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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Column: Penny-pinching Rays manage to keep up with big boys

They play in an architectural nightmare of a ballpark.

They are treated like pariahs in their own community.

They have to get by with one of baseball’s stingiest payrolls.

Yet, somehow, the Tampa Bay Rays make it work.

Point of order! In an environment where half the teams at any given time seem no longer to be trying to win, “penny-pinching” is no longer meaningful as a description!

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: May 18, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5843376)
They are treated like pariahs in their own community.

Are "they" the Tampa area, or MLB?
   2. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: May 18, 2019 at 12:50 PM (#5843379)
Are "they" the Tampa area, or MLB?


"They" are the Rays. I think you're asking about the "community" which I think refers to Tampa
   3. Walt Davis Posted: May 18, 2019 at 06:49 PM (#5843437)
God bless the Rays that, for more than a decade now, they have gone the A's route and insisted on competing despite limited resources rather than going the Marlins route. Things looked bad in 2016 at 68-94 but (looking back at b-r) even that was a solid team that was 9(!) games under their pythag with a 100 OPS+ and 96 ERA+.

And (1) I over-reacted to the 2017-18 offseason moves. I still don't really understand them -- it was trade off a reasonably-priced solid player for not very much while then signing/acquiring an essentially equivalent player but it worked out OK.

This year's team is either a massive stroke of good luck so far or some brilliant GM'ing. They're getting good-excellent production out of players other teams had pretty much failed with -- Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz, Tommy PHam, Avisail Garcia, Austin Meadows. Charlie Morton is dominating, whtever the secret code to Glasnow was, they seem to have cracked it, they're using only 4 SPs, their bullpen is putting up amazing numbers and the TEAM H/9 is under 7!
   4. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: May 20, 2019 at 07:28 PM (#5844003)
They play in an architectural nightmare of a ballpark.

They are treated like pariahs in their own community.

They have to get by with one of baseball’s stingiest payrolls.

Yet, somehow, the Tampa Bay Rays make it work.


Worst poem ever. Hell, it doesn't even rhyme...!
   5. PreservedFish Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:41 PM (#5844023)
pariahs in their own community.

Is this redundant?
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 20, 2019 at 10:49 PM (#5844055)
They seem to do two things well. Acquire undervalued players. Help players reach their ceiling, or maybe their 75th percentile.

   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 21, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5844120)
The Rays seem to understand the value of average players. Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia are never going to win MVPs, but they were more or less freely available, and they're a whale of a lot better than the Ian Desmonds of the world.

If you can stock your lineup with average players, then add a Brandon Lowe and a Blake Snell, all of a sudden you're a contender.

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