DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • How many times this season have we heard that so-and-so will definitely be back on a certain day or will definitely miss only X games, only to have that player out much longer? Well, remember a couple of days ago when Evan Longoria was adamant that he wouldn’t miss any time with the Rays because of his infected finger? Now Joe Maddon is saying it is “50-50, maybe 60-40″ chance of Longo playing tonight. [The Heater]
  • Missed this link earlier…Chris Mason has been released by the Rays. Mason went 15-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 2007 and shot up the prospect charts. But he struggled mightily upon being promoted to triple-A last season. [Biscuit Crumbs]
  • 10Connects.com has more on the findings of the ABC group regarding the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays. In short, nobody thinks downtown St. Pete is good place to have a baseball team. Also, Michael Kalt chose his words very carefully when asked about the possibility of moving outside of St. Pete. [10Connects]

“We have a lease with St. Petersburg, and that’s where we’re focused,” Kalt added. “Obviously, over the course of time, the community will need to make a decision about where’s the best place for this team to be but we have a lease with St. Petersburg and that’s a major consideration.”

  • The group also strongly recommends that the Rays new stadium have a retractable roof. [St. Pete Times]
  • Marc Topkin looks at what it will take for the Rays to get back to the playoffs and three players that can help make it happen. [St. Pete Times]
  • John Romano wants to see the Rays play better against the teams they are supposed to beat. [St. Pete Times]
  • Joe Henderson makes a case for giving Carl Crawford a contract extension. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Around the Majors defends Joe Maddon’s decision to not pitch Tim Wakefield in the all-star game. [Around the Majors]
  • Rays Revolutionary has 10 things they would like to see in the second-half. [Rays Revolutionary]

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