Archive for February, 2011

  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A New Rayshead, Manny’s Arrival And Dude’s Delay

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A New Rayshead, Manny’s Arrival And Dude’s Delay

    February 17, 2011 at 5:02 am 14 comments

    I apologize for the lack of posts over the last 24 hours. But on the same day that Manny Ramirez reported to the Rays spring training complex (5 days early, way to go Manny!), my second daughter reported for duty in the Rayshead Army. Clare Maguire was born yesterday. Mrs. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Projections, Slogans And Curses

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Projections, Slogans And Curses

    February 16, 2011 at 7:52 am 9 comments

    The PECOTA projection system at Baseball Prospectus is out and the they have the forecast for the AL East. In it, the Rays are projected to finish third at 84-78, which is right about where we would think they should be. Interestingly, they have the Red Sox winning the East […]

     
  • Rays Index Appearance On ESPN 1040

    Rays Index Appearance On ESPN 1040

    February 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm 1 comment

    The Professor, Cork Gaines, will make an appearance on “The Fabulous Sports Babe Show” on ESPN 1040 AM at about 1:00 pm today. You can listen via the station’s website. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • Matt Garza Is Latest Player To Criticize Attendance

    February 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm 45 comments

    First it was Carl Crawford, now it is Matt Garza’s turn. Garza was asked about the trade that sent him to the Cubs. And apparently that seemed like a good opportunity to give ESPN their sound-bite for the night… “when you are drawing 12,000 and you’re in first place in the […]

     
  • Former Rays Intern Now Writing For ESPN.com

    February 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

    ESPNW.com is a new wing of the 4-letter’s empire that will, among other things, “shine a brighter spotlight on the accomplishments of women athletes.” Among the contributors is Whitney Holtzman who is a former Tampa Bay Rays intern. You can see her first few stories on this page. A big […]

     
  • Baby Rocco

    Baby Rocco

    February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am 1 comment

    In 2000, Rocco Baldelli was an 18-year old outfielder with the Princeton Rays. It was his first year in pro ball after being drafted in the first round of that June’s amateur draft. Baldelli hit only .216 that season in 60 games, with three home runs and 11 stolen bases. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Free Turf, Howell’s Bulk And The Devil Lives

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Free Turf, Howell’s Bulk And The Devil Lives

    February 15, 2011 at 7:29 am 16 comments

    When we first broke the news that the Rays were considering a switch from FieldTurf to AstroTurf for the 2011 season, the Rays told us they were “studying the possibility of AstroTurf’s offer.” Well it turns out that the “offer” was too good to pass up. How good? Free. Robert […]

     
  • Breakout Candidate: Matt Joyce

    Breakout Candidate: Matt Joyce

    February 14, 2011 at 10:30 am 3 comments

    In 2009, Ben Zobrist, burst on to the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, to hit 27 home runs and post a .948 OPS. Last year, John Jaso, surprised many when he posted a .378 OBP in 109 games after it looked like he would spend the season in triple-A. Who […]

     
  • Rays Opening Day Roster Projection

    Rays Opening Day Roster Projection

    February 14, 2011 at 9:00 am 19 comments

    With Spring Training set to begin this week, let’s take a look at what the opening day roster might look like and some of the questions that remain to be answered… A few notes on the 25-man roster projection… LINEUP: Andrew Friedman said Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Balfour Sign-N-Trade, Playing Golf With Trump And Another Reliever In The Mix

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Balfour Sign-N-Trade, Playing Golf With Trump And Another Reliever In The Mix

    February 14, 2011 at 7:17 am 3 comments

    While the Yankees ended up signing Rafael Soriano, Brian Cashman first had his eyes set on Grant Balfour. But Cashman made it clear in the aftermath of signing Soriano, that he didn’t want to give up the Yankees first round pick. And as a Type A free agent, Balfour would […]