Archive for January, 2010

  • This Week In Minor League Mancrushes: Desmond Jennings

    January 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm 3 comments

    If the most popular player on a football team is the backup quarterback, then the baseball equivalent is the big-time minor league prospect. For the Rays, that is Desmond Jennings. Below is one of Jennings’ 8 home runs he hit for Montgomery last year. Feel free to lock the doors, […]

     
  • If Anybody Reports 1,200 Missing Donuts, Dioner Navarro Will Be Primary Suspect

    If Anybody Reports 1,200 Missing Donuts, Dioner Navarro Will Be Primary Suspect

    January 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm 7 comments

    Remember when Dioner Navarro showed up at camp last spring in the best shape of his life? Navi’s OPS then proceeded to drop from .757 in 2008 to .583 in 2009. Coincidence? Navi apparently doesn’t think so. While this recent photo doesn’t give us the clearest view, it does seem […]

     
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    Six Rays Among ESPN.com Top 100 Prospects

    January 30, 2010 at 11:07 am 4 comments

    Earlier this week Keith Law ranked the Rays as the third best organization in baseball. Now Law has released his list of the Top 100 prospects. Six Rays are in the top 100, including 4 in the top 30. 6. Desmond Jennings 15. Wade Davis 17. Jeremy Hellickson 29. Tim […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Caveman Discount, One In The Bush And Joyce’s Job To Lose

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Caveman Discount, One In The Bush And Joyce’s Job To Lose

    January 30, 2010 at 9:20 am 3 comments

    In an interesting twist to the Johnny Damon situation, Jon Heyman of SI.com says Damon turned down a $6 million offer from the Yankees. In a last-ditch effort late last week after Damon himself called the team, Cashman, one of baseball’s best dealmakers, tried floating a contract of $6 million […]

     
  • Rays Still Trying To Trade Pat Burrell

    Rays Still Trying To Trade Pat Burrell

    January 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm 16 comments

    Recently, we have heard the Rays linked to Jim Thome and Johnny Damon. The common denominator in these rumors is Pat Burrell. Thome (who has since signed with the Twins) and Damon are DH-types at this point in their careers, and the Rays are only adding a DH if they […]

     
  • Derek Shelton Is Off To A Good Start

    Derek Shelton Is Off To A Good Start

    January 28, 2010 at 11:00 am 3 comments

    There is a lot of debate about the importance of a hitting coach. Often, their biggest challenge is to get hitters out of funks and back to where they are confident swinging a bat. And Shelton’s most important student this off-season is BJ Upton. And how are things working between […]

     
  • Rays System Ranked 3rd By ESPN.com

    Rays System Ranked 3rd By ESPN.com

    January 28, 2010 at 10:00 am 4 comments

    Keith Law has released his annual organizational rankings, and while it is no surprise the Rangers are on top, as they were for the second straight year in Baseball America’s rankings, it is a surprise that the Rays fell to third… The Rays have graduated a fair amount of talent […]

     
  • 21 Days Until Pitchers And Catchers Report

    January 28, 2010 at 9:00 am 2 comments

    But who’s countings? Seriously though…THREE WEEKS! Can we get an Anchorman group jump? Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Johnny Damon, Prospects And Navi’s Jealousy

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Johnny Damon, Prospects And Navi’s Jealousy

    January 28, 2010 at 7:06 am 0 comments

    The latest name to be tied to the Rays is Johnny Damon. And with the Yankees signing former Devil Ray Randy Winn, Damon is looking for a new home. Joel Sherman reports that the Rays have shown interest in Damon for some time… The Tampa Bay Rays have been in […]

     
  • In Rocco’s Own Words

    January 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm 4 comments

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com brings us Rocco Baldelli’s own words on his love for the game of baseball (thanks Travis). Let’s face it, Rocco will always be our first Devil Ray we ever truly loved. And even if he goes on to play for the Yankees, nothing will ever take […]