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The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

No GBT today. We’ll be back tomorrow with our regular allotment of shenanigans.


  • Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo has been named as a coach for the Future’s game during All-Star weekend. [WRAL]
  • Several people have pointed us to this piece about Sam Fuld in New Yorker. We haven’t read it yet because it is subscriber-only for the online version, but it looks good. [New Yorker]
  • TAUNTR even made a video to go along with the piece about Sam Fuld. It is a preview for a fictional Lifetime movie. [TAUNTR]
  • Brandon Guyer talks to his hometown paper about his cup of coffee with the Rays, getting drafted, and how he met his Emmy Award-winning wife. [Fairfax Times]
  • Matt Joyce is the 16th player from Hillsborough County named to an All-Star team. [Rays Report]
  • Sounds like the Mets are leaning towards keeping Jose Reyes. Not that the Rays would have ever given up any decent prospects for him. [NY Post]
  • What are the Bucs top priorities in free agency? [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • A brief look back at the decision to choose Rocco Baldelli in the 2000 draft. [Pawtucket Times]


  • Gwinnett 11, DURHAM 3: Dirk Hayhurst gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings on 11 hits. He struck out 4 and walked none…RF Desmond Jennings went 2-4 with a walk…CF Brandon Guyer was 0-4…C Jose Lobaton had a double and a walk and drove in a run.
  • MONTGOMERY 10, Tennessee 1: Jim Paduch struck out 9 and walked just 1 in 7 shutout innings. He gave up 2 hits…SS Tim Beckham was 0-3 with a walk…LF Stephen Vogt went 2-5 and is hitting .302…DH Cole Figueroa had 3 singles and drove in 3 runs.
  • Jupiter 4, CHARLOTTE 1: Alex Koronis allowed 2 runs in 5 innings. His ERA is now 4.12…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-4 including his 3rd home run…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Great Lakes 8, BOWLING GREEN 6: SS Derek Dietrich went 0-5 with 2 Ks…LF Nick Schwaner had 4 hits including his 7th home run.
  • HUDSON VALLEY 6, Aberdeen 0: Jason McEachern tossed 6 shutout innings with 5 Ks and no walks…1B Jeff Malm hit his 4th home run.
  • PRINCETON 5, Bluefield 4: RF Drew Vettleson homered. It was his first home run as a pro. He finished 1-4.

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  1. Sarah says:

    It's the hats.

    Maybe I'm imagining it, but it seems to me that whenever the Rays play on one of these holidays where MLB makes them use pink bats or wear funny caps, the Rays lose -- and lose in a humiliating fashion.


    • Hal says:

      I'd love to know what our record is in silly hats. We suck in silly hats. Shoppach is hitting .168. .168!!! And his defense is below average. I'm sure he's a swell guy - but .168 half way through the season!? Lobaton could not do worse - it's impossible.

    • Alex says:

      I'm glad I'm not the only one that has noticed this. Every single time we wear those stupid gas station hats we get humiliated.

    • Scot says:

      Sarah asks, "Coincidence?"

      Magic Ball says, "I think not!"

      (Refer to )

      Magic Ball further reveals, "If you think that the coloring of the stitching of outerwear on a member on the Homo sapiens species has a significant effect on the behavior of individual, then you might as well follow the random displays of a water filled plastic ball manufactured in a large factory outside of the United States."

  2. Don says:

    WHats the use commenting on a disaster....
    BUT if the Rays (MAddon) wants runs driven in....WHY is Upton(.230) LOngo (.240) and guys like Rugg hitting Early in the order and Kotch(.348) hitting 6th...3rd or4th for Kotch and the Rays score in the 1st..
    GO figure?

  3. Beth says:

    I also recommend the Sam Fuld profile in the New Yorker -- if you don't have a subscription, go to your local library where they most likely have it in hard copy.

    Six full pages of national coverage on the Rays and only one, very brief reference to attendance problems? Unbelievable.

  4. Des from Durham says:

    This team is hopeless against lefties. The Super 2 Date has passed. What is the Rays' excuse this week why me and Guyer aren't in the majors? Ruggiano's at bats are wasted at bats for this organization (in terms of both development and this year). Ruggs and Fuld and Johnson are nice guys, but they are at the peak of their "powers" -- they are replacement level players at best. Those at bats should be mine or Guyer's at bats (or both, if you move Zobrist to onfield full time and send Elliot Johnson back here).

  5. Raysfan137 says:

    Has anyone done a recent statistical look at our situational hitting ? A couple of season ticket holders in my section and I were talking about how certain situations (e.g. 2nd and 3rd with 1 or 0 outs, bases loaded 1 out, 1st and 3rd 1 out) seem to turn into no out situations for us this year. Last year we were frustrated about the low batting averages, but kept hearing about how we were in the top 3 in runs. Not so this year. But also seems like we're not employing situational strategies this year(e.g. safety squeeze seemed like a nightly occurrence in the past). This year, it seems like Maddon is trying to let the bats work and turn some of those into big innings. But most of them are turning into missed opportunities and losses. Again, none of this is statistical, just based upon observation and perception. Keep going back to the Oct 2009 article that said Derek Shelton was brining situational hitting. I think the status backed that a little last year over 2009. This year we seem to be horrible at it.

  6. Alex says:

    This team has had a problem for years with bases loaded. They always try to be the hero rather than hitting their pitch. Also we have to lead the league in not driving guys in when they are on 2nd or 3rd with no outs. This can be attributed to not only the numerous low batting averages, but also the extreme number of strike outs.

    This is the unfortunate thing about this team. Look at a team like the Yankees and Red Soxs. The reason they continue to win no matter who is injured is because they have hitters who don't strike out 150+ times all over their line ups. They have professional hitters who hit to the situation. The Rays will probably never get there because we will always have young guys. They always try to be a hero. Damon is the only player we have that hits to the situation. He's more concerned about moving guys over or putting the ball in play rather than hitting a homer

    • Sarah says:

      True -- and when a player comes up with less than two outs and a runner on third and strikes out or pops up, it makes me nuts. I've also noticed that both Damon and Kotchman are the ones who often seem to find someway to squeeze a ball through the infield, so I agree with you that some hitters seem to be able to make these adjustments.

      But the big rally killers yesterday were double play balls. How easily can you really avoid hitting a double play ball with bases loaded? A hard hit grounder can either be a run-scoring single, or an inning ending double play, depending on its trajectory. Can even a good hitter really avoid that ground ball in that situation?

      • raysfan137 says:

        Of course sometimes it's just going to happen, a good pitch entices a GIDP. But I don't see people trying lift fly balls to get RBIs. They're either swinging for the fence (pop-up or K) or GIDP. Good RBI guys seem to know how to look for a pitch to elevate to get RBIs. I agree with the comments that youthfulness plays into this. But it is so rampant a problem that I see no signs of coaches trying to work them out of it. Again, last year we used bunt strategies a lot. Last night again, I'm not sure why when Fuld gets on we don't have Sean Rod bunt the tying run over, esp late in the game. This takes a lot of pressure off of the next batter (just need a base hit, no double play threat, etc.). This is what you do with young teams, you play small ball a lot. We don't even seem to be trying those strategies as compared to last year. Again, IMO, not based upon stats but recurring observations.


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