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DRaysBay Feb 28, 2015

On Grant Balfour, Hall-of-Famer, True Ray

Why the story of the most successful Australian baseball player ever matters. Forget the blown saves. Forget the boos. In 30 years, when nomo.red.evil is writing an offbeat trivia article about offbeat halls-of-fame, no one will remember them. Grant Balfour will be the punchline in that article, as on Saturday, he'll become the first Rays player inducted into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame, and with apologies to Wade Boggs, the first True Ray inducted into any hall of fame. When our grandchildren read nomo's flowing prose—as surely they will—they will ask us if we remember the Mad...
DRaysBay Feb 28, 2015

Watch Grant Balfour's induction into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame

At 2:30 AM Eastern Standard Time,  Grant Balfour will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. As the most successful Australian player in the Major Leagues to date, he was sure to make it in some day, but they've decided to induct him now so that his father, who is battling Pancreatic cancer, can see it. The entire event will be streamed on YouTube. Congratulations, Grant.
Rays Index Feb 27, 2015

Rays release former 1st-round pick who had been suspended 3 times

The Rays have released Josh Sale, the 17th pick of the 2010 MLB draft, according to multiple reports. Sale had been suspended three times by the Rays and played in just 224 games in the four seasons since being drafted. The first suspension came in 2012 when Sale was one […]
DRaysBay Feb 27, 2015

Josh Sale released by the Tampa Bay Rays

Josh Sale, the former first round draft choice from 2010, has been released by the Tampa Bay Rays. #Rays release 2010 first-round LF Josh Sale, who hit .238/.313/.344 in 90 G at High-A Charlotte in 2014. Suspended for entire 2013 season. — Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) February 27, 2015 Sale was suspended in three consecutive years from 2012-2014, including an indefinite suspension that covered most of the 2013 season after an article on Deadspin title "On Facebook, Rays Prospect Brags About Throwing Change At A Stripper" -- with this picture accompanying the article and a screenshot...
DRaysBay Feb 27, 2015

Bar Bets: Make mine a double

Which original Devil Ray has more extra base hits than Mickey Mantle? Okay, this one is pretty easy, and probably won't win you a beer unless your stooge is from Bahstin. Because there are only two plausible answers to "Which original DRay has more extra base hits than Mickey Mantle?" One correct and obvious answer, and  one "ah that's too ahbivous so it's gahda be Bahggs" answer. The case for Wade is pretty straight up. He played the majority of his career at that mini-golf course of ball park where he could slap a double off the windmill pretty much any time he wanted to. Which is true...
DRaysBay Feb 27, 2015

Rays All-Time No. 1 Prospects (2004-2007)

B.J. Upton and Delmon Young were once the stars of the Rays minor league system. Some much hype and pressure is thrust upon team's top prospects. Once a highly touted player is drafted or acquired, fans scour through minor league box scores and write ups of the potential young star, in hopes that one day he'll eventually lead the team championship glory. Through the Tampa Bay Rays short history, a number of star players have possessed the top spot in the organization and went on to great things. Others however, have receded into obscurity to never be heard from again. So, without further...
Rays Index Feb 27, 2015

Evan Longoria ranked as the 51st best player in MLB

The MLB Network is working their way through their annual list of the top 100 players in Major League Baseball and even though the top 40 have yet to be revealed it seems safe to say that there won’t be any Rays among them and it appears that just two […]
DRaysBay Feb 27, 2015

Ernesto Frieri adjusting under Jim Hickey

Ernesto Frieri is a project, not much unlike many recent pitching acquisitions by the Rays. Either Jim Hickey has gotten extremely bored, or the Rays have such an asset in the pitching coach that wonky guys are a market inefficiency. Back to Frieri. The former closer of the Angels has had a rough go recently, and Hickey is already tinkering with his mechanics. Roger Mooney has the story at the Tampa Tribune: "That's why I'm here," Frieri said. "I've seen Hickey, he's the man. He knows what he's doing. He fixed a couple of guys before, and I hope I'm not the exception. I'm pretty sure he's...
Rays Index Feb 27, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

Jake Odorizzi put on 17 pounds this off-season. his goal was 20 and he told Fox 13 Sports that it wasn’t easy. “It was hard, it wasn’t easy … It was a lot of eating. Sounds like it would be easy, but you get to a point where food doesn’t […]
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2015

2015 DRaysBay Community Prospect list

Years of hard work has finally resulted in a finished product Thanks for the participation, everyone. 1. SS Daniel Robertson (42.9% in special election)2. SS Willy Adames (91.6%)3. OF Steven Souza (52.6%)4. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (51.4% in runoff)5. RHP Alex Colome (68.8%)6. 2B Ryan Brett (51.2% in runoff)7. C Justin O'Conner (70%)8. SS Adrian Rondon (36.6%)9. RHP Brent Honeywell (31.0%)10. 1B Casey Gillaspie (36.6%) 11. LHP Enny Romero (35.1%)12. IF Andrew Velazquez (58.8%)13. RHP Nathan Karns (36.4%)14. LHP Blake Snell (57.9%)15. OF Mikie Mahtook (48.5%)16. LF Justin Williams (55.6%)17. C...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2015

Rays announce jersey numbers for the 2015 season

A guide to who is wearing what this season Baseball is almost here! It has been a long, grueling and stressful off-season for Rays fans, but now we will get our first look at the Silverman/Cash era Rays in action. New faces will be seen in Port Charlotte, both by the players and coaching staff. To help you keep track of your new favorite Rays player, here is the 2015 Rays by the Numbers guide. Before we get started a few interesting notes: - John Jaso will take his old Rays number, 28. - Asdrubal Cabrera will wear number 13, which was his previous number with the Indians - 1B Coach Rocco...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2015

Dock of the Rays: David DeJesus for Dioner Navarro, who says no?

"Fallen Foe Furthers Rays Agenda" The Blue Jays got a bit of terrible news for their season, with anticipated starting outfielder Michael Saunders suffering a knee injury that will sideline him the next few months. While this is awful news for the division rival, could the Rays "capitalize" from the situation? #BlueJays say Michael Saunders tore meniscus in knee. Out to all star break — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) February 26, 2015 With Saunders now out with injury, wonder if #Rays DeJesus would be a fit for #Jays. #Rays open to dealing him. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 26,...
DRaysBay Feb 26, 2015

What story line are you following this spring?

Spring Training is nearly upon us, officially speaking, and there will be several story lines to watch as April approaches. Of biggest interest to me will be how things shape up with the addition of top middle infield free agent Asdrubal Cabrera, but there's plenty to follow. What story line will you find most compelling this Spring? Vote down below, then on to the links. Links - 'Inside the Rays' returns tonight on Sun Sports for an Off-season Special. Features include the Alex Cobb hosted Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame Dinner and an interview between Dewayne Staats and Kevin...
Rays Index Feb 25, 2015

Ben Zobrist in an Oakland A’s uniform is a jarring sight

I hope you are sitting for this one because you really need to be sitting. And here is one more. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2015

Classic Player Profile: Damian Rolls

The original Rays utility player, showing how spoiled Zobrist has made us. Player: Damian Rolls Born: September 15th, 1977 (Currently 37 years old) Positions: 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, CF, RF, and DH Drafted: On June 4th, 1996 in the 1st round (#23) by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Schlagel High School in Kansas City, KS Tenure: 1999-2004 Start of Tenure: On December 13th, 1999 sent to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations End of Tenure: On November 23rd, 2004 was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Teams: *Los Angeles Dodgers, *Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay...
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2015

Should baseball shorten its regular season to 154 games?

The new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has had a lot of new ideas, between tightening the strike zone and speeding up the pace of games, I've been intrigued. He has a clear intention of making the game more compelling -- or better yet -- better. His most recent public comments suggest shortening the season by eight games. Here's what I had to say on the idea of shortening the season for a roundtable this morning: "Injuries and fatigue take their toll after 150 games into any baseball season. The 2011 Red Sox and the 2014 Brewers are the latest examples of teams who seemed...
Rays Index Feb 25, 2015

[THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

The mayor of St. Pete and the Rays have reached a new agreement that would allow the Rays to look for new stadium sites in Hillsborough County. However, the mayor will not present the deal to the city council unless he feels it will be approved according to Charlie Frago […]
DRaysBay Feb 25, 2015

Grant Balfour wants the closer job.

In Today's tank: Grant Balfour, Evan Longoria and Kevin Cash, Manny Ramirez, Fantasy baseball, Parks and Recreation, 2016 Free Agents, and the first-ever Spring Training Fan Day. Grant Balfour was interviewed over the phone on MLB Network program Hot Stove yesterday, an occasion he used to talk about his charity work, time in Australia during the offseason and his goals for the year to come. The Big Aussie Unit was indeed in Mexico, with his wife, earlier this year as part of the Smile Train charity as we featured on DRaysBay a few weeks ago. Check the link for lots of pictures from Grant...
DRaysBay Feb 24, 2015

An AFL PITCHf/x profile of Zach Cooper

Work in progress. The Arizona Fall League is a tool for teams to get a few of their minor league players some extra work. It's usually not full of top prospects, nothing is on the line in its games, and the stats are essentially meaningless. One thing that the AFL does have going for it, though, are PITCHf/x cameras. When a prospect goes to the AFL, we fans get a window into what his stuff looks like that we normally wouldn't for minor league pitchers. So far I've profiled: The explosive rising fastball of Jamie Schultz The more pedestrian sinker of Matt Lollis The dancing changeup...
DRaysBay Feb 24, 2015

Drew Smyly: The Celtic god of pops

Drew Smyly's new approach to pitching combined with his already high pop-up rate could position him for a surprisingly great season. In the book Moneyball, Oakland's GM Billy Beane refers to then-prospect Kevin Youkilis as "the Greek God of Walks." Beane, looking for a competitive edge, coveted the third baseman for his under appreciated plate discipline skills (that is, under appreciated by the league, not Boston). Youkilis finished his MLB career with a .382 OBP and helped the Red Sox win a good many games without ever breaking Boston's bank. Drew Smyly might be that same thing. We...

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