Archive for February, 2011

  • Tom Jones Of St. Pete Times Rips Rays Fans

    Tom Jones Of St. Pete Times Rips Rays Fans

    February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am 26 comments

    Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times, who writes the blog “Tom Jones’ 2¢,” names the teams he believes have the most and least supportive fans in the major sports. And who gets the honor of the “Least Supportive” fans in Major League Baseball? St. Pete’s own Tampa Bay Rays… […]

     
  • The Golden Era Of Coaching In Tampa Bay

    February 28, 2011 at 11:24 am 0 comments

    Joe Maddon joined Raheem Morris of the Buccaneers and Guy Boucher of the Lightning for a round table discussion of their profession. It was a five-part series, and you can see all the videos at this link. [TBO.com] Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • Coco Crisp Recounts Time He Went Coocoo On The Rays

    Coco Crisp Recounts Time He Went Coocoo On The Rays

    February 28, 2011 at 8:52 am 9 comments

    Back in June, 2008, James Shields plunked Coco Crisp after Crisp had slid a little too hard into second base in a previous game and then mouthed-off about the incident. In an interview with David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus, Crisp offers a rare insight into the makings of a baseball […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Hot Catcher, Casey’s Glove And Big Blast Shields

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Hot Catcher, Casey’s Glove And Big Blast Shields

    February 28, 2011 at 7:53 am 5 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. THE GOOD: Robinson Chirinos. We have described Chirinos bat as being similar to John Jaso but with more pop. Well, that pop was on display yesterday […]

     
  • Evan Longoria and Caity Kauffman at a recent Lightning game

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss An Opening Day Lineup, Strong Debuts And A 3rd Catcher

    February 27, 2011 at 10:39 am 8 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. THE GOOD: Going Deep. Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez brought the power to the Rays first game of the spring, with each hitting long home runs…Strong […]

     
  • Can’t Beat The Rays? Contract ‘Em!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm 16 comments

    Ken Rosenthal recently wrote a piece in which said there are “rumblings” from some owners that they want to see the Rays (and A’s) contracted. John Romano of the St. Pete Times wrote  that “Tampa Bay is now on the clock.” Over at Business Insider I wrote a short piece […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Creepy Dave, What Spring Training Record Mean And Shopp’s Heir Apparent

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Creepy Dave, What Spring Training Record Mean And Shopp’s Heir Apparent

    February 25, 2011 at 7:42 am 10 comments

    What can only be described as “must see TV,” is this video report from JB Long of Bright House Sports. The clip includes a great sequence in which Joe Maddon is actually instructing Manny Ramirez on the art of hitting. And Manny seems receptive to it. Even more fun, JoeMa […]

     
  • CHART: Rays All-Time Games Played Leaders

    CHART: Rays All-Time Games Played Leaders

    February 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm 5 comments

    i was working on my “Chart of the Day” feature over at Business Insider and was trying something new, a word cloud (created using Wordle.net). And I thought it would be fun to see what it would look like over here. So here are all 43 players that have played at […]

     
  • Rays Never Offered Crawford A Contract

    February 24, 2011 at 10:52 am 12 comments

    This really shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but Carl Crawford confirms that the Rays never offered him a contract. This comes in response to Crawford being asked if his situation was similar to that of LeBron James leaving Cleveland… “No, I didn’t LeBron them at all,” said the Rays […]

     
  • 7 Rays Among BA’s Top 100 Prospects

    February 24, 2011 at 10:13 am 1 comment

    Baseball America released their annual list of the top 100 prospects. And the Rays are well represented… Jeremy Hellickson (6) Matt Moore (15) Desmond Jennings (22) Chris Archer (27) Jake McGee (71) Josh Sale (88) Hak-Ju Lee (92) Hellboy was no. 14 on ESPN.com’s Top 100 and no. 2 on […]