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Thursday, October 19, 2017

TBO: Trop Flop Brings Hillsborough Hunt

The devil is always lost in the details.

But broadening the hunt at this point — 22 months after St. Petersburg allowed the Rays to search for a new home away from Tropicana Field — can only be seen as a step backward for an effort many hoped would have been wrapped up by now.

Hagan once expressed optimism he could announce Tampa’s preferred stadium location at the start of 2017. Now it’s unclear if anything will be formalized by the end of this year.

The window for the Rays search closes in January 2019. Rays spokeswoman Rafaela Amador declined to comment.

[H/T to D-Rays Bay blog]

fra paolo Posted: October 19, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, ballparks, rays, stadium deals, stadiums

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Without Rays’ leap, Joe Maddon’s way might not have made it to Chicago - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“The two things that were most important to us, with the young team that we had, was someone with an extensive player development background as well as someone who was intellectually curious,” Friedman recalled this week from Los Angeles, where he is now the president of the Dodgers. “As far as what we were looking for at that point in time, Joe fit it to a T. He checked all the boxes on paper, and even more so when we sat down and had a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rays

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Traina: Evan Longoria reveals his top food pet peeve

When pennant dreams fade, sports bar owner Evan dreams of sushi.

“I love sushi,” Longoria said. “Sushi is one of my favorite things to eat. I hate when people slather their sushi with Sriracha. I used to do it just after college and I didn’t know how to eat sushi, so it was like, “I’m gonna eat this fish, but I’m just gonna put Sriracha all over it and it’ll taste like Sriracha.”

He continued, “But now you go to these nice places, there’s a place [in New York] that started in Boston called O Ya, and it’s one of my favorite sushi places. They sauce it for you, the fish is unbelievable, It doesn’t need anything else. So that’s my biggest pet peeve. I love Sriracha don’t get me wrong. I think it fits well with what it fits with.”

Greg Franklin Posted: September 14, 2017 at 01:39 AM | 179 comment(s)
  Beats: food, rays

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

As storm clears, Rays focus turns back to baseball | Tampa Bay Times

But they had a lot more important things to be relieved about, principally that with Hurricane Irma largely sparing the Tampa Bay area, their houses, families and friends all said to be safe.

Plus, they are likely to head home after Wednesday’s game to host the Red Sox as planned this weekend at the Trop.

A final decision is expected today, but after determining there was no major damage or flooding at the Trop and talking with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman about staffing and public safety concerns, Rays president Brian Auld said he was “optimistic” the team will be able to play the Sox as planned starting Friday. The biggest hurdle may be whether traffic lights in the area are back on line.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Rays’ Archer cites forearm tightness upon leaving game vs. White Sox

CHICAGO—Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer left the game against the Chicago White Sox due to right lateral forearm tightness after giving up back-to-back home runs without recording an out in the first inning of his start Saturday night.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2017 at 12:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, ow, ow my arm, rays, tampa bay

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Snell Is On the Outs | The Process Report

Blake Snell is in desperate need for some form of success and perhaps he can temporarily find that in the majors upon his return working in relief against lefties. For all of his issues this season, he has been quite effective against lefties limiting them to just two extra base hits in 48 plate appearances. The long-term plan for Snell needs to include better command of his pitches so he can get to the higher ground in the matchup sooner and pitch to both sides of the plate with his his fastball. Announce his presence with authority or hit the bull, something like that because the current book on Snell is out and it is a very easy read for opposing hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blake snell, rays

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Cash Considerations: Did Kevin Cash just “white flag” a 1-0 game? - DRaysBay

Something for our Rays fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Monday, July 31, 2017

Orioles trade for infielder Tim Beckham | MLB.com

Why, why, why??

Infielder Tim Beckham has been traded by the Rays to the Orioles for young right-hander Tobia Myers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, rays, tim beckham

Renegades’ McKay showcases arm | MiLB.com News

McKay gets some time on the mound.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Spending a day in a baseball beat writer’s shoes | Tampa Bay Times

No, Marc does not get free tickets. No, the food in the press box isn’t free (and it isn’t always that tasty). No, he’s not buddies with the players. In fact, like any good journalist, Marc does not care about the outcome. He’s there as an extension of the readers, explaining what is happening and why, even if it means he occasionally gets the stink eye from players, the front office and even fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, rays

Thursday, July 27, 2017

MLBTR: Rays To Acquire Lucas Duda

The Duda now abides in St. Pete.

Though the Rays have their own breakout offensive performer at first in Logan Morrison, the team has room for another big left-handed bat. With outfielder Colby Rasmus hanging up his spikes mid-way through the year, the Rays could utilize Corey Dickerson in the outfield to allow Duda to step in at DH.

Smith, 23, was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. He made his way to the Rays as the player to be named later in the winter deal that sent Mikie Mahtook to the Tigers. It seems he could be a contributor in New York as soon as the present season, though the Mets likely won’t be in a rush to add him to the 40-man roster.

With a big fastball and quality curve, Smith looks as if he could turn into a steady and affordable MLB relief asset. The MLB.com prospect team ranked him 30th on the Tampa Bay farm, noting that his upside is as a setup arm. Smith threw 28 2/3 innings of 2.20 ERA ball at the High-A level upon landing with the Rays organization and recently ascended to Triple-A after a quick stop at the penultimate level of the minors.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 27, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets, rays, trade, trade deadline

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rays have the ultimate troll for visiting managers

In most visiting clubhouses, there’s not much personality. Bare walls, basic necessities, nothing to make the place feel like home. A manager’s office might feel like an empty box, devoid of any warmth. And why not, it’s not up to the home team to make the visitors feel too welcome.

The Rays decided to shake things up by providing a little art on the walls of the visiting manager’s office, a way to make managers feel right at home.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Friday, July 21, 2017

Steven Souza Jr. blames state of Athletics’ field for hip injury

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is blaming the field conditions at the Oakland Athletics’ O.co Coliseum for a left hip injury that knocked him out of Wednesday’s game.

“I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base,” Souza said after the Rays’ 7-2 loss. “My leg got stuck in the ground, and I just kind of felt a jump in my hip. That didn’t feel very great.”...

“I don’t know how it got real muddy out there, but it was not OK,” Souza told reporters. “I’ve never actually slid into a major league base like that and stuck and felt like I was going deeper in the ground.”

The A’s have played at the Coliseum since 1968. The stadium has had other notable issues in recent years, most memorably when sewage backed up into the home and visiting clubhouses.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 04:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rays, stephen souza

Watch Brendan McKay crush his first homerun in the Rays system - DRaysBay

Brendan McKay is slated to pitch his first outing this weekend, and will be on a 30-inning limit this summer after heavy use on the mound at Louisville in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Colby Rasmus to ‘Step Away’ from MLB, Placed on Restricted List by Rays

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus is taking a leave of absence from Major League Baseball.

The Rays announced Thursday that they’ve placed Rasmus on the restricted list and released a statement in support of his decision:

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rasmus is not expected to return during the 2017 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 13, 2017 at 04:09 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: colby rasmus, rays

Friday, July 07, 2017

What to Make of Mallex Smith | The Process Report

Breaking down Mallex Smith.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2017 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mallex smith, rays

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Logan Morrison isn’t happy about MLB inviting Gary Sanchez to the Home Run Derby

Rays 1B Logan Morrison criticized MLB’s decision to include Yankees C Gary Sanchez in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

“Gary shouldn’t be there,’’ Morrison said. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”

Morrison has a pretty good case to be included, with 24 homers that, going into play Tuesday, ranked second most in the majors. Sanchez, who joins teammate Aaron Judge among the four AL players in the eight-man field, had 13 homers.

“I remember when I had 14 home runs,’’ Morrison said. “That was a month and a half ago.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2017 at 01:06 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, home run derby, logan morrison, rays, yankees

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

No. 4 pick Brendan McKay gets record bonus from Rays

University of Louisville pitcher-first baseman Brendan McKay, the fourth overall pick in the MLB first-year player draft, has signed with the Tampa Bay Rays for a record-setting bonus of $7,007,500.

McKay’s bonus is the highest since baseball’s current draft signing system went into effect in 2012. It surpasses the recent $7 million bonus received by Vanderbilt pitcher and Atlanta Braves first-round pick Kyle Wright, who broke the previous high of $6,708,400 established by Kris Bryant with the Chicago Cubs in 2013.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2017 at 10:44 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, rays

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rays To Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria

The Rays and Marlins have agreed to a trade that will send shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Miami to Tampa Bay, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (on Twitter). The Rays will send outfielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark to the Marlins in return. The Rays will pay the remainder of Hechavarria’s salary, according to Spencer.

Hechavarria, 27, has been out for more than a month due to a strained oblique muscle but is ready to return to the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 03:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adeiny hechaverria, marlins, rays

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday’s 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after suffering a right knee injury while playing for the Nationals.

“I feel so comfortable, really good moving behind the plate,” Ramos said. “Right now I feel very good and ready to play, ready to get activated.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2017 at 01:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, rays, wilson ramos

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rays Select Brendan McKay, Will Allow Him To Pursue Hitting and Pitching

“We were thrilled to select Brendan McKay as our fourth overall pick. This is a very rare talent, a player as a position player and as a pitcher warranted top of the draft consideration.” Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations said. “At pick four, you never know how things are going to go ahead of you, but all we can say is that we our staff is thrilled to have selected him and hopefully have him in our organization.”

Although he was announced as a first baseman on MLB Network, Erik Neander confirmed that the organization was going to allow him to pursue his path as both a pitcher and a hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Friday, June 09, 2017

Rays Kevin Kiermaier to be out two months with fracture

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier will be sidelined for at least two months after tests showed a hairline fracture in the hip area.

Kiermaier will need 6-8 weeks for the fracture to head and then work his way back into baseball shape, returning, at the earliest, sometime in August.

“He’s going to be out a while,’’ manager Kevin Cash said.


Mallex Smith has been called up from Triple-A Durham and will take over as the primary centerfielder.

“He’s going to get his chance,’’ Cash said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2017 at 12:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin kiermaier, rays

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

MLB investigating abuse allegations leveled against Rays’ Derek Norris by ex-fiancée

Major League Baseball is investigating allegations by Derek Norris’ former fiancée that the Tampa Bay Rays catcher “physically and mentally abused’’ her during their relationship, league spokesman Pat Courtney told ESPN.com on Tuesday night.

Kristen Eck made the charges in an Instagram post in which she described being abused by “the man I thought I was going to marry’’ before leaving him a year ago with no access to a car and $300 to her name. She did not specifically refer to Norris by name in the post, but a 2015 interview she did with MLB Central identified her as Norris’ fiancée.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2017 at 09:45 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, domestic abuse, rays

Thursday, June 01, 2017

#LaunchMo

Does this mean he’s actually good because of a mechanical change or is it small sample size theater?

The added loft to his swing is allowing him to drive the ball to and over the fence. Morrison’s average launch angle from 2015 through 2016 was between 10.7 and 12.1% with his average batted ball distance between 172 and 175 feet. So far in 2017, his average launch angle is 15.1% and his average batted ball distance is up 50 feet from last season to 215 feet. His 18 Barrels leads the club and his bat is a big part of the team’s offensive production in May.

The guy many wanted gone last May and were perplexed when the team brought him back for the 2017 season has in fact become the middle of the lineup bat the team has searched for at first base for far too long. How he can maintain this new approach and level of production will be critical to the club’s future success as the scheduling gods finally turn the Rays’ way both in terms of strength of schedule and days off. Sometimes, it is the moves that a team does not make that end up being the best move. The decision to bring back Morrison while not overpaying for Carter nor Napoli, to date, is looking like one of the best moves of the offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: logan morrison, rays

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