• Don Zimmer is recovering from a small stroke suffered during the holidays. While there is no such thing as a minor stroke, Zimmer’s sounds like it wasn’t that bad as far as strokes go. He never lost consciousness and he “never felt bad.” It also sounds like he is regaining all of his speech and movement…Bonus Zim image after the Webtopia.  [St. Pete Times]
  • Baseball America has not released their newest rankings of the minor league systems, but we already know that the Rays are no longer #1. This year it will be the Rangers. And the Rays won’t be #2 or #3 either, as those will go to the Marlins and the A’s. [Dallas Morning News]
  • Grant Balfour allowed only 3 home runs in 2008. Well, it is not a good sign that he has already allowed one in 2009, to an Australian Pro Rugby player, Todd Payton. Balfour threw bating practice to his favorite rugby team while vacationing down under. [Herald-Sun]
  • Ted Keith of says the AL East could be an epic race in 2009 and could be just the fourth division in the Wild Card era to feature three teams with at least 90 wins. []
  • Everybody wants to compare the rise of the Arizona Cardinals to the Tampa Bay Rays. As the favorite team of Joe Maddon we are certainly rooting for the Buzzsaw that is the Arizona Cardinals, but we hope their story has a happier ending. [St. Pete Times]
  • Jim Hickey is concerned about the intensity that Scott Kazmir, JP Howell and Grant Balfour will have to exhibit in early March by participating in the World Baseball Classic. [St. Pete Times]
  • Big League Stew wonders if Scott Kazmir made the right decision in accepting an invitation to play in the World Baseball Classic. [Big League Stew]
  • Andrew Friedman got married over the weekend in Puerto Rico. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Evan Longoria begins play in the Bob Hope Classic this week. He will be paired with Jeffrey Donovan of the show “Burn Notice”. [The Desert Sun]
  • Evan Longoria will be appearing in Upstate New York to charge $90 for autographs. Fielder’s Choice wonders if this means Dirtbag will now be less willing to sign autographs at games. Of course $90 is still a far cry from the $200 that Albert Pujols charges. [Fielder’s Choice]
  • You know the “Obamacons” have jumped the shark when somebody includes Pat Burrell in his super-duper-sexiness pose. Let’s just hope that it is not a sign that the Rays have jumped the shark. [UmpBump]
  • The Examiner previews Grant Balfour. [Examiner]
  • A new stadium for the Rays would likely feature a stop on the TBARTA train, but that it would likely not happen until 2025 when the rail is added to the Howard Frankenstein Bridge. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]
  • Matt Silverman will be the featured speaker at the 59th annual Raleigh Hot Stove League Banquet on January 27. Also in attendance will be Josh Hamilton, who will be on hand to receive an award…Awkward. [Durham Bulls]

Don Zimmer


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