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Daniel Russell

We’re all rooting for the Nationals, right?

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

The World Series is here, and I think I’ve completed my mourning of the Rays postseason loss to the buzzsaw named Gerrit Cole.

Of course, there’s no shame in losing a series to Cliff Lee or Gerrit Cole or anyone of their ilk. Cy Young winners (even prospective ones) will do that to you. I’d like to think there’s a universe in which some tipped pitches allow the Rays to keep things scoreless for a...

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Arizona Fall League updates on all Rays prospects

The Tampa Bay Rays sent seven of their most promising prospects to Arizona this fall to compete in the Arizona Fall League. Here is an update on how they are doing. The Tampa Bay Rays sent top prospects Vidal Brujan, Shane Baz, and Ronaldo Hernandez along with Josh Lowe, Drew Strotman, Alex Valverde, and Simon […] Tampa Bay Rays: Arizona Fall League updates on all Rays prospects - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Mister Lizzie

Gameday Thread for the World Series: Nationals at Astros

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Next year it could be us! But in the meantime, stop by and share your thoughts.

Game one is tonight at 8:08. If you can’t make it to Minute Maid Park you can watch on Fox. Join your fellow and sister Rays fans to chat about it here:



A good problem to have? Rays must consider how to improve a team with so much depth

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Should they just run it back in 2020?

Ok, so your team just made the playoffs for the first time in six years. The had a decisive Wild Card game victory and pushed a heavily favored opponent to the brink of the ALDS.

You’ve gotten a taste of playoff baseball, and now you want to make sure this wasn’t a one-time deal. Ideally, the team even gets better and can put itself back into the crapshoot that is the MLB playoffs, where, despite Houston’s best...

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Why Daniel Robertson could be non-tendered

The Tampa Bay Rays have a number of difficult decisions to make this offseason regarding arbitration eligible players, but Daniel Robertson may prove to be the most difficult. As much as it pains me to write an article about the possible non-tendering of Daniel Robertson, it is a valid point in need of a discussion. […] Tampa Bay Rays: Why Daniel Robertson could be non-tendered - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and winter leagues: Franco hits offseason homer

Adam Sanford

The Rays had three more players begin offseason play last week.

The biggest minor league news wasn’t in Arizona last week but off the field. Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper reported on MLB’s stunning proposal to reshape the minor leagues. It’s important to note that it’s part of an ongoing negotiation, so the changes described aren’t guaranteed to take place. However, even changes that aren’t quite that drastic would change hundreds of careers and dozens of...



Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Houston or Washington?

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Not to write off New York until they’re truly dead and buried, but we’re never rooting for them regardless

With the Astros holding a commanding 3-1 lead over the Yankees, and the Nationals having already clinched their first-ever pennant in the NL, it’s time to think about which team the Rays fanbase will be supporting in the World Series at this point.

Clearly, if the Yankees storm back to a pennant we’ll be rooting for the Nats, and I think...



Looking ahead: Rays 2020 roster decisions

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off a successful 96-win season, a Wild Card game win, and a respectable (if ultimately unsuccessful) bid to win the division series.

With the season behind us, it’s time to take inventory of what the 2020 Rays could look like.

The Rays are a very young team, so it’s not surprising that they don’t have many pending free agents. Travis d’Arnaud, Avisail Garcia, and Eric Sogard are scheduled to hit free agency.

The Rays...

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Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro in running for Giants manager job

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro is in consideration for the Giants managerial opening (link). Quatraro, 45, was previously the assistant hitting coach for the Indians from 2014 through 2017, and served as the Rays’ third base coach in 2018. The New York native was an All-American as a player at Old Dominion and played for several minor league seasons following his selection in the eighth round of the 1996 MLB draft by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays....


Scott Grauer

Rays’ Franco, McKay among top prospects in respective leagues

Wander Franco was the top prospect in each league he played in this season | Adam Sanford

Some of the Rays’ top talent stacks up well against prospects from other organizations.

In recent weeks, Baseball America began prospect-ranking season when it rolled out its league top-20 prospect rankings for subscribers.

These lists can be interesting, maybe more than the organization lists — which is something I say every year for this post. A No. 1 prospect in an organization without depth...



Rays Postseason Attendance Analysis

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I started tracking and analyzing Rays attendance in 2014. That year, the Rays went 79-83, their first year under .500 since 2007. The year earlier, in 2013, the Rays made the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

The Rays continued to slump in 2014, again finishing under .500. The year that followed, 2015, was a rebuilding year. Gone were Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon, architects of the 2008-2013 contenders. In came Kevin Cash, Matt Silverman and...



Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Man, what a year

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

This is a good week for reflection and actually talking to friends and family

Now that we have all had to time to unwind from Game Five of the ALDS, and the division series as a whole, man is the takeaway clear: What an amazing season for the Rays.

They turned over plenty of the roster yet again, dealt with injuries on an unprecedented level, played in one of the toughest divisions in baseball yet again, but they were able to overcome all that for not just a...


Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and winter leagues: Rays impress in Fall Stars Game

Josh Lowe has remained productive this fall | Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

In addition to the Fall Stars Game Saturday, Wander Franco’s offseason schedule got underway.

It was the busiest week yet of the offseason. Half of the Rays’ Arizona Fall League contingent played in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, and Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana got underway — that means Wander Franco’s winter ball season has begun.

There was a lot written...


Mister Lizzie

Gameday Thread for remaining League Championship games

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Rays are out (sob) but we still like to watch. Share your thoughts here.

Sorry not to post this earlier, but I was observing the customary 48 hours of mourning following the demise of my team’s season.

We all agree that we want the Yankees to lose, right? I had hoped they’d be swept but too late for that.

As for the NL, I’m jumping on the Nats bandwagon because Sean Doolittle has a twitter thread showcasing independent bookstores in every city he...

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Rays' Tyler Glasnow Admits He Tipped Pitches in Game 5 ALDS Loss vs. Astros

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow admitted he was tipping his pitches following Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Division Series...


Darby Robinson

View from the Catwalks: End of the line, beginning of the next one

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rays season ends in the ALDS

This season ended shorter than we all would have wanted. The Rays team proved a lot of folks wrong each step of the way this year. They proved 2018 was no fluke and that it was just the beginning of something.

This year they won 96 games. They toppled the Oakland A’s on the road in front of 52,000+ rowdy people and made the Coliseum grow quiet. They then took the Houston Astros, the best team in baseball and one of the very...


Jared Ward

Rays: 1, Astros: 6 - Rays’ magical ride ends at the hands of Gerrit Cole

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No matter what, This Rays’ team is special

Win or go home. Game 5. Surprisingly I’m not stressed out. That is probably going to change.

We got knocked down.
We punched back.

Now we need to finish the fight.#StayHungry pic.twitter.com/lu13sor5AK

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 10, 2019

Let’s GO!

Cole started the Rays out with two strikeouts of Meadows and Pham, but fan favorite Ji-Man Choi worked a full count walk to give the Rays their...

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Look: Pirates' brilliant tweet gets savagely trolled by baseball world

As baseball fans tuned in for Thursday’s Game 5 ALDS clash between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates did their best to avoid being trolled on social media. A pitching duel between Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow gave fans the perfect opportunity to watch two of the game’s best pitchers. Coincidentally, both are former Pirates whose careers were immediately turned around after Pittsburgh traded them. Before fans could jump on Twitter to troll the Pirates for...

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Fans react to Tyler Glasnow's disastrous first inning in Game 5 of ALDS

The Tampa Bay Rays turned to pitcher Tyler Glasnow on Thursday in the hopes he could bring his dominant stuff for Game 5. Instead, the 26-year-old imploded at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros. Glasnow’s electric fastball didn’t fool anyone. Astros outfielders George Springer and Michael Brantley tore into the pitch with singles lined into the outfield. Once Houston got the crowd on its side and shook Glasnow’s confidence, the hits and runs poured on. After Altuve’s single...


Brett Phillips

GDT: oh my god this is finally happening

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I’m honestly gonna be sick.

The Rays are playing with house money but BOY this has been a wild ride!

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