hangoverThe picture at right is of BJ Upton from a recent golf tournament and comes to us via his Twitter account.


  • Marc Topkin has the details on Kelly Shoppach’s new deal. He will make $2.25 million in 2010. We had him projected at $2.2 million in our payroll projection. [The Heater]
  • As is standard practice for the Rays, they have set a January 19 deadline for reaching an agreement and avoiding arbitration with their remaining arbitration-eligible players (BJ Upton, Jason Bartlett, Matt Garza, JP Howell). [MLB]
  • Dock of the Rays looks at Jeff Niemann’s 2010 projections. [Dock of the Rays]
  • Simon on Sports interviewed bloggers for each team about their off-season. We provided the commentary on the Rays. [Simon on Sports]
  • UmpBump.com looks at what the Rays still need for next season. [UmpBump]
  • One blogger lists Joe Maddon as “on the hotseat” this season: “Maddon’s not helped by a disappointing 2009 in which the club at times looked as if they’d quit.” [Prince of New York Baseball]




  1. Don says:

    Upton can probably hit a golf ball....after all... its sitting still on a tee...but would he keep his head still?...and just think he doesn't have to run to first base...he could just go to the cart and sit down.....I'll bet he could play that game....
    does he have to play his foul balls? who would keep score?

  2. Brixology says:

    I'm bored. Let's sign somebody or trade somebody or announce this year's road trip themes or come up with new nicknames like "Roadhouse Ronnie" and "Skittles."

  3. Brixology says:

    Don can be Skittles.

  4. Justin says:

    Upton looks stupid. Maybe just as stupid as when he strikes out, again and again....

  5. steve-o1285 says:

    Can't even sneak a pic of Upton by without morons making dumb statements.

  6. Justin says:

    I think Steve-o has a selective memory. Then again, he might not have seen how Upton essentially self-destructed in the lineup last year.

    I suggest Steve-o watch some 2009 mlb.tv games and refresh his memory.

  7. Brixology says:

    Well, at least there was a brief and lively discussion. Better than nothing.

  8. CharlieRay says:

    I'm from NY, and it always worries me when someone claims they are a Prince in NY. My response to the PRINCE OF NY was, "Maybe you did not do you homework on Joe Maddon and the Rays. I will make it simple. Why would a manager be on the "HOT SEAT" when he and his team had the second best year in the history of the team???"

    • Don says:

      In a three (horse) race the horse that runs 3rd did not necessarily run a good race....someone (trainer) has to take the heat!

    • Sublime says:

      Welcome Charles Ray, this is an excellent site, but you'll see there are alot of "haters" around here, most obvious being Don.

      • Don says:

        Sublime...I think your name tells a lot of your opinion of yourself....problem is in sports EVERY fan has their opinion of what is going on...if that comes over as
        negativity to you... that is some what
        your problem!..Otherwise grow up and don't be so SUBLIME!


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