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Rays' Kevan Smith Discusses Problems Faced Wearing Mask in Florida Amid Pandemic

As Tampa Bay Rays catcher Kevan Smith continues to take precautions against the coronavirus, the Pittsburgh told reporters of opposition to those precautions that he and his teammates have faced in Florida ...



JT Morgan’s mid-season Top 42 Rays Prospects

Where does Nick Bitsko fit?

This season or lack thereof definitely qualifies as unique and as such there won’t be much movement among my preseason rankings.

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The major additions come from the signing their 2020 draft class.

Nick Bitsko, RHP

Nick Bitsko received a lot of helium heading into draft including a writeup at ESPN by Kiley McDaniels. Bitsko wasn’t a late riser in the traditional...


Darby Robinson

View from the Catwalks: All aboard the hype train!

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Rays are becoming the chic pick in 2020.

Here’s why the Rays are made for 2020 - David Adler, MLB.com: The Rays are built perfectly for the weird 2020 season, and the baseball world has taken notice. New changeup, ‘nasty’ slider, Fairbanks set to go - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Name a better duo than the Rays and extremely nasty relievers. I’ll wait. Another year, another low-cost closer to the rescue for the Rays - John...



Oh crap, are the 2020 Rays getting too hyped?

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They’ve always been your favorite baseball writer’s favorite side piece, but now they’re actually being touted as favorites!

Every year it seems like there is one team that the collective baseball intelligentsia latches on to as The Team for that season. For 2020...

Have I mentioned how smart Buster Olney is?

Buster Olney Picks #Rays for World Series (via @carterfamilyins) https://t.co/mWL1EdVH2d

— RaysColoredGlasses (@RaysColoGlasses) June 24,...


Daniel Russell

Rays release 2021 regular season schedule

The Rays begin 2021 in Miami, end in NYC.

The Rays have released the 2021 regular season schedule, a surprise in the midst of a pandemic that has dramatically altered the 2020 schedule, and which the CDC estimates only 10% of the population has been exposed to thus far.

Side Note: A reporter for the New York Times made the analogy yesterday that if the pandemic were a baseball game, we are in the second inning...

Nevertheless, here we are:

For the first time in recent memory the Rays...


Daniel Russell

Rowdies, soccer team owned by the Rays, to debut on Fox Sports Sun

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies will debut on the network that carries Rays games on Saturday, July 11.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced their return to play match on Saturday, July 11 against Atlanta United 2 will air live on FOX Sports Sun.

The match is part of the opening weekend of games that will kick off the United Soccer League’s resumption of the 2020 season. This is the first time that FOX Sports Sun will broadcast a Rowdies...


Mister Lizzie

View from the Catwalk: Get ready for opening day, July 24 vs Toronto (fingers crossed)

Blake Snell! Throwing a ball! | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Rays News

Summer camp is underway, and let’s face it — this is not like anything any of us have ever experienced. There is baseball happening — or at least baseball practice happening.

We get glimpses of familiar faces (even if masked) in familiar baseball positions.

But does this feel normal? Does this feel like just another start of a baseball season but a few months delayed?

No, it does not.

Here are some...

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Rays Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool

Today marks the deadline for teams to submit to Major League Baseball their initial spring training player pools, which can comprise up to 60 players.


Adam Sanford

How important is baseball in 2020?

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Lying on the fence for a trivial game in uncertain times

Several years ago, in 2008, there was a tremendous play that occurred during a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox.

Jason Bay skied a ball to deep center field; Mitch Maier, the Royals center fielder at the time, went back and leapt, attempting to take a home run away from the former Ray. The ball bounded off of his glove and then, instead of continuing it’s momentum...


Daniel Russell

Rays release 60-game Schedule for 2020

Some quick observations.

MLB rolled out the full MLB schedule last night, revealing the Rays schedule to be a formidable challenge this season.

The Rays will face each AL East opponent for 10 games, although not equally split home and away, with the other 20 games divided amongst the NL East.

No more marathon

This is going to be a sprint https://t.co/BELW52IiWN pic.twitter.com/AcOkHTb9nu

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 6, 2020

Here are some thoughts:

The Rays will travel more miles...



In a shortened season, could Tyler Glasnow have an ERA of 0.00?

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The 60-game season provides lots of opportunity for statistical anomalies for the Rays

As we look ahead to what is likely to be the strangest season in memory—if not ever—we can anticipate many reasons to remember 2020 baseball. Chief among them may be the chance for some heavily-asterisked bits of history.

In 1994, when the Major League Baseball season was cut short by a strike (which managed to do something all previous world wars were unable to do:...

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Rays Summer Camp: Day Four; schedule officially released

Nick Anderson, Jalen Beeks, Diego Castillo, Pete Fairbanks, and Colin Poche threw live batting practice on the main field on Monday, while most of the work at Tropicana Field took place out of the view of media.

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Celebrating Brandon Lowe’s stats on his birthday

The Tampa Bay Rays have a stud second basemen who made the All-Star team as a rookie in 2019. Today we celebrate his birthday and his accomplishments!

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The Most Beloved Rays: Round 2 voting is open!

Who will make it to the sweet 16? Round 2 of voting is here! We are voting our way through the greatest and “most beloved” Rays players of all time in anticipation of the 2020 season, and you can vote for who you think should be moving on to the Sweet 16 below!


John Ford

View from the Catwalks: Just filthy

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Alvarado is sharp, and David Price opts out.

Masahiro Tanaka is out of the hospital after being struck in the head over the weekend by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton.

Giancarlo Stanton just lined a ball off Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, appeared to go right off his head.

Scary scene as the training staff runs out on the field. pic.twitter.com/uw0po8AIVK

— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) July 4, 2020

David Price will not play in the 2020...

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Rays Your Voice: News from Summer Camp with Darby Robinson

Darby Robinson joins the show to talk all the news from the Rays’ first week of Summer Camp Spotify Apple Baseball news! Players reporting... again! This should be a joyful time, right?

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How the Tampa Bay Rays can fill the holes in the batting order

The Tampa Bay Rays finished 15th in runs scored last season. We take a look at the stats to try and figure out how they can improve the offense in 2020.

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Rays Summer Camp: Day Two

Left-hander Jose Alvarado threw live batting practice session on Saturday, throwing 15 pitches (13 or 14 strikes) with no swings taken by Brandon Lowe or Willy Adames.

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Rays Summer Camp: Day One

32 of 37 players participated in eight-player groups during the first day of Summer Camp — AKA Spring Training 2.0 — at the Trop on Friday. Two others

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Rays lefty Snell puts comments behind, gets back to work

Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work after all

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