Play ball! Scott meets with MLB commish

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Gov. Rick Scott tweeted this picture from his meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday, prompting this response from @TimBoylesPhoto:

“he looks happy to be with you as the Pope was to be with @realDonaldTrump #ouch #sad.”

Scott’s tete-a-tete with the MLB commish comes as the Miami Marlins scout for new owners and the Tampa Bay Rays continue a drawn-out quest for a new stadium.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will be held in Miami next month.

Scott’s meeting with Manfred was part of the governor’s economic development trip to the Northeast, which an “I-want-to-poach-your-jobs” stop in Connecticut.

What was on the major-league menu at yesterday’s meeting?

The governor’s office had this to say when The News Service of Florida asked if the talks involved the future of the Marlins and Rays:

“While in New York, Governor Scott had the opportunity to meet with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred about their commitment to Florida and baseball’s large impact on Florida’s economy.”

On June 13, Manfred expressed some optimism about the Tampa Bay stadium search during an interview on Siriius XM Fantasy Sports Radio.

“Hats off to the governments in St. Pete and Tampa. They have given Stu Sternberg, the owner of the Rays, the ability to look on either side of the causeway to find the site that’s best for the team,” Manfred said. “They have not been parochial in terms of whether it was going to be on the St. Pete side or the Tampa side. Again, I take that as a really positive development in terms of trying to move things forward in Tampa.”

— Jim Turner contributed to this post.