Why Newcastle United Are the Premier League's Reply to the Tampa Bay Rays

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Why Newcastle United Are the Premier League's Reply to the Tampa Bay Rays
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As the Premier League's most impressive team of the 2011-12 season, Newcastle United have really turned some heads under Alan Pardew and company.

Emerging now as a genuine top five team, Newcastle have regained their place amongst England's great teams, and the future is looking very bright indeed.

One parallel that can be drawn against Newcastle's rise this past season is that of the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball a few years ago.

From management to transfer policy and even to the surprise factor of the arrival of both teams, the Tampa Bay Rays and Newcastle United are a great cross-sport comparison.

I'm going to take you through the main reasons why this is the case.

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