• Stacy Long was recently interviewed about Delmon Young for an article that will appear in the ESPN the Magazine. [Talk Alabama]
  • Even though he only played in 100 games for the Visalia Oaks before being promoted to AA, Reid Brignac was named the California League MVP. [MiLB]
  • Jacob McGee was named as the Left-handed starting pitcher to the post season All-Star team for the Midwest League. Closer Greg Dupas was one of two relief pitchers named to the team. [Battle Creek Enquirer]
  • Speaking of the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays…Has anyone ever thought that it was a bit weird that a team in Michigan was named after a saltwater fish? Well, that will be fixed next season when the D-Rays move from Battle Creek to their new home in Midland, Michigan. The team will change their name to the Great Lakes Loons. The Loons? [WWMT]
  • Here is a nice write-up of the great season that Andrew Sonnanstine is having, and his emergence as a top pitching prospect in the Rays organization. [Baseball America]
  • And here is another on Kevin Witt that was written before his cal-up on Friday. Some guys just get it. [Charlotte News Observer]
  • Its looking more and more like Jonny Gomes’ season is over. [Tampa Tribune]
  • His season may not be over, but Luis Ordaz’ career with the Rays is over after 1 game and 2 at bats. Ordaz had 2 at bats on opening day subbing in for the injured Julio Lugo. After the game it was determined that an injury sustained during Spring Training was more serious than previously thought and he was placed on the 60-day DL. This past week, Ordaz was reinstated from the DL and Designated for Assignment so that he would not take a spot on the 40-man roster. Interestingly, Ordaz’ 1 game, 2 at bat career with the Rays is NOT the shortest stint in a Rays uniform. That distinction belongs to none other than the 48-year old Julio Franco, who appeared in 1 game for the Rays in 1999 and struck out in his only plate appearance. Another player, Kenny Kelly also had only a single plate appearance for the Rays, but he actually appeared in 2 games in 2000. [ESPN]
  • Ty Wiggington’s broken hand appears to have healed ahead of schedule. He will spend the week in Durham on a rehab assignment and should be back with the Rays on Friday. [St. Pete Times]
  • At least somebody has noticed Carl Crawford’s great season, even it has been lost amongst the mess that has been the 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays. [Bradenton Herald]
  • When Joe Maddon gave his impromptu State of the Team address last week, it sounded an awful lot like spindoctoring. Trust us Joe, we can see the State of the Team in the 52-79 record and 26 games behind in the division. [Bradenton Herald]
  • Six players will be allocated to the Arizona Fall League by the Rays…SS Ben Zobrist, 1B Wes Bankston, OF Fernando Perez, RHP Jeff Niemann, LHP Jeff Ridgway, RHP Jeremy Flanagan and LHP Brian Henderson. [Devil Rays]
  • This news is a bit stale, but the Rays appear to be moving their Spring Training home from St. Pete to Charlotte County, the previous spring training home of the Texas Rangers. [Devil Rays]
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