Grant Balfour

  • [JONNY TERRIFIC] Jonny Gomes Non-Tendered By Rays, Now A Free Agent

    [JONNY TERRIFIC] Jonny Gomes Non-Tendered By Rays, Now A Free Agent

    December 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm 12 comments

    Marc Topkin is reporting that Jonny Gomes has been non-tendered by the Rays and is now a free agent. The Rays did offer arbitration to the remaining five players that were arbitration-eligible (Willy Aybar, Grant Balfour, Jason Bartlett, Gabe Gross, Dioner Navarro). With the Rays offering Gross arbitration, it suggests […]

     
  • [THE MAD AUSTRALIAN] Balfour To Use WBC Participation As Chip During Contract Negotiations

    [THE MAD AUSTRALIAN] Balfour To Use WBC Participation As Chip During Contract Negotiations

    December 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

    A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the toll of the 2008 season on the Rays’ pitching staff. The Rays have already tightened the reigns on the pitchers this off-season, several of whom will have delayed 2009 debuts in spring training. One event that could derail the […]

     
  • [TROY PERCIVAL] Percival Not As Bad In ’08 As You Might Think

    [TROY PERCIVAL] Percival Not As Bad In ’08 As You Might Think

    November 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm 2 comments

    Yesterday we linked to a story by Joe Posnanski in which he rated managers on their decisions to intentionally walk batters and how often it comes back to bite the manager in the butt (If you missed it, the short version is Posnanski finally found something Papa Joe sucks at). […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Joe Resnick Knows Little About Rays, Still Pens Column

    [THE HANGOVER] Joe Resnick Knows Little About Rays, Still Pens Column

    November 6, 2008 at 9:46 am 16 comments

    Joe Resnick talked to Joe Maddon at the GM meetings about his upcoming honeymoon and about the Rays offseason plans. Joe Resnick didn’t do his homework. A couple of the idiotic things written by Resnick: “The Rays’ top priorities are to settle their bullpen, find a regular right fielder and […]

     
  • [WORLD SERIES] Continuation Of Game 5 Postponed

    [WORLD SERIES] Continuation Of Game 5 Postponed

    October 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm 6 comments

    The St. Pete Times is reporting that Major League Baseball has already postponed tonight’s continuation of game 5. According to the press release from MLB, the game is tentatively scheduled for 8:37pm tomorrow (Wednesday). Don’t think Fox TV’s desire to keep “House M.D.” from being postponed was not a factor […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays 3.5 Innings From Regaining Homefield Advantage

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays 3.5 Innings From Regaining Homefield Advantage

    October 28, 2008 at 8:43 am 13 comments

    Click on above images to be taken to full standings, box scores or schedule… THE GOOD: No more Cole Hamels. The Rays are now 3 and a half innings away from sending the series back to the Trop and regaining home field advantage. And with last’s night game being suspended, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Grant Balfour One Of Most Dominating Relievers In History Of Baseball

    [THE HANGOVER] Grant Balfour One Of Most Dominating Relievers In History Of Baseball

    October 16, 2008 at 9:51 am 0 comments

    Click on above images to be taken to full standings, box scores or schedule… How good was The Mad Australian this season? Grant Balfour put up some sick numbers this season. In 58.1 innings, Balfour allowed only 28 hits and 24 walks while striking out 82. He pitched to a […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Silence Doubters Once Again With Win #100, Win ALDS

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Silence Doubters Once Again With Win #100, Win ALDS

    October 7, 2008 at 9:49 am 4 comments

    Click on above images to be taken to full standings, box scores or schedule… THE GOOD: Andy Sonnanstine. Sonny versus Edwin Jackson? Game, Set, Match. Is there any doubt that Sonnanstine will be in rotation in ’09 now? In the last month, The Duke has faced 3 crucial starts, 2 […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Maddon Still Undecided About RF And DH For Game 2

    [THE HANGOVER] Maddon Still Undecided About RF And DH For Game 2

    October 3, 2008 at 10:04 am 4 comments

    Click on above images to be taken to full standings, boxscores or schedule… Best and most telling quote we have read yet about the Rays first playoff game comes from Her Rays: You know what was really refreshing about this game. It was the playoffs and the Rays still looked […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Jackson May Have Pitched Way Out Of A Post-Season Start

    [THE HANGOVER] Jackson May Have Pitched Way Out Of A Post-Season Start

    September 25, 2008 at 9:19 am 0 comments

    Click on above images to be taken to full standings, boxscores or schedule… THE GOOD: 3 more bases loaded walks. This is starting to get ridiculous. That is now 24 on the season which leads all baseball, to go with 4 hit batters in the same situation. The Rays now […]