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Evan Longoria: Rays Should Leave Tampa Bay

Former Rays star player Evan Longoria is raising hair in Tampa City Hall and in the Rays' front office after saying city leaders and management may be wasting their time on building a new stadium.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times Longoria said he is not convinced that the the team can be successful in the Tampa Bay market even with a new stadium. This is blowing the minds of not only city leaders... but rabid fans too. Longoria notes the annually low, and frequently MLB's worst attendance that leaves Tropicana Field largely empty on most nights.

"Honestly, and this is maybe not something I should say, but my gut tells me that the best decision might be to move the team,'' Evan Longoria said Thursday. "I say that only because I look at the example of the Miami Marlins, and (a new stadium) didn't really solve their attendance issues. So from purely an attendance standpoint, somewhere else might be better.''

Longoria spent 10 years with the Rays before being traded to the Giants in December.

What will happen next? Only time will tell. What are YOUR thoughts?