Written by The Staff
Thursday, 08 February 2007 05:30
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays may no longer have "Devil" within their name, and new uniform colors may be in the offing next season, but don't look for many changes to the line-up in terms of free agent acquisitions.
At Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon that Rays team president Matt Silverman attended, he outlined the direction of the club, including player payroll, which will be at a league low $24 million. As reported by the St. Petersburg Times:
"We lost 101 games last season and that is not acceptable," Silverman said. "We are all anxious to have a winning team. ... No one wants to succeed more than [Rays owner] Stuart Sternberg. Unfortunately, there really isn't a quick fix for major-league baseball teams. ...
"We need to have patience to make the right decisions, to make the right investments that are going to benefit this organization and this community for years to come."
In other related Rays news...
- The Rays released a TV schedule that features a franchise-most 146 games - 79 on Fox Sports Net cable, 67 over-the-air on ION Television (formerly Pax). Joe Magrane and Dewayne Staats return in the booth, with Todd Kalas again part of the crew.
- As part of their regionalization efforts, the Rays increased the games available on over-the-air TV in Orlando from 25 to 67.
- A change "toward the direction of a change in uniform, a change of colors, a change in logo and perhaps a slight modification of the name," was mentioned by Silverman.
- The new color scheme for uniforms, expected to be heavy on blue, perhaps with yellow accompaniments, isn't likely to be unveiled until after this season.