If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”
However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true (including that sweet no-hitter), and the result was another division title.
Without further ado…
On the third day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, THREE All-Stars…
Last year, the Rays had four All-Stars. One of those players (Carl Crawford) is gone. And another (Rafael Soriano) is not likely to come back. The other two (Evan Longoria, David Price) are good bets to be in the All-Star game for years to come.
But if the Rays are going to contend in 2011, they will need at least one other player to perform above their expectations and have a career-year. Whether it is another starting pitcher (James Shields or Matt Garza) or Ben Zobrist showing some of his 2008 power or BJ Upton becoming a more consistent hitter, the Rays need somebody to step up.
If the Rays have any hope of contending in 2011, they need one player to rise up and play All-Star caliber baseball.