From the “Can’t make this up” pile, Marc Topkin drops this little nugget…
…the Rays decided to keep Uchibori, Iwamura’s interpreter the past two years, and gave him a job as a scout in his native Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Just another move proving that the Rays are trendsetters and super-sleuths at uncovering market inefficiencies. Because obviously interpreters make excellent talent evaluators. There go the Rays, reinventing the game of baseball, one interpreter at a time.
If only the Yankees had thought of that.
[Ed. Note: the gentleman in the above photo with Aki is not his most recent interpreter. That is Aki’s first interpreter with the Rays.]
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Noah Pransky of 10Connects explains that the Rays were one of the winners in the St. Pete Mayoral election held on Tuesday. [10Connects.com]
- Marc Topkin looks at what the Yankees title means for the Rays or as Stuart Sternberg said, “Order has been restored to the baseball universe.” [St. Pete Times]
- Desmond Jennings was named player of the year in the Southern League and Alexander Colome was named player of the year in the New York-Penn League. Colome was the only pitcher to receive the honor for his league. [MiLB]
- The Rays restructured their minor league staff. Marc Topkin has the details. [The Heater]
- The early odds on the Rays to win the World Series next season are 15-to-1. We are guessing that the odds on winning the East are not much better. [Dock of the Rays]