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Rays Index is the premiere independent sports blog that covers The Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball club as well as their minor league affiliates.

Rays Index was:

  • …a recipient of a “2011 Best of the Bay” award. [September, 2011]
  • …the subject of a cover story in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. [July 15, 2010]
  • …mentioned in the Sports Illustrated “2007 Baseball Preview”. [March 26, 2007]

In addition to regular radio and television appearances by Cork Gaines, Rays Index

  • has been referenced on the New York Times website. [NYTimes.com]
  • has been referenced in seven stories and quoted twice in columns on ESPN.com
    • “Spring brings all sorts of new MLB looks” [ESPN]
    • “Defending the W’s” [ESPN]
    • “Wednesday Wangdoodles” [ESPN]
    • “Monday Mendozas” [ESPN]
    • “Rays should pursue some good will” [ESPN]
    • “Why the Rays should avoid Bonds” [ESPN]
    • “Same old PED story” [ESPN]
  • has been referenced in numerous stories for the St. Pete Times including:
    • ESPN blogger/host Berthiaume: Tampa Bay Rays ‘must be moved’ [St. Pete Times]
    • Shooting from the lip [St. Pete Times]
    • “For Rays, it’s the day after” [St. Pete Times]
    • “Gabe Kapler fits several needs for Tampa Bay Rays” [St. Pete Times]
    • “Tampa Bay Rays Tales: Don’t mess with Zorilla” [St. Pete Times]
    • “Just a taste of the majors would make hard work worth it for Tampa Bay Rays’ Weber” [St. Pete Times]
  • has been referenced on the preeminent sport blog The Big Lead more than 20 times, including:
    • “Troy Percival Will Not Sit Idly As You Steal a Foul Ball From One of His Teammates” [The Big Lead]
    • “JC Romero Tested Positive Twice for a Banned Substance and Still Pitched in the World Series? Of Course the Phillies Title is Tainted” [The Big Lead]
    • “Taking Keyshawn and Scoop Jackson Down a Peg” [The Big Lead]
    • “Do You Understand The Words That Are Coming Out Of Carl Crawford’s Mouth?” [The Big Lead]
    • “A Reason Besides Scott Kazmir to Like the Devil Rays” [The Big Lead]
    • “Round 8: Blog vs. Newspaper” [The Big Lead]
  • has been referenced on Deadspin.com, more than 30 times, including:
    • “Be Sure Your Child Wears Earmuffs If Troy Percival Approaches Your Section” [Deadspin]
    • “Scoop Jackson’s Column Continues to Offend; Jason Whitlock Demands Swift Editorial Execution” [Deadspin]
    • “How are Mets fans dealing with the Scott Kazmir extension?” [Deadspin]
    • “Baseball Season Preview: Tampa Bay Devil Rays” [Deadspin]
    • “Wait, Who’s Teaching Whom Here?” [Deadspin]
    • “The Devil Rays Suddenly Have A Fan” [Deadspin]
    • “Delmon Young…Still A Dick” [Deadspin]
    • “The Delmon Young Bat Flip-Out” [Deadspin]

Cork Gaines, the lead writer for Rays Index, is a co-author of “The Hardball Times 2007 Season Preview,” “The Hardball Times Season Preview 2008” and “The Hardball Times Season Preview 2009

Cork Gaines is a regular contributor at BusinessInsider.com and formerly was a regular contributor at MLB Trade Rumors. He has appeared as a guest writer on Yahoo! Sports, Deadspin and The Hardball Times.

Cork Gaines was named the recipient of the “2006 David Bloom Award