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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.

RAYS 6, Yankees 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Nick Franklin. Franklin made his Rays debut and he made it a good one. He had 2 hits including a nice double into the left field corner…James Loney. The final runs of the night came on a double sac fly in which a nice diving catch Brett Gardner in center field led to both Longo scoring from third and Loney tagging up and scoring from second. Joe Girardi started to lose his mind at this point even though replay showed Loney did not leave early…Evan Longoria. Longoria drove in a run in the 7th, his 44th RBI in 55 games since the All-Star break. Longo had 44 RBI in the 97 games before the break.

THE BAD: Joe Girardi has lost his god damned mind. The Yankees have now lost 5 of their last 6 games and are all-but-eliminated from the Wild Card race and the frustration is clearly starting to set in. When Steve Geltz hit Derek Jeter in the 8th inning with absolutely ZERO INTENTION, Girardi came out and started screaming at Geltz (and possibly Evan Longoria).

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At one point Girardi had to be restrained by three people. Even the Yankees announcers knew there was no intent and said this scene was just frustration boiled over.

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The problem is, whether it was ordered or David Phelps was acting on his own, Phelps then threw at Kevin Kiermaier on purpose and then puffed out his chest like a tough guy when players started yelling at him. Sean Rodriguez in particular was heated, leading to this funny scene which may be the best work Derek Shelton has done with Rodriguez in years.

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THE TELLING: The Baltimore Orioles clinched the AL East last night…The Rays have now won 7 of their last 11 games and need to go 7-3 in their final ten games to finish .500.


  • In a pre-game celebration, the Rays gave Derek Jeter a pinstriped kayak, a framed Don Zimmer jersey, and $16,000 for his charity foundation ($50 for every hit he has picked up against the Rays). [Big League Stew]
  • If you missed it in the Tailgating post yesterday, there was a cute moment with an elderly fan during Monday’s game. [BI Sports]
  • Matt Silverman answered some questions from fans while sitting hunched over a laptop on a coffee table. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • Gary Shelton says there is little hope for the 2015 Rays. [TampaBay.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]




  1. Kleesprings says:

    The article by Shelton was awful. Part of being a sports fan is hoping for next year if this year didn't pan out. There would be NO Cubs fans anywhere if there wasn't that hope. They have it on opening day- it disappears soon after.

    Yes, this season was awful for the Rays but they are still had some good moments. I am excited for next season- hope everyone else is too.

  2. Lane Meyer says:

    Shelton is a buffoon as usual. He tries so hard to look like he's not a homer that he ends up looking uninformed. Maddon sees the same thing most knowledgeable fans see. This team underachieved in many ways this year. The defense underperformed for most of the year, many of the hitters had either injuries or sub-par years which affected the Rays season. The bullpen was horrible early in the year and did not settle until a few people were released and Balfour was no longer the closer and even then had a number of meltdowns. Even the starters all had awful outings at times. WIth Moore back, Myers healthy, Zobrist back to normal stats, and the addition of players like Franklin and Kiermaier to the daily lineup, this team could certainly compete next year.

    • OriginalTom says:

      My favorite example of what you are saying about Shelton is the 2002 Buc's opener. They lost to the Saints in overtime. It was Gruden's first game and in the post game presser Gruden is lamenting bad breaks, bad plays, we are a better team than this blah, blah , blah the usual. Shelton's column Monday is about how they are as bad as they looked and they are not a good team. Of course, they ended up winning the Super Bowl.

  3. Dave L says:

    Sounds like Shelton was channelling Gus and Jim

    Shelton asks "Even if you have a reasonable amount of hope, how do you see things getting significantly better?"

    Answer: Easy

    Start by not losing 3/5ths of our rotation to start the season and our hitters just performing like 2013 not 2014.

    If we keep the 7 best potential starters current under control until April 2015 we can expect 5 to be healthy to start the season. to prevent repeating the first bad scenario.

  4. starmand says:

    I, for one, do not believe that Mr. Shelton's scenario is as dire as it seems to be. Actually, if the numbers are crunched, next year's team can be better and less expensive.

    First. Hire a veteran player that has been through thick and thin. He can be the presence in the clubhouse, providing support and guidance to the rest, new and old. Percival comes to mind. And the one who took BJ under his wing. Don't remember his name now.

    Second. If tough choices have to be made, my opinion is to select players making acceptable money. Kiermaier, Guyer, Franklin, Yates, etc.

    I do believe that Zobrist might be traded. Unfortunately. S. Rodriguez, M. Joyce, C. Ramos, B. Gomes, J. Peralta are gone. Perhaps someone else I can't think of now.

    There's no reason to keep six outfielders in the team. Trade Jennings. There's no reason to keep three catchers in the team. So, I'll say it now. J. Molina should be taken out of the roster. Give him a coaching position, special advisor, whatever. Casali could use that knowledge but if push comes to shove, Hanigan can do it.

    A bullpen of Colome, Borxberger, Beliveau, McGee, Yates, Karns and oh yes, Balfour ain't nothing to sneeze at. Unless Balfour catches the dreaded flu.

    Starting rotation. Cobb is an ace. Archer, Odorizzi, Smyly. Most teams would hire Shayetet 13 to secure those four. Then Colome, Karns, mix-n-match until Moore returns. Hellickson, I believe, has run its course.

    A big opportune bat. Besides N. Franklin. Yes, N. Franklin. Not homers, liners. Someone could be out there. As to homers, one who can hopefully that can hit 20-25. Make him a full-time DH. No more musical chairs.

    If Zobrist and Jennings are traded, the OF could look like this. De Jesus/Guyer LF. Kiermaier CF. Myers RF.

    The infield. Longoria, Escobar, Franklin, Loney.

    Zobrist is the key. And he could plausibly stay for one more year. I'd like to see him in a Rays uniform next year. Because of his versatility, he could actually play 150-155 games by switching positions.

    But what do I know?

    • starmand says:

      It just sounds sensical...

      One more thing. Hire Mr. Henry on a full-time basis as a "Special Weather and Power Supply Advisor".

      Just in case slumps and injuries take their toll. Insert rolling-eyes smily here.

  5. casey says:

    Get rid of escobar and peralta....whatever else happens we will be fine

    • starmand says:

      Sure. Trade Escobar and with the savings pay Zobrist.

      Unless the Rays FO thinks that they can get more for Zobrist than for Escobar. Which is not mind-numbing.

      I sense that the Rays might want to turn N. Franklin into a super-UT guy. Hope I'm wrong.

      I really doubt that Peralta's option will be picked-up by the Rays.

    • STARMAND says:


      Good talking to you gain, Casey.

  6. Chris says:

    I thought Ellsbury made the catch that resulted in the two-run sac-fly?

  7. Mark Wolff says:

    Derek Shelton was wrestling with Sean Rodriguez with no fear because thanks to his coaching he knows Sean can't hit a right hander.


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