- We understand the excitement about the possibility of Edwin Jackson being the 5th starter for the Rays this season. Of course, everybody points to the 3-2 record and 1.60 ERA in the Venezuelan Winter League. The St. Pete Times ran an article on Jackson and his hopes of making the rotation out of Spring Training. They were correct to point out that he has had some control problems in his stint with the Rays. In 2006, he walked 25 in 36.1 innings of work. What they failed to mention is Jackson continued to have control problems in winter ball. Jackson somehow posted an impeccable ERA despite walking 23 batters in 45 innings. In addition, Jackson issued six wild pitches in those games. We beg everyone to temper their excitement. We still have our money on J. P. Howell being named the fifth starter. Jackson may have the inside track on a spot in the rotation if Casey Fossum is not ready for opening day.
- Here is a great photo of a very young Tropicana Field in diapers. We barely recognize it. We are fairly certain that this is a photo from the preparations for the New Kids on the Block concert from the fall of 1990, which amazingly is still the attendance record for the Trop. In the past we have made reference to The Curse of LaMar-Naimoli. But that may have been unjust. Maybe the Curse goes back further. The Curse of the New Kids? (thanks to griff3758)
- Nothing surprising here…Evan Longoria will not be on the opening day major league roster. In fact the only reason he appears to be in Spring Training at all is due to an obligation written into Longoria’s contract by his agent. If the Dirtbag can put up another strong campaign down on the farm in 2007, we would still put it at 50:50 at best for a Longoria sighting at the Trop in September.
- Casey Fossum felt good after his fourth bullpen session. Still no word of whether or not the team is expecting him to be ready for opening day. Fossum is hoping that he will come back stronger from this surgery than he did from the first time his shoulder was worked on. We think it is more likely that the Fossum Flop becomes his only pitch.
- Finally, former Rays prospect Josh Hamilton met with the media yesterday and had his first workout with his new team. It is a little disheartening to see Josh in a Reds uniform.