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Rays Index Oct 17, 2014

Andrew Friedman Says Don Mattingly Will ‘Definitely’ Manage The Dodgers In 2015

Andrew Friedman was introduced to the media today as the Dodgers president of baseball operations. During the press conference, Friedman was asked about the future of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Friedman’s answer put to rest the idea that Joe Maddon will follow Friedman to the Dodgers, at least for now. […]
Rays Index Oct 17, 2014

Rays TV Ratings Remain Strong But Were Down

Of the 27 American teams in MLB with available data, the Rays finished a very strong 12th in local television ratings, averaging 73,000 households per prime time game. While that is good, there is some bad news. This year’s ratings were actually down 18.0% from last year (89,000 households) and […]
DRaysBay Oct 16, 2014
The Rays Tank: Party at Paul Rudd's Mom's house

The Rays Tank: Party at Paul Rudd's Mom's house

Kegs! Selfies! Cover charges! WORLD SERIES! This is still a Rays blog, I swear. I'm just loving this bandwagon. $5 cover though? Come on, bro. And apparently you can #BEROYAL by simply going streaking: The @Royals have won 11 straight #postseason games dating back to 1985, the second-longest streak in @MLB history.— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) October 16, 2014 Ned Yost has eight straight wins to start his #postseason managerial career, most in @MLB history. pic.twitter.com/MoQzzUSft7— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) October 16, 2014 The @Royals notched the fifth ever...
Rays Index Oct 15, 2014

There Is Hope That Joe Maddon Won’t Follow Andrew Friedman To The Dodgers

It’s the next day and it wasn’t a bad dream. Andrew Friedman is now the president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now Rays fans are worried that Joe Maddon will join him and there are plenty of reasons why we should not be surprised if it does […]
DRaysBay Oct 15, 2014
Andrew Friedman and windows of opportunity

Andrew Friedman and windows of opportunity

A lack of analysis. The Rays did not win the World Series in the Andrew Friedman era, although they came close. With one of the smallest payrolls in baseball, they won the American League pennant in 2008, and then proceeded to make the playoffs in 2010, 2011, and 2013. That's qualifies, along with the run of contention from Billy Beane's Moneyball-A's, as one of the most impressive feats for a general manager in American sports. The A's are the obvious comparison, and the analytically-inclined Rays front office have been on the cutting edge of the baseball revolution that Oakland's highly...
DRaysBay Oct 14, 2014

Will the Rays lose Joe Maddon next?

With the departure of Andrew Friedman also ends the longest tenured GM-Manager relationship in the game, but many are already claiming: Not so fast! Would not be surprised if Joe Maddon is managing #Dodgers in 2016. His contract with TB expires after 2015. Maintains home in Long Beach. — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) October 14, 2014 LAD and TB should cut a deal for Joe Maddon right now, and move forward. No sense in having that situation hang over Mattingly in 2015. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 14, 2014 @Buster_ESPN That's one of the most interesting part of...
Rays Index Oct 14, 2014

Andrew Friedman To Keep Don Mattingly As Dodgers Manager … For Now

With Andrew Friedman leaving the Tampa Bay Rays and joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as president of baseball operations, focus now to turns to Joe Maddon and whether Friedman will try to lure his now-former partner in crime to manager the Dodgers. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles […]
DRaysBay Oct 14, 2014
A Letter from Andrew Friedman to DRaysBay

A Letter from Andrew Friedman to DRaysBay

As Andrew Friedman departs the Tampa Bay Rays, he took a moment to send us the following letter: As thought leaders for Rays nation and some of the most passionate and well-informed fans in all of baseball, DRaysbay is an appropriate place for me to post my thoughts as I depart from the Rays.  Thank you for caring as much as you do, and thank you for some of the ideas which I may or may not have taken from you over the years. This is both a happy and sad day for me.  I leave the Tampa Bay area with incredible memories and life-long friendships from my ten years here.  My experience was...
DRaysBay Oct 14, 2014

Andrew Friedman to LA: Reactions around the Internet

We will continue to update throughout the day. Andrew Friedman made magic on skinflint payrolls with the Rays. He's gonna have $200M+ a year to do it with the Dodgers. Best hire possible. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 14, 2014 @JeffPassan Friedman wasn't alone, much more interesting if he doesn't take some of his lesser-known colleagues along with him — Bradley Ankrom (@BradleyAnkrom) October 14, 2014 Friedman will address the media tomorrow at Dodger Stadium. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) October 14, 2014 Friedman really missed Carl Crawford. — Sky...
Rays Index Oct 14, 2014

Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays To Become GM Of The Dodgers

In a move that will come as a shock to many, Andrew Friedman is leaving the Tampa Bay Rays and will become the next general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over as the head of baseball operations. Marc Topkin was the first to report. BREAKING: […]
Rays Index Oct 14, 2014

Sounds Like David Price Did Not Take His Trade To The Tigers Well

If you have followed the Rays for a while then you know David Price as a talented and driven baseball player who is also just a big kid at heart off the field. However, if you were watching closely, you also know Price was always one step from an emotional […]
DRaysBay Oct 14, 2014
Several Rays rank among top short-season prospects

Several Rays rank among top short-season prospects

Baseball America kicks off prospect ranking season with league top 20 lists Before Baseball America rolls out their annual team top 10 prospect lists, they have another yearly feature: league top 20 prospect lists.  For each minor league, from the domestic complex leagues to the pair of Triple-A leagues, they rank the top 20 prospects that saw action in that league. To qualify, starters need to through roughly 46.2 innings in full-season leagues (23 in short-season), relievers have to make 20 appearances (10 in short-season), and batters need about 140 plate appearances (68 in...
Rays Index Oct 14, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Tuesday Morning Odds And Ends

It is starting to look more and more like Dave Martinez will miss out on another off-season of managerial openings and will be back with the Rays next year. The Diamondbacks have hired Chip Hale to be their next manager. Meanwhile, the Astros, the team that seemed like the perfect […]
Rays Index Oct 13, 2014

Now There Is A Crazy Rumor That The Dodgers Want Both Andrew Friedman And Joe Maddon

Last week we heard a crazy rumor that the Los Angeles Dodgers may go after Andrew Friedman to be their general manager. But why stop at crazy when you have enough money to go full-cuckoo. Now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes along this rumor: “Rumors of an Andrew Friedman/Joe […]
Rays Index Oct 10, 2014

Report: Dodgers May Go After Andrew Friedman If They Fire Their GM

Here we go again. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times is reporting that Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti may soon be fired and if he is, the team may go after Andrew Friedman. It’s hard to know for certain how much to make of this report. In the […]
Rays Index Oct 9, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays Ranked 12th In Local TV Ratings This Season

Once again, local television ratings prove that the Rays have more fans than most people outside of the area realize. Of the 28 teams with available data, the Rays finished 12th with an average of 73,000 households tuning into Sun Sports for games in prime time. Data was not available […]
DRaysBay Oct 9, 2014

Describe the Rays' Season as a Play/Musical (or Other Obscure Cultural Reference)

Here is yet another activity for you to do. It is mandatory. Please state your best approximation of this season as the title of a play or musical that you feel most adequately (if humorously) encapsulates this season of baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays. This is a fun activity that you will most likely enjoy, although your enjoyment is of little concern due to the fact that it is mandatory. No material prizes will be handed out, but if you win, expect to receive a passing feeling of fleeting self-satisfaction in 6-8 weeks. The victor will be determined by most recs. Thank you for your...
DRaysBay Oct 6, 2014

What would the Rays playoff rotation look like?

There's a noticeable trend in playoff rotations this October, and that's a twist on the three man rotation. Scheduling has allowed all the teams thus far to roll with only three starters, giving room for the presumable fourth starter to slot into the bullpen. The strategy has paid off for most. Whether it be Anibal Sanchez, Kevin Gausman, Danny Duffy, Yusmeiro Petit, or Tanner Roark - we've seen plenty and more starters convert to relief, and each for their own reasons. Sanchez moved from a depth perspective, with the three Cy Youngs already getting the nod. Gausmann from an innings limit...
DRaysBay Oct 5, 2014

Playoff Open Thread

As requested. Feel free to discuss playoff baseball, NBA season preview and Benghazi right here. No footbaw talk, or we mail you Ebola. Go to town, homies.
DRaysBay Oct 3, 2014

Describe the 2014 Rays Season with a Song Title

Another very fun activity. You will enjoy this activity. This thread should also be used as an open thread for discussion of today's playoff baseball, as well as discussion of the Ebola virus and FEMA coffin camps. We've already got a winner of the movie title contest. Congratulations to SRQman. He has already received his copy of the DRaysBay Writer Wives & Girlfriends Swimsuit Calendar. That said, it is unlikely that he will be joining us much in the coming days, as he will be far too busy staring lustily at its pages. I failed to mention earlier that February and November feature the...

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