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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 —...
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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...
DRaysBay 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...
DRaysBay 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...
DRaysBay 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...