Archive for January, 2009

  • [THE PROFESSOR] Yes, We Will Be Appearing In The Season Premiere Of ‘Friday Night Lights’

    [THE PROFESSOR] Yes, We Will Be Appearing In The Season Premiere Of ‘Friday Night Lights’

    January 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm 17 comments

    The Tampa Bay Rays came a long way in one year, and now their fan base is everywhere. The above image is a screen capture from next week’s season premier of “Friday Night Lights” (here is a slightly larger version). That handsome fella on the right side of the screen […]

     
  • [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Rays Index Confidence Graph

    [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Rays Index Confidence Graph

    January 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm 0 comments

    The Rays Confidence Graph will appear every Wednesday and is a look at how much confidence Rays fans have in the Tampa Bay Rays. The graph is designed to give us a look at how our emotional bias as Rays fans fluctuates through time. The “confidence” in the team is […]

     
  • [WAGGING THE DOG] Rays Index Readers Survey 2009

    [WAGGING THE DOG] Rays Index Readers Survey 2009

    January 8, 2009 at 10:07 am 1 comment

    If you have about 30 seconds to spare, please take a moment to answer 6 questions. Rays Index Readers Survey 2009 Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Cliff Floyd Wants To Return To Rays; May Have To Hire Jeff Gillooly

    [THE HANGOVER] Cliff Floyd Wants To Return To Rays; May Have To Hire Jeff Gillooly

    January 8, 2009 at 9:02 am 0 comments

    Just the links today, Jason Giambi’s birthday. We don’t think David Chalk will be sending any gifts. Also, on this day 7 years ago, the [Devil] Rays were involved in a three-team swap that sent Roberto Hernandez to the Royals. The Rays received Ben Grieve from Oakland and the A’s […]

     
  • [ROCCO BALDELLI] Rocco Baldelli Close To Signing With Red Sox

    [ROCCO BALDELLI] Rocco Baldelli Close To Signing With Red Sox

    January 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm 10 comments

    Peter Gammons is reporting that the Red Sox are close to signing Rocco Baldelli, with an announcement expected Thursday night. The Boston Red Sox were close to signing free-agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli on Wednesday night. It is expected to be announced at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, where Baldelli will […]

     
  • [2009 TAMPA BAY RAYS] Projected 2009 Tampa Bay Rays 25-Man Roster

    [2009 TAMPA BAY RAYS] Projected 2009 Tampa Bay Rays 25-Man Roster

    January 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm 18 comments

    Earlier today we projected the 40-man roster and payroll. Now let’s take a look at the 25-man roster and lineup.25-Man Roster Projection and Lineup (notes and explanations on the projection can be found following the roster)… Notes on the 25-man roster projection Projection is based only on players currently in […]

     
  • [2009 TAMPA BAY RAYS] Projected 2009 Tampa Bay Rays 40-Man Roster And Payroll

    [2009 TAMPA BAY RAYS] Projected 2009 Tampa Bay Rays 40-Man Roster And Payroll

    January 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm 4 comments

    With the recent additions of Joe Nelson and Pat Burrell, let’s update the 2009 40-man roster projection. We will be back later today or tomorrow morning to look at the 25-man roster and lineup.40-Man Roster Projection (notes and explanations on the projection can be found following the roster)… Notes on […]

     
  • [PHRAUDS] 2008 World Series Champs: Philadelphia Phillies*

    [PHRAUDS] 2008 World Series Champs: Philadelphia Phillies*

    January 7, 2009 at 11:59 am 79 comments

    [Update: MLB says they wanted to suspend Romero for the playoffs but instead allowed him to negotiate his way out of it. The claim is that the normal appeal process would have lasted longer than the postseason] The Tampa Bay Rays won’t say it…Major League Baseball won’t say it…the mainstream […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Arbitration Deadline Looms For Five Rays

    [THE HANGOVER] Arbitration Deadline Looms For Five Rays

    January 7, 2009 at 9:31 am 0 comments

    The Rays have five players that are arbitration-eligible: Dioner Navarro, Jason Bartlett, Gabe Gross, Grant Balfour, Willy Aybar. The Rays will have until January 19 to reach an agreement with each of these players prior to filing arbitration numbers. The Rays have a strict “file-and-go” policy. Once arbitration numbers have […]

     
  • [PROFITABILITY] Measuring Return On Investment In Major League Baseball

    [PROFITABILITY] Measuring Return On Investment In Major League Baseball

    January 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm 3 comments

    Recently Drays Bay took a look at how much several of the Rays were worth in 2008 as compared to what those players were actually paid. Using the new “Value in Dollars” feature at Fangraphs, they showed that the Rays received $81.5 million of production from 10 players, for approximately […]