Articles by: Cork Gaines
 

  • [RAYMOND] Raymond’s Makeover Raises Questions Of MPEDs

    [RAYMOND] Raymond’s Makeover Raises Questions Of MPEDs

    December 19, 2007 at 11:24 am 7 comments

    2007 marked Raymond the Sea Dog’s 10th season as a major league mascot for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In the twilight of his career, his skills were clearly in decline. With the image found above, it now appears that Raymond has discovered the fountain of youth, much like other […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] BJ Upton Doesn’t Dance

    [THE HANGOVER] BJ Upton Doesn’t Dance

    December 17, 2007 at 9:57 am 2 comments

    With the holiday season upon us, Rays Index will be taking a semi-vacation. Mrs. Professor and I will be crisscrossing the country and there will not be any “Hangovers” until after the New Year, mainly because we fully expect to have a Hangover on a daily basis. However, we will […]

     
  • [CLIFF FLOYD] Rays And Cliff Floyd Agree On One-Year Deal

    [CLIFF FLOYD] Rays And Cliff Floyd Agree On One-Year Deal

    December 14, 2007 at 5:57 pm 0 comments

    [Ed. note (4:29pm): Eduardo Encina is reporting that the contract has not been finalized] Yahoo! Sports (are we the only ones that loathe the exclamation point?) is reporting that the Rays have signed Cliff Floyd to a 1-year contract with a team option in 2009. Floyd will make a base […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The Curious Case Of Syd Finch Elliot Johnson

    [THE HANGOVER] The Curious Case Of Syd Finch Elliot Johnson

    December 14, 2007 at 10:36 am 8 comments

    Tampa Bay Rays (62 days until pitchers and catchers report)Has any prospect in the Rays system fallen farther, faster than Elliot Johnson? Many had Johnson pegged to be the Rays opening day second baseman in 2008 after a strong 2006 campaign in AA Montgomery. While his numbers were not earth-shattering, […]

     
  • [STEROIDS] The Mitchell Report Is Out…No Rays On The List

    [STEROIDS] The Mitchell Report Is Out…No Rays On The List

    December 13, 2007 at 3:20 pm 6 comments

    The Mitchell Report was released today and there were no current Tampa Bay Rays named as suspected users of Performance Enhancing Drugs. Some will look at the lack of Rays on the list and exclaim that it “explains a lot”. There are several former Rays on the list, including Tim […]

     
  • [CLIFF FLOYD] The Rays Would Be A Better Offensive Team With Cliff Floyd In Place Of Delmon Young

    [CLIFF FLOYD] The Rays Would Be A Better Offensive Team With Cliff Floyd In Place Of Delmon Young

    December 13, 2007 at 11:53 am 15 comments

    Earlier today we told you that Jerry Crasnick is reporting the Tampa Bay Rays are close to signing free agent outfielder Cliff Floyd. The Rays have been in the market for a player that is a left-handed bat and could play right field and occasionally DH. With the signing of […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Grant Balfour Is Still A Member Of The Rays…For Now

    [THE HANGOVER] Grant Balfour Is Still A Member Of The Rays…For Now

    December 13, 2007 at 9:44 am 0 comments

    Tampa Bay Rays (63 days until pitchers and catchers report)The Tampa Bay Rays offered contracts to all players with less than six years of experience that did not already have a contract. While many (including this site) had speculated that Grant Balfour would be non-tendered and granted free agency, the […]

     
  • [NEW UNIFORMS] Possible Glimpse At Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Uniform To Debut In 2009

    [NEW UNIFORMS] Possible Glimpse At Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Uniform To Debut In 2009

    December 12, 2007 at 12:17 pm 11 comments

    As we mentioned earlier in the week, Joe Maddon is cooking and helping to distribute meals to local area shelters in an annual event called “Thanks-mas”. If you go to DevilRays.com, there is a front page press release covering Thanksmas, that is being run with the following picture [Ed. note: […]

     
  • [NEW STADIUM] Carlos Moncada Does Not Know The Difference Between Apples And Oranges

    [NEW STADIUM] Carlos Moncada Does Not Know The Difference Between Apples And Oranges

    December 12, 2007 at 11:00 am 1 comment

    The biggest point of concern with the new stadium proposed by the Tampa Bay Rays (outside of financing) is the parking, or lack there of, along the St. Pete Waterfront. Carlos Moncada of the Herald-Tribune tries to give his readers a glimpse of the problem by comparing the parking situation […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Minor League Affiliates Finalize Coaching Staffs

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Minor League Affiliates Finalize Coaching Staffs

    December 12, 2007 at 9:32 am 0 comments

    Tampa Bay Rays (64 days until pitchers and catchers report) DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA… Yesterday we mentioned that Ben Broussard and Miguel Olivo could be on the Rays radar if they are non-tendered by their respective teams. Eduardo Encina says that Broussard would fit, but that “at age 29 (Olivo) would […]