order to get construction done on a new Comiskey Park, because the dome that St. Petersburg’s local government had gotten public funding for had been built in 1990 offered a suitable home for a professional ball club. In fact the dome was built prior to knowledge of a team being sent to Tampa; obviously there were rumors and hopes of that happening but the funding went through without any definitive decision to bring a franchise to St. Petersburg. Another member of the committee that had ties to the city of Tampa was George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees. This was the city in which his ball club played their spring training every year and it was also where George lived. Expansion committee chair John Harrington of the Boston Red Sox said, “This isn’t a committee just to study cities, it will cover all aspects, but especially the economics. We want to judge the impact it has on the future and present major leagues.” (Lord, 133) On March 7th, 1995, the expansion committee announced their decision to award the cities of Phoenix and Tampa- St. Petersburg with their own Major League Baseball team The teams would be named the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays. Many teams and baseball insiders felt ...


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