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The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE TELLING: You know, We had one simple request. And that was to have relief pitchers with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind us what Stuart Sternberg pays Andrew Friedman for, honestly? Throw us a bone here! What do we have? We have ill-tempered, soft-tossing sea bass…Oh yeah, and when you have a drink tonight. Let’s toast great baserunning and all of the excellent fundamentals the Rays have shown during this 7-game losing streak, their longest since an 11-game skid in 2007.

SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jason Bartlett

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • We apologize if it seems we are being overly brief in the Hangovers and other coverage here at RI. We promise we are not abandoning you or the Rays in this time of sucktitude. We are currently on the road and tending to some matters that have been on the docket for months. Everything should return to normal shortly. Thank you for your patience.
  • Yesterday we told you about Fernando Rodney being suspended for throwing a ball into the press box at The Trop. Afterwards, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski laid most of the blame for the suspension at the feet of Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times for a letter Topkin wrote to MLB. Marc Lancaster does an excellent job of ripping Dombrowski for his ridiculous comments. Also of note was the pounding Andy Freed and Dave Wills dished out on Dombrowski during the radio broadcast last night. They noted, among other things, that there is precedent for the suspension. The player’s name slips our memory, but there was apparently a very similar incident in which a player also received a 3-game suspension. We could be wrong, but we are pretty sure MLB did not cower to the pressure of Marc Topkin in this other incident. [Rays Report]
  • Evan Longoria was named the AL co-player of the week, the same week the Rays went 2-5. Go figure…Also, Dale Thayer has been promoted from Durham. If you are in the Durham area and have a heartbeat, you might want to give the Durham Bulls a call. Just about their entire roster is in New York with the Rays and the Bulls start the playoffs tonight. They could probably use some warm bodies. [St. Pete Times]
  • In a move even Joe Maddon couldn’t overthink, Wade Davis will remain in the rotation and make his next start against the Red Sox, while Andy Sonnanstine will move to the bullpen. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Noah Pransky debunks the myth that the Rays play in a “small market.” [10 Connects]
  • Joe Henderson takes a look at the 2010 Rays and what can be done to get back into contention. [Tampa Tribune]
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  1. Don says:

    Lets see :

    BAD FUNDAMENTALS: esp base running & mental stuff
    BAD FIELDING :Too many errors
    BAD PITCHING :Except rookies
    BAD HITTING :Except Longo, JB, CC & Zobrist
    BAD COACHING : Only Manager, Pitching & Hitting coaches

    SO WHERE DO WE REALLY NEED HELP FOR 2010????
    Whats the problem?

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  2. Gus says:

    Rays record since news of Kazmir trade broke: 3-10.

    Good to see the lockerroom took that trade as favorably as most of the kool-aid drinking local fishhacks took it.

    Oy yea, Kaz had another good start -- that's 7 of his last 8.

    As I said on the day the news broke -- it was an abomindable thing to do to the defending AL Champs and to the fanbase 3.5 games out.

    For an owner who days later said he just wants to be playing meaningful games 5 out of 10 Septembers, it makes no sense. 3.5 games out of the wild card may be as close as Evan Longoria will ever be to the playoffs in a Rays uniform again.

    I need to get over it, I know. Just not yet.

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  3. Don says:

    If you think the reason(s) the Rays are playing bad baseball... and thus losing..... you are on wrong Blog site...
    Pull up.... www. ilovekaz.com...along with about 10,000 other disappointed women in the tampabay area!
    Kaz's record on the Angels(a better team than the Rays) is 0wins/1loss!
    How would that help the Rays??

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    • Gus says:

      2 quality starts from kaz v. 2 horiffic outings from Sonny would have helped. Price, Davis anybody with a pulse in the bullpen would have helped. Trading good starting pitching in not a way to qualify for the playoffs.

      More to the point, it was the white flag and the players took it that way. As I've said before, the last 15 months with Kaz was very frustrating, but they could have traded him in the off-season. It was a panic move and while only time will tell whether he pans out and the prospects pan out, we do know for now that this season was given up with a month to go and 3.5 games out. That stinks.

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    • Sam A says:

      W-L is not a good way to judge a pitcher. He pitched very well in both starts. I'm not commenting on the trade one way or the other, but the bullpen would be a bit more rested if they had Kazmir's last two starts instead of Sonny's.

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      • Don says:

        The bull pen would have been more rested if "I" would have pitched instead of Sonnanstine! Why couldn't they have thrown him in the trade
        for another clubhouse dog?
        W-L record is how they determine division winners....and I remember when 20 wins was a good pitcher and 10 wins was a mediocre pitcher!
        But they don't want to hear that shit now...Its "how" they pitched...
        Go figure!

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        • Sam A says:

          So a pitcher should be the league MVP because no position player has won a single game this year...

          Division titles are determined by TEAM record. W-L for pitchers is a stupid stat.

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  4. ParrishRay says:

    I could be wrong but I think the pitcher that threw a ball into the stands before was Rob Dibble. Am I right or wrong?

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    • actually I do remember Dibble doing that once (to the outfield from the mound i think?). But I dont recall if he got fined or suspended. Apparently there was somebody more recently in the last couple of years.

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      • Nate says:

        The Dibble incident from 91 did result in a suspension. The ball actually struck a fan in the arm and resulted in a fracture. I believe the suspension was 4 games.

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        • ParrishRay says:

          I thought he at least threw one in the stands. I remember seeing the news reports back then...the media marked him as a "bad boy" back then and just blasted him. Has this even got any ESPN coverage? Back then, it was all over the place...

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