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  • 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 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 […]

     
  • 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, […]

     
  • [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 28, 2015 at 10:19 am 2 comments

    24 Days until pitchers and catchers report! THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… Broadcaster Dewayne Staats broke some ribs in a boating accident. [TampaBay.com] The Rays and the city of St. Pete are once again negotiating. [MyFoxTampaBay.com] Hillsborough County has hired a law firm with “extensive ties to Major League Baseball.” [TampaBay.com] […]

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

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 26, 2015 at 9:36 am 6 comments

    Below is a video on Rays’ catching prospect Justin O’Conner, taken with the 31st pick of the first round in 2010. O’Conner started to finally show promise with the bat in 2014. But more importantly, O’Conner is still considered a top-flight defensive prospect and has one of the best throwing […]

     
  • Tampa Bay Rays Projected To Win 83 Games And Finish Third In The AL East

    Tampa Bay Rays Projected To Win 83 Games And Finish Third In The AL East

    January 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm 7 comments

    After the Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar trade, the Rays are now projected to finish the 2015 season with an 83-79 record according to Fangraphs.com. Based on the full projected standings, the Rays are the third-best team in the AL East. However, the Blue Jays, Rays, and Yankees have nearly […]

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

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays Fans Need To Know Today

    January 8, 2015 at 10:03 am 0 comments

    The most important thing to know today is that there are now just 49 days until pitchers and catchers report. Prior to that is the Rays’ Winter Development Program, which kicks off next week and will see a select group of minor leaguers working out for a few days at […]

     
  • Rays Lose Catching Prospect With 1st Pick In Rule 5 Draft

    Rays Lose Catching Prospect With 1st Pick In Rule 5 Draft

    December 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm 4 comments

    Rays minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick of the Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 draft is designed to protect players who may be “stuck” in one team’s farm system. If a player has been in the minors for a certain […]

     
  • Kevin Cash Talks To The MLB Network As Manager Of The Tampa Bay Rays

    Kevin Cash Talks To The MLB Network As Manager Of The Tampa Bay Rays

    December 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm 4 comments

    Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Shortly after the announcement, he appeared on the MLB Network to talk about his new gig. There is not a lot of substance here. It is mostly just Cash saying how great it is and how excited he is. […]