Articles by: Cork Gaines
 

  • New commissioner’s change to All-Star game is a blow to Tampa Bay Rays’ hopes for a new stadium

    New commissioner’s change to All-Star game is a blow to Tampa Bay Rays’ hopes for a new stadium

    February 7, 2015 at 10:05 am 3 comments

    Here is an interesting twist to the ongoing debate over a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bay Area. The Rays are no longer guaranteed to host an All-Star game if they do build a new stadium. New commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN.com that Major League Baseball […]

     
  • Rays at No. 10 in first Power Ranking of 2015

    Rays at No. 10 in first Power Ranking of 2015

    February 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm 6 comments

    With four weeks to go before Spring Training games start most of the off-season transactions have been completed and we now have a good idea what most teams will look like on opening day. As a result we have our first Power Ranking of the season via BI Sports and […]

     
  • REPORT: Rays insist they have ‘proof’ the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon

    REPORT: Rays insist they have ‘proof’ the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon

    February 6, 2015 at 8:55 am 11 comments

    The investigation into tampering charges against the Chicago Cubs for the hiring of Joe Maddon has taken an interesting twist. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rays claim to have proof that the Cubs tampered with Maddon while he was still manager of the Rays. The #Cubs insist […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    February 5, 2015 at 8:35 am 7 comments

    Grant Balfour has been inducted into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame despite still being an active player. According to Baseball Australia, Balfour’s “inevitable induction” was moved up so that his ailing father could witness this ceremony. Congrats to Balf. THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… The Rays have confirmed the signings […]

     
  • Tampa Bay Rays named the biggest ‘losers’ of the off-season, told to find a new owner

    Tampa Bay Rays named the biggest ‘losers’ of the off-season, told to find a new owner

    February 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm 13 comments

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has named his winners and losers of the off-season and the Rays top the wrong list, albeit for a weird reason. Take it away, Jon: “Not only did they lose beloved manager Maddon, resourceful GM Andrew Friedman, ultra versatile infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist and young power-hitting Myers, […]

     
  • New commissioner says a nice thing about the Bay Area

    New commissioner says a nice thing about the Bay Area

    February 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm 1 comment

    When was the last time former MLB commissioner Bud Selig said something positive about Tampa and St. Petersburg? I’m sure there were a few, but I certainly can’t remember any recently. Well, we have a new commissioner and this one managed to say something realistic without disparaging the Bay Area. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    February 2, 2015 at 9:38 am 6 comments

    The Rays are close to adding two more veterans with minor league contracts and invitations to Spring Training. According to Marc Topkin, the Rays have already signed 32-year-old reliever Ronald Belisario who was recently waived by the White Sox. The right-handed Belisario had a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 30, 2015 at 8:54 am 4 comments

    Last year we spent a lot of time talking about how the Rays prefer pitchers that throw their fastballs up in the strikezone and encourage their pitchers to do so. For example, Drew Smyly was asked to throw more high fastballs after being acquired from the Tigers and the result […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 29, 2015 at 10:53 am 3 comments

    We have our second 2015 projection and this one is better than the last, with PECOTA projecting the Rays to win 86 games, tied for the Red Sox for the best team in the AL East. We previously looked at Fangraphs, which has the Rays projected to win 83 games. […]

     
  • New Commissioner Kinda, Sorta Says Baseball Can Work In Montreal

    New Commissioner Kinda, Sorta Says Baseball Can Work In Montreal

    January 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm 3 comments

    The ink on the new baseballs with Rob Manfred’s signature are still wet, but Major League Baseball’s new commissioner has wasted little time letting people know what his vision is for the sport. Manfred first raised some eyebrows among Rays fans when he said he was open to eliminating defensive […]