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More thoughts on the departure of Kelly Nash and putting things in proper perspective

Yesterday I made a comment on Emily Austen, the Rays’ new in-game reporter that angered some people. Here is the comment: She’s good and seems like a solid choice. Personality-wise, she seems much more like Laura McKeeman than Kelly Nash. Nash was good, but she never seemed like she was […]
Rays Index Mar 27, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

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 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Emily Austen (above) made her debut as the Rays’ new in-game reporter. I had seen a little bit of […]
DRaysBay Mar 27, 2015

Chris Archer named Opening Day starter

Chris Archer has been named Opening Day starter for the Rays, something that needs formalized from a press perspective and is an incredible honor for any pitcher, but if you watched yesterday's broadcast Archer wasn't jumping for joy. He knows this was Alex Cobb's mantle. He is thankful for the recognition, ready to win games for this team and step up, but also not boisterous about it. Your browser does not support iframes. He encourages all to wear their stripes, which has become the Archer motif to match the socks he wears on the mound. To rise up. "I'm excited for sure," said Archer....
Rays Index Mar 26, 2015

Evan Longoria has a new ad campaign promoting everything and it is great

New Balance has released a new long-form commercial featuring Evan Longoria along with Olympian Emma Coburn and ESPN host Scott Van Pelt. While the commercial is for New Balance, it also gives a huge plug to ESPN and SportsCenter and the print version of the ad (see below) even promote’s […]
Rays Index Mar 26, 2015

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double and he wasn’t going to let Brandon Guyer stop him

A funny scene played out in the fifth inning of today’s spring game against the Yankees when the Rays had runners on first and second and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a long fly ball to left-center field. Because the ball hung up in the air for a while, Guyer did not […]
Rays Index Mar 26, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 2, Twins 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays and Twins have Spring Training complexes that are close to each other so they tend to play […]
DRaysBay Mar 26, 2015

What's the deal with Everett Teaford?

Nate Karns and Matt Andriese have emerged as favorites for the Rays rotation, and that might be all the Rays need early in April thanks to some early off-days in a difficult schedule and possible early returns of Cobb or Smyly. Cash was impressed by the Andriese's start yesterday, complimenting his cool demeanor. "No panic, just kept making pitches" and hitting the zone. "No heartbeat." Fun comments. Check out the video recaps here. Eventually, there will need to be a fifth guy, and the most surprising name this Spring has me scratching my head. You see, I have a really hard time watching...
DRaysBay Mar 25, 2015

Rays Highlights: 3/25

You want highlights? We got 'yer highlights right here, pal. Matt Andriese pitched pretty well today! He peppered in his sinker and was able to use all his pitches to utilize every inch of the strike zone. Pretty good... Rene Rivera came back from injury with a bang, launching the second pitch he saw over the fence to give the Rays the lead. On Andriese, Rivera agreed that he was able to mix up his pitches with great effectiveness. Rivera's solo homer put the Rays up 1-0 early on, and the home run was backed by Andriese's solid outing. All in all, he allowed 3 hits and 1 walk in 5...
DRaysBay Mar 25, 2015

Forbes: Rays worth $625 Million, dead last in MLB

Good news and bad news from Forbes regarding the Tampa Bay Rays. From a financial perspective, the team has tripled in value since it's acquisition by Stu Sternberg and Co. in 2005, now worth $625 Million. $625 Million is also the least valuable in baseball, behind the Miami Marlins at $650 and the Kansas City Royals at $700. The full list, for your viewing pleasure: Rank Team Current Value ($mil) 1-Yr Value Change (%) Debt/Value(%) Revenue ($mil) Operating Income ($mil) 1 New York Yankees 3,200 28 0 508 8.1 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 2,400 20 17 403 -12.2 3 Boston Red...
Rays Index Mar 25, 2015

The Tampa Bay Rays are now worth $625 million

The Tampa Bay Rays are now worth $625 million according to the latest valuations of Major League Baseball franchises released by Forbes.com. The value of the Rays, who are still ranked last among all 30 teams, jumped 29% from last year when the franchise was valued at $485 million. The […]
DRaysBay Mar 25, 2015

Name That Ray! Vol. 3

I hope you brushed up on your expansion draft Welcome to the third edition of this guessing game! Once again, here is how it works, I am going to refer to three different former and current Rays players, based on three separate categories.  I am also going to try something different this time and instead of revealing the answer just below the question, I am going to reveal all three at the very bottom of the page. Those categories are: Devil Rays Era (1998-2007) Prospect (1998-2015) Rays Era (2008-2015) Let's get started! Devil Rays Era (1998-2007) This player was selected with the 18th...
Rays Index Mar 25, 2015

Joe Girardi nails it on why shuffling starting pitchers just for Opening Day is a terrible idea

Earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some moves that appeared to be setting up Chris Archer to pitch on Opening Day. The moves seemed odd because it will require the team to alter the pitching schedule of their three top starting pitchers just days before the season starts […]
DRaysBay Mar 25, 2015

Jake McGee on track to return before May

In today's tank: Jake McGee, Don Zimmer, Positional Rankings, High fives, baseball worst contracts, Hector Olivera, Triples and Brian Dozier. Yesterday was an off day for the Tampa Bay Rays, hence a slow news day for your favorite team. Although, there is always something happening in baseball, as Jake McGee threw 30 pitches in his third bullpen session of the Spring. The 2014 top closer was quite pleased with his sequence and plans to throw "harder" in his next two sessions before starting to face hitters again. "I was holding back quite a bit, not trying to push anything yet," McGee...
Rays Index Mar 24, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays to retire Don Zimmer’s No. 66 on Opening Day

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced they will have a ceremony on Opening Day to retire the No. 66 of the late Don Zimmer. Zimmer wore the No. 66 for just one season, his last. It represented the number of years he had been in professional baseball. Zimmer’s number will […]
DRaysBay Mar 24, 2015

Rays to retire Don Zimmer's uniform No. 66

Ceremony set for Opening Day, April 6, 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays will retire uniform No. 66 in honor of the team's longtime senior advisor Don Zimmer in a pregame ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday, April 6 when the Rays open the season against the Baltimore Orioles. "Don Zimmer enriched the lives of everyone in the Rays family, and he played a significant part in the growth of our organization," said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg. "Zim's presence has been a gift to the game of baseball, and his influence will be felt for years to come. "It has been a true privilege of my...
DRaysBay Mar 24, 2015

DRB Durham Bulls draft results and power rankings

Complete draft results with a little commentary. This year, Ian Malinowski proposed and built the DRaysBay Fantasy Baseball Association, a multi-tiered Ottoneu fantasy baseball experience. I am commishing the Triple-A tier, the DRB Durham Bulls league. These are the commentors in the league: DRB Name DRB Comments Team Name Bradley Woodrum 7737 The Split-Squad All-Stars
DRaysBay Mar 24, 2015

Moments in Rays History: The Hit Show

Hit Show! Devil Rays, Center Stage! On December 13th, 1999 the Tampa Bay Devil Rays made a seemingly giant move by acquiring two of the 90's best sluggers. Those two sluggers were Greg Vaughn and Vinny Castilla, who'd be joining a lineup that featured Jose Canseco who was on possibly a record setting pace before going down with an injury and the always consistent, Fred McGriff. After two initial disapointing seasons, Devil Rays general manger, Chuck LaMar, decided that he needed to go out and get some big names that would potentially draw fans to the stadium and also produce victories. They...
Rays Index Mar 24, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Pirates 7, RAYS 6 (boxscore) THE GOOD: I pretty much hate 99.9% of themed minor league jerseys. They are utterly predictable and excessively ugly for the […]
DRaysBay Mar 23, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays Highlights: 3/23

Today the Rays lost, but at least there are clips. Today the Rays lost. That's bad. But we have clips! That's good! The clips are mostly interviews with players and not much else. That's bad. But they're free and actually informative! That's good! The clips contain potassium benzoate. ...That's bad. The ever-articulate Chris Archer is always a treat to listen to. He acknowledges that three walks in a row is never a great thing with two outs, but he feels like he was able to make adjustments. That's good. Short but sweet. Souza's wearing a batting helmet the whole time after he got his...
Rays Index Mar 23, 2015

Rays make weird move and now it looks like Chris Archer will be the Opening Day starter

Last week I speculated that Jake Odorizzi would replace the injured Alex Cobb as the Opening Day starter because it would be easier to adjust his schedule (give him one extra day of rest) than to adjust the schedule of Chris Archer (would need to go on short rest). However, […]

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