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Departures from Tampa add to Rays' attendance and ballpark troubles
Departures from Tampa add to Rays' attendance and ballpark troubles

In an era when the best free agents can make more than $200 million, teams in small markets cannot always afford to retain their best players. However, when those teams cannot afford to retain their best management personnel, should the viability of the franchise come into play? In the abstract, probably not. But, when the franchise in question is the Tampa Bay Rays, the departures of two key employees coincides with perennially low attendance and a seemingly endless search for a new ballpark. Andrew Friedman, the Rays' general manager, left to become the Dodgers' president of baseball operations — for a contract worth $35 million, according to ESPN. Joe Maddon, the...

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