Tampa Bay Newsbeat
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Kevin Kiermaier is fun to watch. For me he fits the definition of what John Manuel calls a “personal cheeseball”, a player who isn’t the most talented prospect and who’s a real longshot to have a major league career of any value, but who you’d just like to see make it.
Scouts noticed, and in a Baseball Prospectus piece from August ($), one noted that he “displays a Brett Gardner-like toolset” and “shows top-shelf speed and instincts in tracking down balls in center field.” The same scout believes he could be an everyday player in center field.
Probably everyone would’ve been surprised by that assessment a couple seasons ago. Kevin Kiermaier, starting center fielder for the Rays? With Desmond Jennings in the majors and (Mikie) Mahtook expected to be a potential option, a 31st rounder could be an everyday guy for the Rays. The tools are certainly appealing; legitimate center field defense isn’t easy to come by, his arm is solid, and he has the speed to steal some bases too. He can put bat on ball and has gap-to-gap power. He’s a left-handed bat, but he hasn’t shown any consistent splits throughout his career.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Florida Department of Transportation has cried foul over advertisements for other businesses the ball club places on its electronic billboard overlooking Interstate 275.
Under state law, signs that overlook a highway can advertise only stores and businesses at that location, unless specially permitted.
So the Rays, which has never had a permit for the sign, can use the 114-foot high billboard to advertise its ball games, events and concerts at the Trop. It can even advertise Chick-fil-A and other businesses with outlets at the stadium.
Advertisements such as one state transportation officials spotted for a local car dealership are off limits without a special permit, though, state officials say.
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