Blake Snell Vs Hunter Pence Blake Snell representing the Rays, and he represented us well. Starting out the tournament, Snell went with the throwback Devil Rays jerseys, a clearly excellent choice. Snell’s semifinal matchup vs Pence started with a bit of controversy.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 3:04 am
Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN contributor on TV, radio, podcasts, blogs, Magazine Charter member of FSWA Hall of Fame Author of “The Best Philadelphia Sports Arguments” Follow on Twitter Spring is here and Eric Karabell misses baseball, so he is going to write about all 30 MLB teams over the next few months, covering myriad player values and his general thoughts for what he hopes will ultimately be a fruitful 2020 season.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:26 pm
How does the Tampa Bay Yankees sound? How about St. Pete Yankees? Or Miami Yankees?
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:28 pm
The four-game tilt provided what may have been the most exciting/interesting baseball played by either team (the Devil Rays went 69-92) all season long: April 3 (Opening Day) In front of 43,830 members of Twins Territory, Brad Radke jogged to the mound to officially christen the new season. He rocked back into his distinctive windup and fired the first pitch to Gerald Williams—who promptly deposited it over the left field fence. The rest of the game went no better.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:00 pm
Cesar Hernandez, Cleveland Indians After seven years in Philadelphia, Hernandez has moved a few hundred miles west to become Cleveland’s second baseman. He should be an improvement upon what the Indians were getting out of Jason Kipnis over the past few years, though not by much. Durability might be where he provides the most help.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:24 am
In the movie, Morris promises his players that if they make the state playoffs, he will attend a major league tryout camp. It didn’t quite happen that way, but Morris did attend a Devil Rays tryout camp in San Angelo — although he wore his softball uniform, not jeans, as depicted in the movie. I’d love to see the reaction to some 35-year-old guy showing up in jeans …
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:00 am
The Padres have officially announced that they’ve sent INF Esteban Quiroz to Tampa Bay in order to complete the trade for OF Tommy Pham. Back in December, the Padres agreed to send outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards, and a player to named later (Quiroz) to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder/right-handed pitcher Jake Cronenworth. This past season, Quiroz spent 96 games with the El Paso Chihuahuas where he hit .
Posted: March 26, 2020, 9:37 pm
The Rays have optioned seven players – including pitcher Brendan McKay, who made 11 starts in 2019 – to the minor leagues.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 6:52 pm
Video gaming has become a go-to hobby for millions self-isolating around the globe, and titles old and new are getting unprecedented participation. Call of Duty: Warzone debuted March 10 and attracted 30 million players in its first 10 days, and Animal Crossing became the most tweeted about game of 2020 with 3 million Twitter mentions in 24 hours after dropping Friday. In Italy, quarantined teens played so much Fortnite that it helped create a massive surge in bandwidth.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:22 am
With that said, given that we don’t know when the season will start I will be taking some liberties when applicable to decide whether or not injured players will be healthy by the time the season begins. Today we look at the Rays. Offseason Additions Hunter Renfroe, OF; Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, OF/3B/DH; José Martínez, 1B/OF/DH; Manuel Margot, OF; Randy Arozarena, OF The Rays, as one would expect, didn’t make any major splashes in the free agent market, but that doesn’t mean they sat on their hands o…
Posted: March 25, 2020, 2:30 pm
With no real games, Strat-O-Matic will simulate the baseball season – Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times ($$$) A Look Back at the 1997 Expansion Draft – Seth Carter, Rays Colored Glasses Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier feeling cabin fever over coronavirus shutdown – Kevin O’Donnell, Fox News 13 ‘I have absolutely come to peace with it. Former Valley star Dan Jennings accepting retirement – Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register TB Rays P Pete Fairbanks & Netflix Bandwidth – Kevin Wheeler, Overnight America Luke Baile…
Posted: March 25, 2020, 2:11 pm
The Boston Red Sox were in a bad way after being walked off on by the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the 2013 American League Division Series. But one of the prevalent themes of the 2013 Sox was resilience, and Boston wasn’t about to sit around and feel sorry for itself. Game 4 provided a confident Tampa Bay team with a chance to even the series, sure, but it also allowed the Red Sox another chance to close out the series.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:00 am
Everything is just on pause right now,” said Topkin, “And I think the weirdest thing about it for everybody is the uncertainty, talking to Rays players and talking to Rays officials, they thought it may only be a couple of weeks. Now, it looks like it will be at least a couple of months with the MLB saying they are going to go with the eight week minimum from the CDC. Does that mean a June start date?
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:08 am
1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the “10 and 5 rule” when he OK’d his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball’s Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series allowing a DH to be used in all games played in the American League home park. 1977 — Lenny Randle of the Texas Rangers, angry about having been benched during spring training, attacked 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi and sent him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 5:38 pm
Rays Stuff: Remember Leslie Anderson? He was signed by the Rays out of Cuba before the 2010 season, and he played four seasons in the Rays system, mostly in Durham. His offensive numbers were always very good, and I was surprised he never got even a cup of coffee.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 1:00 pm
Colorado Rockies: They Won’t Trade Nolan Arenado The hottest possible take on the Colorado Rockies is that they’ll actually be good in 2020, but we won’t go that far. However, they could be good enough to justify keeping Nolan Arenado. This is assuming that their budding system for conquering their hitting woes away from Coors Field works.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am