Joe Maddon to Manage Cubs in 2015

The latest info that sends Joe Maddon to the north side of Chicago for 2015.

Andrew Friedman leaves for the Dodgers

It's the end of an era in Tampa Bay. What does the future hold?

2015 Rays Schedule released

We disect the 2015 Rays schedule.

Oct 29, 2014

Joe Maddon to manage Cubs in 2015

Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon
Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr
Just coming across on the news wire on Twitter, Jon Heyman reports that Joe Maddon as agreed to manage the Cubs in 2015, officially ending the Joe Maddon era in Tampa Bay. More details will be added to this article as available, so check back as you can.

Oct 27, 2014

Was the David Price trade meant to hurt the Rays?

That would make one heck of a national headline if true, wouldn't it? But let's think about this. Back when David Price was traded, the Rays were in the midst of a comeback from their slow start to the season were closing in on a .500 record. We were very much still in the race. And then BOOM! David Price was gone. The rest of season, as we know, was down hill from there. The Rays did manage to hit .500 but never above it and finished 8 games under .500 with a record of 77-85, good bad enough for 4th place in the AL East.

The immediate reaction to the trade was of shock and awe. Especially with the initially perceived small return. Many writers blamed it on them holding on to David for too long. But that reasoning never did sit well with me. Now with Andrew and Joe gone, I can't but wonder in passing, "was that trade meant to hurt the Rays?"

It only seems sorta logical to me. Let's face it, that's three very huge cogs in the Tampa Bay baseball machine gone within four months. And if Matt Silverman can't bounce the team back like we expect, it could be the death blows to baseball in Tampa Bay.

The conspiracy theory gained traction this afternoon with rumors that the Rays had talks with Montreal. Though the Rays deny it. And I don't know if to believe it, though I want to. The Montreal rumors have gone on for years, and Rays management has always stated they intend to stay in Tampa Bay.

But what if this was the first three moves that indicate the Rays have given up on Tampa Bay and are trying to move? What if?

Do I believe this conspiracy theory I have wrote here? No. Not really. But it is something to ponder. The Rays season was recovering like it had in past seasons, only to be derailed by the trade. It didn't seem like a smart trade to me at the time, and it still doesn't. Even in spite of Smyly doing better than Price the rest of the season.

Your team was in the middle of a good push and you mess with their heads by trading away their ace? One of the most liked guys in the locker room, and you trade him? That doesn't seem like smart Rays baseball to me. Sure, the Rays would have never been able to pay David. But he was there and the team was winning. Why would you mess with that unless you were trying to hurt the team? I wager his worth would have been the same come the offseason.

Now the Rays have Cobb, Silverman and no manager amongst swirling rumors they're talking to Montreal. Something about this just doesn't sit right with me. I could be wrong, and I hope I am. But we've been on the brink of baseball not working on Tampa Bay for a while, what if the Rays have given up?

Like I said, I hope I'm wrong. But it's something to think about going forward.

Oct 14, 2014

Andrew Friedman leaves the Rays for the Dodgers

Andrew Friedman
Friedman in 2011.
Courtesy: TBO.com
If you haven't heard by now, Andrew Friedman has left Tampa Bay for greener pastures in Los Angeles with the Dodgers. With LA obviously being a bigger market, he will have a much larger payroll (around $200M according to Cork Gaines) to play with and no longer be limited.

After such a disappointing season this year, I know that I was looking to Friedman to fix what he could this offseason and make the 2014 campaign an anomaly. Unfortunately, I think it will be the first of many to come.

Sep 9, 2014

No more Google Plus

Just a little update on the website. We will no longer be posting any updates to our Google+ page. We are ceasing this simply due to the lack of follow, and interaction on the page. We will be continuing our posting to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

A look at the 2015 Rays Schedule

Yesterday, the preliminary 2015 schedule was released. It's preliminary schedule, so things could change, but let's take a look at what we have for now.

Here are some of the things I noticed:

Apr 26, 2014

GAME REVIEW: Offensive Lapse

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W: Lindstrom (2-1)L: Balfour (0-1)S: N/A
TOG: 4:04Att.: 17,210

Well that was long and painful. Over four hours and the Rays come away with a loss. And why? Because of the Rays ever prevalent inability to be clutch as a team. A problem persistent since Derek Shelton's arrival in 2010. You don't draw 11 walks as a team and leave 11 on base and win. You just don't. This game should have been so far out of reach that the Abreu grand slam shouldn't have mattered. Let's delve deeper now.

Apr 24, 2014

Yankee fans alone in support of pine tar for pitchers

If you haven't heard already, last night Michael Pineda of the Yankees proved how much of an idiot he is. Nearly 2 weeks after getting busted by the media for using pine tar on his wrist in a game against the Red Sox. He did it again last night, again against the Red Sox. Only this time, the Red Sox were ready to pounce and pounce they did. It ended with him being ejected for an illegal foreign substance on his neck. (Video)

Apr 17, 2014

GAME REVIEW: Triple Trouble

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TOG: 3:13Att.: 28,085

It's safe to say that wasn't the game we were expecting tonight. The Rays came home to the Trop struggling mightily offensively and being "war torn" with 3 starting pitchers on the DL, one done for the year. The Rays needed a win to get their swagger back. But alas, the promising match-up of David Price and CC Sabathia failed to deliver. It wasn't a pitchers duel, it was a hit show. Unfortunately, the hit show was coming from the Yankees. The microcosm of the Rays season is summed up with the 2nd inning triple play pulled off by the Yankees on a hard hit ball by Sean Rodriguez.

Apr 8, 2014

Matt Moore to 15-day DL

Brian Kenny of MLB Network stated just a few minutes ago on MLB Now that Matt Moore is heading to the 15-day DL.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that the Rays have recalled RP Jeff Beliveau to fill Matt's spot on the 25 man roster and he has arrived in KC.

Apr 4, 2014

Some thoughts after the first series

David Price returns to the dugout after an inning
David Price returns to the dugout after an inning
Courtesy: USA TODAY Sports via FoxSportsFlorida.com
So I thought I would give my thoughts after the first series of the season. First and foremost, starting pitching needs to find itself. Yes, David Price and Chris Archer were themselves. However, both Matt Moore and Alex Cobb struggled. It was probably the first-start-of-the-season jitters, but they need to settle down and find their selves if this team is to have a hope at living up to it's potential.

Apr 2, 2014

New teammates ignore Fernando Rodney during first bow and arrow of 2014

As you know, Fernando Rodney didn't resign with the Rays this offseason. He ultimately signed with the Seattle Mariners and last night the M's were playing their game two under the lights in Anaheim. Rodney was brought in to close out a 8-3 victory over the Angels. He did it with a double play and did his bow and arrow routine. What happened next is kind of sad. See for yourself.

Mar 31, 2014

Opening Day!

With it being Opening Day, I thought I'd put my artistic side to work and write a little poem in celebration of the new season. Here it is.

Mar 20, 2014

Evan Longoria's daughter is 13 months old

In a bit of lightheartedness this late afternoon, I thought I'd point out that Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson's daughter Elle is 13 months old as of today. She was born February 20, 2013. The proud father sports his daughter's image as his profile picture on Twitter.

Now I hope you all will join me in a rousing edition of "D'aww".

Feb 24, 2014

Predicting the 2014 AL East


Will Myers works out at 2014 Rays Spring Training camp.
Courtesy: Jonathan Dyer/USA TODAY Sports
(via Fox Sports Florida)
Last year I gave my predictions for how I thought the AL East would go in 2013. Upon my recap this past November, I realized I did better than I thought I would, even though I completely missed the mark on the Sox. Well it's time to do it all over again. Here are my predictions for the 2014 AL East. I will be going in alphabetical order.

Baltimore Orioles: As I mentioned in my 2013 recap, 2013 for the O's was sub-par to their 2012 season. But we did see the emergence of "Crush" Davis. I mean, with 53 HRs last season, it's hard not to notice him. The O's lost Brian Roberts, K-Rod, Jason Hammel, Scott Feldman, Mike Morse, among others which can be seen here. The O's will be looking to bounce back from the aforementioned sub-par 2013 campaign. With their only stand out additions being Ubaldo Jimenez and Delmon Young, the O's were pretty quiet this offseason. Unfortunately for them, I can't see them returning to their magical form of 2012 and see 2014 being more like 2013. 2014 Prediction: 83-79, 4th place.

Feb 21, 2014

Rays left off Best Offseason list by MLBN host

Host of MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential (a show dedicated to the "thinking fan", or sabermetrics) Brian Kenny in his opening segment "High Heat" listed the teams he thinks had the best offseason Tuesday evening. The Rays were notably absent from the list, which named the Top 8 and goes:

Jan 30, 2014

#RoToTheTrop: Making Dreams Come True

The following article is a guest spot brought to us once again by Amanda, or MandaGator. To get in contact with or for more information from Amanda. Follow her on Twitter.

Ro or Raynaadi
Ro or @Raynaadi
Courtesy: @Raynaadi on Twitter
As a Navy brat in the 1970's we were stationed in the South China Sea on Okinawa for a number of years. Some military families refer to it as "stranded" not stationed, especially since that was prior to the internet or even cable television. There was one American broadcast TV station and one American broadcast radio station, both part of the American Armed Forces Network with limited on air hours. Phone calls were absurdly expensive so snail mail letters from family back home and magazines from the Commissary or PX were the primary methods of keeping "current" socially with our homeland.

For me, the beauty of the island, the culture of the people and being a kid with an inherently short attention span who had spent very little time actually in the USA, I didn't miss much about the states, to me we were stationed, not stranded. That is until we were sent for a short time to Fort Meade, Maryland where I had the good fortune of meeting Brooks Robinson at a gas station. I was in awe that THIS massive clod of a man was the same man my Dad and news announcers raved about being athletic!! Baseball became a lot more interesting to one little girl.

Jan 23, 2014

The Mad Austrailian is returning home to Tampa Bay

Grant Balfour
Grant Balfour
Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr
The Rays are set to resign Gran Balfour, bringing him home to Tampa Bay where he spent the 2007 through 2010 seasons. This is according to a tweet by Andew Rickli of SportsReel Boston.

The deal is for 2 years and worth 12 million dollars according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The deal was possible after the O's were originally set to sign Balfour to a deal of the same length and for $15 million earlier this offseason but the deal fell through after the O's had concerns over the physical. So expect Balfour to want to extract some revenge.

Balfour has spent the past 3 seasons in Oakland as the dominating closer for the A's.

For more information on the signing, see our friends at Rays Index.

We're glad to see the Mad Austrailian return home to Tampa Bay. Welcome home, Grant.

Jan 9, 2014

Rays sign Jayson Nix to minor league deal

Jayson Nix
Jayson Nix
Courtesy: Keith Alison/Flickr
Rays are reportedly signing utility player Jayson Nix to a minor league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal via Twitter.

The 31 year old has spent the past 2 years with the Yankees where he batted .236 with 3 HRs in 87 games in 2013.

Jan 3, 2014

Rays shouldn't trade David Price this offseason

David Price pitching at Camden Yards
David Price pitching at Camden Yards
Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr
All offseason we've heard how the Rays are gonna trade David Price and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. Well, we're 3 months in to the off season (November, December and January), Rays pitchers and catchers report in just over a month on Valentines Day (Feb. 14). David Price is currently still a Tampa Bay Rays player. As he should be. The Rays are not and should not be desperately trying to trade him. Yes, he can fetch more with two years of control left. But, let's think about this for a moment.

The Rays are, as they have been since 2008, in "win now" mode. The Rays want to win it all and bring the Commissioners Trophy to Tampa Bay. To do that, they have to give themselves the best chance possible. How would trading David Price help them in 2014? The simple answer is it wouldn't. You're not gonna see a trade that sends David Price elsewhere for someone that is an equal. So any trade would be a downgrade, whether it be a permanent downgrade or a temporary one while the talent grows in AAA.