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View from the Catwalks: Snellzilla’s (digital) playoff debut

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Plus: Rays offering ticket refunds, Yarbrough and Edwards speak with Neil, and Barry Zito is a signing Rhino. When Baseball returns, it’ll be time to get creative with those celebrations and dugout cheers: Handshakes after this will hit a little different. But the boys were preparing. pic.twitter.com/q0k7d0zAeh— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 30, 2020 Rays to offer ticket refunds or credits with a 25-percent bonus - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times Snell to face Lux in Players League playoffs - Adam Berry, MLB.com: Make sure to tune in tonight (FS1 at...


FOCO introducing DC Comics and MLB combo bobbleheads

This Tampa Bay Rays stylized Batman bobblehead is among the products that will be made available One of the leading manufacturers of sports and entertainment merchandise, FOCO, is introducing an exciting new bobblehead series in which they combine the fandoms of DC Comics and Major League Baseball. Among the products that FOCO will be releasing is this amazing Batman bobblehead, in which he is brandishing a Rays Columbia blue baseball bat, with a trademark batarang in his other hand. A Tampa Bay Rays logo is featured on the pedestal in which Bruce Wayne er I mean, Batman has his batboot...


Friday Open Thread: Tell us your jersey stories from first to worst

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Everyone has at least one shirsey they regret. Rather than the usual FanPost Friday prompt, some folks have requested an open thread option instead to make participating easier. So this week we’re going to do something a bit different. You can still write a FanPost about this if you want, but we’re also keeping the comments open so you can share shorter versions of your story below. The Tampa Bay Rays have some of the best-looking jerseys in baseball, whether the crisp white and navy, the Devil Rays throwbacks, or the Columbia blue. They’re pretty darned...

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2020 MLB Season: Simulating AL games, May 1-3

As we enter the month of May, there’s still no baseball because of the coronavirus. So, we continue simulating games for the 2020 MLB season. Today, the AL. The Tampa Bay Rays’ weekend excursion to Oakland was a serious momentum builder for one post-season hopeful…and it wasn’t the Rays. In a reprise of the 2019 […] 2020 MLB Season: Simulating AL games, May 1-3 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Danny’s Rays mock draft for 2020

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Let’s do something a little different and talk about the MLB draft. Whenever the MLB amateur draft eventually comes to fruition, the Tampa Bay Rays will be drafting at the following positions: No. 24 - Round 1 No. 37 - Competitive Balance Round A (via Cardinals) No. 57 - Round 2 No. 96 - Round 3 No. 126 - Round 4 No. 156 - Round 5 For each selection, I will list my mock draft choice and then include a wild card who — if still available at that draft slot — should tempt the Rays when their opportunity comes up. But before I get into the mock, we...


Tampa Bay Rays connected with two top International Prospects

Carlos Colmenarez and Jhonny Piron | MLB Pipeline - https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/1255602514415833088?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet Even though the 2020 class may be pushed to 2021. The 2020 International Signing period is fast approaching (if it happens) and, thus far, the Tampa Bay Rays have been connected with two of the top prospects slated to sign: According to Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, the Tampa Bay Rays are expected to sign 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Carlos Colmenarez and 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Jhonny Piron The two...

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Comforting New York: A grateful city bids farewell to the military hospital that symbolized hope amidst tragedy

As her great white hull sails out of New York Harbor, stand at least six feet apart and salute the men and women of the USNS Comfort, the Navy’s 892-foot-long military hospital ship that docked here exactly one month ago with plans to help New York’s strained health-care facilities handle the surge...

Cardinals closer Hicks continues to make strides on rehab, readying for return when or if games do

In his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Jordan Hicks' throwing program now includes 30-pitch bullpen sessions of 'moderate intensity.'

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Boston Red Sox: Manny Ramirez aiming for return in CPBL

Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez is looking to make a comeback. This time, he has his sights set on joining the Chinese Professional Baseball League. It has been nine years since former Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez last played in the majors. That abbreviated stint with the Rays ended in disgrace, with […] Boston Red Sox: Manny Ramirez aiming for return in CPBL - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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De Blasio reports ‘very good day’ as NYC sees fewer coronavirus hospitalizations

Mayor de Blasio declared New York had a “very good day” in the fight against coronavirus on Thursday as the city reported fewer new coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals and a drop in those who need intensive care. The city aims to see declines in three indicators — new hospital admissions,...

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Cubs unsung heroes: Alan Benes, August 27, 2002

Photo by Jonathan Daniel / The younger brother of a well-known Padre and Cardinal had one big game as a Cub. Andy Benes was a solid rotation starter for 14 years in the major leagues, mostly with the Padres and Cardinals. San Diego had made him their No. 1 pick in 1988. Five years later, Andy’s younger brother Alan Benes was selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Cardinals. In doing so they passed on Torii Hunter and Jason Varitek, among others. Alan Benes pitched briefly for the Cardinals from 1995-97, posting a 3.5 bWAR season in ‘97, then suffered shoulder injuries that...

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Texas salon owner risks arrest by opening shop against stay-at-home order

A Texas salon owner is defying the local stay-at-home orders after re-opening her shop. Even after receiving a $1,000 citation and a cease-and-desist, Shelley Luther has kept Salon À la Mode in Dallas open and taking customers. The city accused Luther of chancing “irreparable injury” to locals...


View from the Catwalk: We all miss Ji-Man

Photo by Mark Brown/ Baseball stuff Per Tampa Bay Times ($), the Rays have announced that they will be cutting pay of many administrative personnel, furloughing some staff, and ending their internship program. This makes them an exception among MLB teams, most of which have pledged to retain staff through May. Furloughed employees will continue to receive health insurance benefits. Ah, Ji-man, we miss you too! Choi sends his regards from South Korea. ($) Lovely personal essay from Florida native Trey Mancini. I recommend grabbing a tissue before you start reading. We’re number 9! ...


Rays first team to announce furloughs, pay cuts in MLB

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports All other franchises appear to be paying staff through May, with a hope games resume in June. MLB teams have reacted to the lack of revenue difficulty this month, as cost cutting comes into focus around baseball. While the vast majority of clubs — including low-revenue teams like the Reds, Pirates, and Marlins — have committed to paying their employees through May as MLB makes tentative plans to return to action in June, some franchises have taken immediate measures to cut costs until games arrive. Sadly, the only team to announce payroll cuts (thus...

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NYC shelters rescue pets left behind by people dead from coronavirus

Fearing he’d never make it out of the hospital alive, an 82-year-old East Village man wanted to make sure his beloved cat would be cared for. “She was a very important part of his life,” said Judith Zaborowski, one of the man’s friends. As his condition deteriorated, a a neighbor cared for the...

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One of world’s tallest men at 8-foot-6 dead from tumor

One of the world’s tallest men is dead at 23. Bangladesh native Jinnat Ali lost his lengthy battle with a brain tumor on Tuesday, his brother Illias Ali confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune. After Jinnat Ali was taken on Sunday to the Chittagong Medical College and Hospital’s neurology department, his...

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Veteran MTA conductor who once saved subway passengers from arsonist in heroic act dies of coronavirus

A 22-year veteran MTA conductor once hailed as a hero for saving a train full of passengers from a mentally ill arsonist has lost his life to COVID-19. Benjamin Schaeffer, 57, succumbed to the coronavirus Tuesday at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, his girlfriend Lisa Smid confirmed. In the weeks...

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Brooklyn teacher, 30, dies after month-long battle with coronavirus

A 30-year-old Brooklyn middle school teacher died Tuesday of coronavirus complications after a more-than-month-long battle with the disease, according to family. Rana Zoe Mungin, of East New York, was in the hospital for more than a month as her desperate family tried everything they could to keep...

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes baby boy with fiancee after coronavirus battle

Boris Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, gave birth to a “healthy baby boy” at a London hospital on Wednesday — just weeks after the UK Prime Minister successfully battled coronavirus. “Both mother and baby are doing very well,” a spokesperson for Johnson and his partner said. “The PM and Ms Symonds...


Yankees position analysis: Can injury-prone Aaron Hicks stay on the field in center?

Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery in the offseason, but the Yankees have the ageless Brett Gardner, coming off his best offensive season, in reserve.

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NYY News: All Pax’d up and ready to go

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Paxton getting healthy; Higashioka pens a piece; 20 Questions with Passan New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees got some good news on James Paxton, who is progressing nicely in his return from back surgery. This piece not only updates Paxton’s recovery, but also speculates on his future, which is vague as an impending free agent. Historically injury-prone, but a relatively fresh 31 years old by innings pitched, the team’s decision on Paxton will be interesting, especially with Masahiro Tanaka and potentially J.A. Happ also hitting the open...

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Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully shares update of his health in video message

Two days after his release from the hospital following a fall at home, Vin Scully assured Dodger fans he was healthy in a prerecorded message.


Rays Your Voice: Offseason Recap with Jim Turvey

Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo bats in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Charlotte Sports Park. | Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Opening Day was supposed to be over a month ago, so it feels strange doing an offseason recap podcast, but here we are. On this episode of Rays Your Voice, I’m joined by Jim Turvey to talk about the past winter for the Rays. There were some “typical” Rays moves, such as trading Tommy Pham to the Padres in exchange for a cheaper outfield option in Hunter Renfroe and a promising middle infield prospect in Xavier...


Mets' Michael Conforto progressing as he works way back from oblique injury

Conforto suffered a grade 1 oblique strain in the second week of March.

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James Paxton, other Yankees have time to heal during MLB’s coronavirus shutdown

TAMPA — For most of us, during this awful time, we have way too much time on our hands. For the Yankees, however, that extra time as MLB waits for the nation to come to grips with the global coronavirus pandemic to start the season, has given the big-name players on their already crowded injury...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Projecting Triple-A Indy’s Roster

During the course of each MLB season, every team, the Pittsburgh Pirates included, in baseball will need their Triple-A roster for reinforcements at one point or another. If there is a 2020 MLB season, the Pittsburgh Pirates, like every MLB team, will need to rely on their Triple-A roster throughout the season. Between injuries, poor […] Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Projecting Triple-A Indy’s Roster - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Sara’s Diary, Day 46 without baseball: Emergency room nurses

An emergency room nurse shifts patients around a Houston hospital in April | E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via A birthday tribute to my mom Some of the most stunning and inspiring stories during the COVID-19 pandemic have come from the healthcare workers on the frontline fighting to take care of patients, fighting for the gear they need to stay safe while they take care of patients, and conveying to all of us the need to stay home so we don’t become one of their patients. Many of those stories have been told by nurses, specifically emergency room nurses. I...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: