Last Friday, JP Peterson of “Happy Hour with JP Peterson” on WQYK AM1010, announced that his request for postseason press credentials had been denied by the Rays. It is unclear if the Rays gave Peterson a reason for denying his request, but Peterson believes it is because the Rays think he is too critical of the team, saying “If you are critical of the team, you won’t get credentials.”
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When we contacted the Rays, we were told the credentials were based on the “number of times a news outlet covers the team during the season.” According to the Rays, this lead to their decision to give a postseason credential to a different member of 1010′s staff.
Speaking from our own experience, we can confirm that we have at different times had our access to the Rays limited when they were unhappy with the content on this website. You can say that we occasionally get put in timeout. As for credentials to this year’s postseason, we don’t know. While we were approved for credentials in 2008 (despite not covering the Rays from The Trop at all during the regular season), we haven’t asked this year.