Judge in Tampa Bay Rays ownership dispute steps down from case over past team ties

Aug 30, 2021

A judge who was slated to oversee a legal dispute between majority and minority owners of the Tampa Bay Rays has stepped down from the case over past ties to the team, including a stint as a minor league general manager.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ramsberger granted a motion from five minority ownership groups asking him to be disqualified. The motion had argued that Ramsberger’s connections to the franchise presented a conflict of interest, and therefore he could not be impartial.

Source: Jay Cridlin for Tampa Bay Times