Archive for April, 2011

  • The (Kinda) New And Improved Cork-Board

    The (Kinda) New And Improved Cork-Board

    April 20, 2011 at 8:00 am 7 comments

    Over on the right side of the page, you will see a link to “Organizational Depth Chart” also known as the “Tampa Bay Rays Cork-Board.” We recently made a few changes which we think will make the page more useful. Now, if you click on a player’s name you will […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Big Blast’s Big Night, And Super Sammy

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Big Blast’s Big Night, And Super Sammy

    April 20, 2011 at 6:30 am 15 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. click above image for boxscore THE GOOD: James Shields. You gotta love what we are seeing from Big Blast James early in the season. Last night […]

     
  • Postgame Shot Of Joe: Who Needs Runs?

    Postgame Shot Of Joe: Who Needs Runs?

    April 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm 8 comments

    Joe loves the finer points of baseball, and Casey Kotchman’s tag out of Paul Konerko from Kelly Shoppach’s pickoff throw in the seventh inning was perfection. Dan Johnson doesn’t make that play at first base. And Kotchman, per the magic of April baseball, is now a .313 hitter. Of course, James Shields is […]

     
  • Lightning Sell Tickets In Spite Of Local Economy

    April 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm 4 comments

    Yesterday, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Todd Leiweke went on “Happy Hour with JP Peterson.” Among the topics discussed was the strong attendance figures for the Lightning at The St. Pete Times Forum which were up 12 percent this season. And how are the Bolts able to sell tickets in this economic climate? Leiweke […]

     
  • Nationals Looking For A Center Fielder, Scouting Upton

    Nationals Looking For A Center Fielder, Scouting Upton

    April 19, 2011 at 8:00 am 16 comments

    Last week we wrote that BJ Upton might be a strong candidate to be traded at some point this summer. And now comes word from Ken Rosenthal and Peter Gammons that the Washington Nationals might be interested. In Rosenthal’s latest column, he says Upton is the Nats’ ideal trade target, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Golden D, Flip Fourth, And Booing Crawford

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Golden D, Flip Fourth, And Booing Crawford

    April 19, 2011 at 6:30 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. click above image for boxscore THE GOOD: Defense. Reid Brignac made a spectacular play when he ranged towards the third base line in shallow left field, […]

     
  • Postgame Shot Of Joe: Flashing Leather And Free Pizza

    Postgame Shot Of Joe: Flashing Leather And Free Pizza

    April 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm 1 comment

    Wow, what a game. Joe suspects the Rays 5-0 win over the White Sox was exactly what Rays fans had hoped for before the season, much less Merlot Joe Maddon. The Rays would need solid starting pitching. And they got just that. David Price, easily his best start of the […]

     
  • Rays Dedication To Young Starting Pitchers Is Unmatched

    April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am 9 comments

    Here is a cool stat for you via Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal. The Rays have not used a starting pitcher over the age of 30 since June 25, 2006, a stretch of 749 games. That is the longest such streak since at least 1919. It also easily […]

     
  • Silverman Says Stories Of MLB Pushing Stadium Issue Are “Just Rumors”

    Silverman Says Stories Of MLB Pushing Stadium Issue Are “Just Rumors”

    April 18, 2011 at 10:00 am 0 comments

    Michael Sasso writes about a recent meeting with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, in which Rays team president Matt Silverman urged Tampa business leaders to be the public voice pushing for a new stadium east of the bay. Of course, this is necessary because the Rays are not allowed […]

     
  • Potential Astros Owner Wants Andrew Friedman As His GM

    April 18, 2011 at 9:00 am 1 comment

    Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane is reportedly close to selling the team to Houston businessman Jim Crane. And according to Phil Rgoers, if Crane does complete the purchase, one of his first moves will be to try to lure Andrew Friedman away from the Rays (via Chicago Tribune)… Assuming he succeeds in […]