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Mar 5, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Luis Patiño’s Electric Rays Debut

View from the Catwalks: Luis Patiño’s Electric Rays Debut

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Plus: Old friend in a new place also makes their spring debut Rays News Notes: Patiño pounds zone; Yarbrough ‘crisp’ - Adam Berry, MLB.com: Rays fans get first game action look at the next big thing in the Rays future rotation. It was just 10 pitches, and still just Spring Training with limited cameras and data, but something to watch going forward with Patiño: Luis Patiño averaged 12.1" of vertical mvmt (vMov) on his 4S in 2020.Eyeballing his mvmt plot from today - looks like 5/7 4S were
Mar 4, 2021
Rays in the Community: Drivers license suspensions hurt the working poor

Rays in the Community: Drivers license suspensions hurt the working poor

Team supports bi-partisan “Fines and Fees Justice Center” campaign. Let’s look at two scenarios. In scenario 1, a driver — let’s call her Fran — is stopped by an overly eager sheriff’s deputy for allegedly rolling through a stop sign. She swears she came to a full stop, she’s irritated by the ticket, but once she gets home she reluctantly pulls out her checkbook and sends the county $75. In scenario 2, we have the same stop sign, the same overly eager sheriff’s deputy and the same $75 ticket. But in this scenario, the driver — let’s call her Beth —...
Mar 3, 2021
Wander Franco clobbers first spring homerun

Wander Franco clobbers first spring homerun

The game’s top prospect absolutely destroyed this baseball The number one prospect in all of baseball, Wander Franco, just absolutely clobbered his first homerun of the spring. Starting at shortstop and hitting 7th for the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Port Charlotte, Franco came up to bat in the bottom of second. Facing Pirates right-handed pitcher Miguel Yajure, Franco didn’t waste any time as he went after the first offering and sent it to orbit. More accurately, he dropped the bat head and barreled the ball deep to right field...
Mar 3, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Brett Phillips is mic’d up

View from the Catwalks: Brett Phillips is mic’d up

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Phillips is mic’d up, Padlo hits a bomb, and a Meadows comeback If you missed the game yesterday, Brett Phillips was mic’d up and it was glorious. Brett Phillips is a national treasure pic.twitter.com/qReBWIkmws— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) March 2, 2021 Brett Phillips: "Hey Cash money. Did you know Taylor Walls went to the same University as you did?"Kevin Cash: "Why do you think he's playing?" pic.twitter.com/smj7PurGI8— ESPN (@espn) March 2, 2021 And an extended clip: Could listen to @brett_phillips8 mic'd...
Mar 2, 2021
Rays Your Voice: Construction of the 2021 Pitching Staff, with Darby Robinson

Rays Your Voice: Construction of the 2021 Pitching Staff, with Darby Robinson

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ How will the Rays put together their 1,450-piece puzzle? Games are underway in Spring Training, and as of right now * knocking on wood *, there is no major injury news to report. Hooray! In this episode, Darby and I take a deeper look at how the Rays will construct their pitching staff in 2021 after a flurry of Major League signings make the Opening Day roster look more solidified, and adds some question marks to the outlooks for some of the younger arms. The biggest challenge is going from a 60-game schedule to a 162-game schedule with...
Mar 1, 2021
Yoshi Tsutsugo gets a second chance

Yoshi Tsutsugo gets a second chance

Rays Baseball The struggling slugger is hoping for a redemption arc. After trading away the team’s top hitter in Tommy Pham during the winter of 2019, the Tampa Bay Rays made some waves when they secured a contract with free agent Japanese slugger, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, with the offset salary. Tsutsugo had played the previous ten years as a member of the Yokohama Bay Stars, with whom he hit .285/.382/.528 with 205 homeruns over 968 games played. During the peak of his performance with Yokohama, Tsutsugo was among the top players in Nippon Professional Baseball on a...
Mar 1, 2021
Chris Archer’s Top 5 moments in Rays Career (So far)

Chris Archer’s Top 5 moments in Rays Career (So far)

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ On June 20th, 2012 twenty-three year old Chris Archer took the mound at Nationals Park donning a Rays uniform for the first time. The wiry flame-thrower mounted the rubber and immediately fell behind 3-0 to the Nationals’ leadoff hitter Steve Lombardozzi. He would fire the first strike of his career to bring the count to 3-1 and then surrender a double to Lombardozzi, an RBI single to Bryce Harper, and a run scoring grounder to Ryan Zimmerman who reached on an error. By the end of the first, the Nationals were up 3-0 and...
Mar 1, 2021
View from the Catwalk: Rays open spring with a win

View from the Catwalk: Rays open spring with a win

Will Vragovic/Rays Baseball Rays News Spring training games have begun! The Rays started their spring season with a walk-off win courtesy of a Tristan Gray 2-run homer in the seventh (remember, mostly games will run just 7 innings). Austin Meadows and Mike Brosseau also homered, as six pitchers split the workload. You can eventually catch some Rays on television, here’s the Fox schedule. In addition, the Rays’ Tuesday game against the Red Sox will be on ESPN. MLB has announced their television schedule for spring and they have exactly zero games featuring the AL...
Feb 26, 2021
Season Preview: Austin Meadows is in the Best Shape of His Life

Season Preview: Austin Meadows is in the Best Shape of His Life

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays Austin Meadows was the breakout big bat for the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .291/.364/.558 and putting up a 143 wRC+ while leading the team with 33 homers. Expectations for his role as a pillar of the offense were high, but then 2020 threw a wrench into plans. During intake testing at the beginning of Spring Training 2.0 Meadows tested positive for COVID-19. This delayed his preparation for the season by a few weeks and he ultimately wasn’t activated on the MLB roster until the second week of the season. Meadows looked sluggish and just...
Feb 26, 2021
View from the Catwalks: Yoshi stock to the moon?

View from the Catwalks: Yoshi stock to the moon?

Rays Baseball Plus: first probable pitchers revealed, Rays News Do Rays have reason to believe in Yoshi Tsutsugo? - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: More than a few writers here on DRB are also buying Yoshi stock. Yoshi steps into spring with ‘fresh mind’ - Adam Berry, MLB.com: This stock is a rocket to the moon! Slimmer Meadows eager to regain ‘19 form - Adam Berry, MLB.com: BSOHL szn! Baseball is so close, you can almost taste the lineup and pitching cards: #Rays probable pitchers for 1st games, subject to change: Sun, ATL: Ellis, Strickland, Springs,...
Feb 25, 2021
Jeffrey Springs could be a weapon for the 2021 Rays

Jeffrey Springs could be a weapon for the 2021 Rays

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays Good news: he can get out both lefties and righties Many Rays fans were left scratching their heads when the team traded catching prospect Ronaldo Hernandez to the Boston Red Sox for two pitchers who were recently designated for assignment in Chris Mazza and Jeffrey Springs. Both Mazza and Springs are similar in that they are older than you would expect considering the bodies of their respective major league contributions. Despite that, the Rays see both of them as arms who could be asked to get important late inning outs as the team...
Feb 25, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Tatis Test Case

SB Nation Reacts: Tatis Test Case

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ What percent of Rays fans would want a similar deal for the team’s top player? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Tampa Bay Rays fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Earlier this week the San Diego Padres and star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. agreed to an enormous contract extension worth a reported $340 million over 14 years. Tatis Jr. is entering only his third year in the majors, but has already emerged as one of the...
Feb 24, 2021
Rays Spring Training position watch: Second base

Rays Spring Training position watch: Second base

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports What’s on second? Probably Brandon Lowe. The Rays are likely to rely on Brandon Lowe as their primary second baseman. But Lowe also plays several other positions, and there are several other players who have experience at second base. Who (or, following Abbott and Costello should we ask “what”) are we likely to see at second? Lowe’s slow postseason may lead Rays fans to forget how great a hitter he was over the first month of 2020. He absolutely blistered the ball during the month of August, only to see a steep drop off during...
Feb 24, 2021
Rays to release Spring Training tickets for sale on Friday

Rays to release Spring Training tickets for sale on Friday

Randy Arozarena and Wander Franco know what’s up | Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays “Spring Training Season Ticket Holders” will have early access and a ten percent discount. The following information was provided via team Press Release: In partnership with Major League Baseball and local public health officials, the Tampa Bay Rays have announced ticket information for Spring Training games at Charlotte Sports Park. The 2021 Spring Training season is presented by Visit Tampa Bay. 2021 Rays Spring Training tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday,...
Feb 24, 2021
View from the Catwalks: If it looks like baseball and it sounds like baseball...

View from the Catwalks: If it looks like baseball and it sounds like baseball...

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Spring Training is well underway. In non-baseball news, Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a one-car accident yesterday. He is covering from surgery after having a rod inserted in his leg. In Spring Training News, Cash and Neander held a socially distant press conference. Hear from Kevin Cash and Erik Neander, today at spring training! https://t.co/iEfGfXXDxf— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 23, 2021 KK is “thrilled” to be here. Kevin Kiermaier says he’s “thrilled” to still be with the Rays after...