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 is instructing Manny in Spanish.

But maybe the best part of the entire video comes in the final 4-5 seconds, as can be seen in the screenshot above. It is Dave Martinez lurking in the background with his new beard. After hearing about how the Red Sox investigated Carl Crawford, if we didn’t know that was Dave, we would swear it was a Red Sox investigator in a cheap disguise.


  • I was a guest on “Outside the Apple” for NY Baseball Digest. You can hear the audio here. [NYBD]
  • Is there a correlation between how many games a team wins in the spring and how many games they win during the regular season? Maybe not. [Business Insider]
  • Robinson Chirinos who could convince the Rays to trade Kelly Shoppach at some point this season, talks about his transition to being a catcher. [TBO.com]
  • Johnny Damon on his relationship with his new teammates: “I feel like I’ve been their teammate for a while, and it’s only been a couple of weeks. These guys have come to accept me and embrace me.” [SI.com]
  • Chad Durbin may be close to a deal with the Indians. The Rays were thought to be one of the finalists for the reliever. [MLBTR]
  • Joe Smith writes about what Joel Peralta has overcome to get to this point in his career. [TampaBay.com]

Manny Ramirez takes batting practice off of Jake McGee

Dane de la Rosa goofing off





  1. Japhei says:

    I think this is going to be the most entertaining seasons in Rays history.

    We have the talent level if it clicks to pass the Mariners win-loss record season.

    Think about it. We won the division when most of our players had down years. Only Evan and CC stood out. Imagine if 15 of our 25 click.

  2. Japhei says:

    Not trying to forget Price either for the 1rst half he was a true Ace. And Hellickson at the end of the year was Roger Clemens / Doc Gooden good!

  3. Charles says:

    If you're a Baseball Prospectus subscriber, here's an interesting recount of the famous 2008 Rays-Sox brawl from Coco Crisp's perspective:


    If you're not a subscriber, you can get up to the point in the story where Shields hits him with the pitch at least.

  4. KillaTapes says:

    Should we be worried that Maddon is instructing one of the greatest hitters of our generation on hitting? Just sayin'.

  5. hey says:

    found this vid of the Rays new photos, pretty funny when Evan's and Shoppach's pics come up, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJGYjh2NV4

  6. Pipp says:

    >Johnny Damon on his relationship with his new teammates: “I feel like
    >I’ve been their teammate for a while, and it’s only been a couple of
    >weeks. These guys have come to accept me and embrace me.”

    That's because they all grew up watching him. Most of them were still in elementary school when Damon was a rookie. Of the 40-man roster, 31 of them were 12 years old or younger when Johnny made his MLB debut in 1995.

  7. CC says:

    Joe's advice. A walks as good as a hit. Yikes

    • James says:

      Did me really say that?

      Interesting to note that OBP seems to agree with this. That is why wOBA is a good statistic that should be used whether you like sabermetrics or not.

    • Scot says:

      Joe is a data driven manager. The 27 outs are the most precious commodity for a team.

  8. Don says:

    I'm not sure Maddon could "instruct" Ramirez ANYTHING about hitting....
    IN fact the more MAddon/sheldon leaves Ramirez/Damon ALONE and let them do their own thing...like the last 10-20years the BETTER they will be.
    LOOK already how many hitters have improved AFTER they get away from Maddon/Sheldon.
    TEll him to hit the road Manny...it could be your first and most important outburst in a Rays uniform..it could actually help the WHOLE team
    I mean look what they have done for Zobrist,AYbar,Bartlett...they turned them into upton/Pena...don't get caught in that trap...tell sheldon to get the hell away from you...go help some else out of here!


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