Archive for February, 2011

  • Joyce Will Not Play Everyday To Start Season

    Joyce Will Not Play Everyday To Start Season

    February 10, 2011 at 9:00 am 35 comments

    Here is a nice find by The Ray Area who attended a function with Joe Maddon as the guest speaker. We strongly encourage clicking through to read several other thoughts from JoeMa. But the one we were most intrigued by was Maddon’s plans for Matt Joyce…. Matt Joyce will ultimately […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Jennings’ Appreciation, Scoring At The Trop And

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Jennings’ Appreciation, Scoring At The Trop And

    February 10, 2011 at 7:17 am 9 comments

    Bill Chastain has an excellent write-up on Desmond Jennings and his appreciation for African-Americans that came before him in Major League Baseball. “You can’t really explain what the people before me did coming up,” Jennings said. “The opportunity that they’ve given us because of what they’ve done, you can’t really […]

     
  • Forget You – The Tampa Bay Rays Version (Video)

    February 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm 8 comments

    Our very own video correspondent and Afrologist, Jordi Scrubbings, put together this litte tribute to those that have left the Rays…

     
  • Joe Maddon Likes To Tinker With The Lineup

    Joe Maddon Likes To Tinker With The Lineup

    February 9, 2011 at 10:30 am 5 comments

    We’ve never worried to much about lineups. Over the course of a full season, it doesn’t make much of a difference. But in the framework of a single game, the lineup can make a huge difference. But when people hear that Joe Maddon used 129 lineups last year in 162 […]

     
  • Joe Maddon And Raheem Morris Are Close

    February 9, 2011 at 9:28 am 4 comments

    Yesterday was Joe Maddon’s birthday, and to celebrate he took in the Lightning game, with Raheem Morris. Our very own Joe got to spend a few minutes in their suite. [Joe Bucs Fan]

     
  • Some Final Thoughts On The Sternberg Story

    February 9, 2011 at 9:20 am 39 comments

    Yesterday we linked to a story that I wrote over at Business Insider in which I speculated that if the Wilpon Family is forced to sell the Mets, Stuart Sternberg could emerge as a candidate to buy the team. In that story I laid out several reasons why I thought the […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss The Mad Scientist, The Bullpen And The Lightning Owner

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss The Mad Scientist, The Bullpen And The Lightning Owner

    February 9, 2011 at 8:30 am 15 comments

    You thought Joe Maddon liked to tinker with the lineup before? Well, we might finally see the Mad Scientist unleashed this year with his new roster. Roger Mooney takes a look at the possibilities and some of the scenarios. The recent signings of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez may at […]

     
  • Leslie Anderson And Justin Ruggiano Designated For Assignment

    February 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm 4 comments

    Marc Topkin is reporting that the Rays have designated Leslie Anderson and Justin Ruggiano for assignment. The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. The Rays now have 10 days to trade Anderson and Ruggiano or have them subjected to waivers. Moving Ruggiano means

     
  • The Average Rays Player Has 4.7 Years Until Free Agency

    The Average Rays Player Has 4.7 Years Until Free Agency

    February 8, 2011 at 9:30 am 9 comments

    Much has been made recently by some outside the Bay Area about how “old” the Rays are now that they have signed Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. But are they? After all, they did lose 742 free agents this winter. But the truth is, the Rays are younger, and they […]

     
  • The Rays Index Confidence Poll

    February 8, 2011 at 9:00 am 0 comments

    Below you will see three polls that ask about your confidence in the Tampa Bay Rays. We will present these same polls most Tuesdays. The results will be presented in graphical form on Thursday, and will be displayed permanently in the sidebar. The goal of the Confidence Graph is to […]