Articles by: Cork Gaines
 

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

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    February 19, 2015 at 10:02 am 6 comments

    It is 2015 and Major League Baseball still refuses to broadcast all Spring Training games on television. Of the Rays’ 31 spring games, only six will be televised. To make matters worse, only one of the first 20 games will be televised. Oh yay! (head hits desk). March 19 vs […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays minor leaguer is the worst drug cheat ever

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays minor leaguer is the worst drug cheat ever

    February 18, 2015 at 8:27 am 4 comments

    The Rays lead the entire universe in minor league drug suspensions in recent years. And yet, the latest might be the worst one yet. Not only did Spencer Edwards, the Rays second-round pick in the 2012 draft, get busted for using steroids, but THEY DIDN’T WORK. Here are the details. […]

     
  • ESPN’s off-season grade for the Rays: D+

    ESPN’s off-season grade for the Rays: D+

    February 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm 14 comments

    Not many in the national media think much of the Rays’ off-season moves. But the most pessimistic reaction may be the one from former Reds and Nationals general manager and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden. In his annual off-season report card, Bowden gives the Rays a “D+,” the third-worst grade […]

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

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    February 17, 2015 at 9:47 am 1 comment

    Unlike the statistical projection systems, Las Vegas is much less bullish on the Tampa Bay Rays this season. According to the online sportsbook Bovada, the Rays have an over/under win total betting line of 78.5 wins. The 78.5 win total ranks 12th in the American League and last in the […]

     
  • The Rays once again have the worst travel schedule in the AL East thanks to baseball’s idiotic division format

    The Rays once again have the worst travel schedule in the AL East thanks to baseball’s idiotic division format

    February 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm 6 comments

    The Tampa Bay Rays’ 81-game road schedule will require the team to travel 35,824 miles during the 2015 season, the 6th-most in Major League Baseball and by far the most in the AL East, according to BaseballSavant.com. Interestingly, that travel distance is up from 33,856 miles traveled during the 2014 […]

     
  • 10 days until Rays pitchers and catchers report (or maybe it is 12)

    10 days until Rays pitchers and catchers report (or maybe it is 12)

    February 11, 2015 at 10:01 am 0 comments

    We are closing in on the day when pitchers and catchers will report for the Rays, a day that many look forward to as the unofficial start to spring training. However, a couple of different dates have been mentioned which is causing some confusion. Saturday, February 21: This is the […]

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

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    February 10, 2015 at 9:14 am 4 comments

    The Rays committed $18.3 million to free agents or potential free agents this winter, less than 21 of the 29 other teams. However, that includes the $2.5 million option for Joel Peralta and the $7.5 million option for Ben Zobrist, two players who were later traded. So the real free […]

     
  • Jake Odorizzi has added 15 pounds this winter

    Jake Odorizzi has added 15 pounds this winter

    February 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm 3 comments

    Chris Archer was recently a guest on the MLB Network and he was asked about his off-season workouts. Archer spoke at length about training at the Performance Compound in Tampa. He also mentioned some of the other players who also train there and that is when he dropped this little […]

     
  • New manager expected to use more stable lineup but that may not be much different than Joe Maddon

    New manager expected to use more stable lineup but that may not be much different than Joe Maddon

    February 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm 3 comments

    We can expect the quiet, no-nonsense Kevin Cash to be a lot different from Joe Maddon with the media and in the clubhouse. However, it is unclear just how different he will be during games since much of the Rays’ gameplan is data-driven and comes from the front office. However, […]

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

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    February 9, 2015 at 10:21 am 10 comments

    Former Rays pitcher James Shields has agreed to a contract with the San Diego Padres according to several reports. The deal is reportedly worth approximately $75 million over four years with a 5th-year option. Shields was considered one of the top three free agents available and there were some early […]