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Rays 2018 Season Review: Offense

The 2018 Tampa Bay Rays offense was much different than their 2017 iteration of their roster. There were players lost to free agency and players traded away. The Rays also acquired CJ Cron and Joey Wendle in trades and were expecting to transition to youngsters Willy Adames and Jake Bauers at some point in the season. The offense was surprisingly good. They were always going to be a solid defensive team, but the youth and inexperience at the plate was a big unknown. Despite hitting 78 fewer...

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Adam Sanford

View from the Catwalk: Rocco Baldelli interviews with Texas Rangers

Another day, another interview for Rocco Baldelli

Rays News Rocco Baldelli continued his busy offseason as he interviewed with another team for their managerial position, this time it was the Texas Rangers who came calling Baseball America ranked the top 20 prospects in the Gulf Coast League this summer, with Matthew Liberatore and Nick Schnell cracking the list for Tampa Bay An update on the Rays lawsuit against Centerplate, their former concessionaire of 20 years MLB Pipeline named...

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The Key to The Rays Success in 2019 Could Reside in The Desert.

The key to the Rays success in 2019 could be Paul Goldschmidt, the perennial MVP candidate who lies dormant this October in the desert.  Paul Goldschmidt, perennial MVP candidate, elite run producer and gold glove defender could be the key to the Tampa Bay Rays success in 2019. The Rays will be looking to add an […] The Key to The Rays Success in 2019 Could Reside in The Desert. - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Offseason outlook: Tampa Bay Rays

In one of the most fascinating seasons in recent memory, the Rays overhauled their roster, rid themselves of virtually all major financial commitments, experimented with a new way of how to view a “starting pitcher”… and were all the better on the field for it. The Rays shocked baseball with a 90-win season, defying the preseason belief in some quarters that they’d be one of the league’s worst teams. Instead, Tampa will now look to augment an already-talented core group with a few...

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Talented Rays prospects flex muscles in AFL

The depth of the Rays' farm system was on display during Monday's Arizona Fall League game between the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas, with five Rays participating.

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Donate to Hurricane Michael victims, get free Rays tickets

The Rays are doing their part to help those in need It’s been a few days since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle, one of the worst storms in make landfall in that area in history. Those affected by the storm are in significant need of relief. The Tampa Bay Rays are doing their part, they’re requesting donations and are willing to give you two free tickets to a Rays home game during the 2019 regular season. Among the items they would like to see donated include: - Cases...

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10 years ago, the Tampa Bay Rays laid siege to Fenway Park

Has it really been a decade? It has now been 10 years since the Tampa Bay Rays shocked the baseball world and gave the sport one of the most historic turnaround in its history. The stunning reversal led to an intense rivalry with the Boston Red Sox, with whom the Rays had enjoyed highly contested matchups all season long. The Rays would win the division, while the Red Sox took the Wild Card. Poetically, the two teams met in the League Championship Series. Part of the caveat of the two...

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Scott Grauer

Rays prospects and winter leagues: Arizona Fall League underway

Lucius Fox is off and running in the Arizona Fall League.

This offseason, we’ll take a weekly look at Rays players in the various offseason leagues. The Arizona Fall League kicking off is the perfect time to start.

Hitters OF Ryan Boldt, Arizona Fall League

This week: 8 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 4 K
Offseason: 8 AB, .250 BA/.250 OBP/.250 SLG

Boldt missed the last two months of the season with Double-A Montgomery. It was poor timing for the 2016 second-round pick, who was in the midst of a breakout...

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Scott Grauer

Rays top 50 prospects review: Nos. 41-50

Ian Gibaut and Hunter Wood stood out for Durham in 2018.

Prior to the season, we released a top-50 prospects list (I am aware of when that post is dated, but it’s the only post we have that contains the entire list.) With the season over, it’s a good time to check in on that list and see how the players fared.

No. 50 RHP Ian Gibaut: 2.09 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 33.8 K%, 9.5 BB% in 56 IP for Triple-A Durham)

Gibaut’s rise up the organizational ladder continued with another strong season in...

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Adam Sanford

View from the Catwalk: Baldelli interviews with Cincinnati

Rocco to the Reds, will Cron be traded, and is replay broken?

Rays Links The potential poaching from the Tampa Bay Rays continues as Rocco Baldelli has been interviewed by the Cincinnati Reds to fill their manager position MLB.com looked at each team’s best postseason moment, with the end of the 2008 ALCS ranking as the Rays top moment Marc Topkin wonders if the Rays will move on from C.J. Cron this offseason, despite the solid performance he provided Rays Colored Glasses looks back at...

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Adam Sanford

The Rays success in 2018 can be traced to three pivotal days from the 2017 offseason

Trading Longoria, designating Corey Dickerson, so much turnover... were these the right choices?

The Tampa Bay Rays surprised most by winning 90 games in what was by any consideration a rebuilding year, and a season of tanking to others.

That success can be traced to three all-important days from the 2017 offseason. With another offseason ahead of us, let’s look back on those three pivotal days.

December 20th, 2017 Tampa Bay trades 3B Evan Longoria and cash to San Francisco for OF...

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The Clock is Ticking On C.J. Cron’s Time in a Rays Uniform.

Normally, we aren’t asking ourselves what to do with a right handed batter who hit a career high 30 home runs in 2018. But, here we are asking ourselves that very question as we head into what might be the most active and expensive offseason in Rays history.  Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay […] The Clock is Ticking On C.J. Cron’s Time in a Rays Uniform. - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays Season Awards: MVP

  In a year full of surprises, the Rays MVP should not surprise anyone. Blake Snell, Mallex Smith, and Joey Wendle rose above all other Rays players in 2018 and put the team on their back. They proved to be the most valuable players and just so happened that one is an infielder, an outfielder, and […] Tampa Bay Rays Season Awards: MVP - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays OTD: ALCS Edition

0 years ago today, Rays manager Kevin Cash stepped up to the plate at Fenway Park in front of 38,133 silenced fans and hit a 3rd inning leadoff homer to pull his Red Sox within 4 runs.  Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria both hit 1st inning bombs, Carl Crawford went 5 for 5, and the Rays piled on […] Tampa Bay Rays OTD: ALCS Edition - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rays likely moving on from C.J. Cron

The Rays are “likely” to move on from 1B/DH C.J. Cron, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Though Cron, 28, smashed 30 homers en route to a career-best (122 wRC+) output at the plate, he’s averaged just 0.8 WAR per season since debuting in 2014 for the Angels and and posted a meager .300 OBP against right-handed pitching in ’18, well below the benchmark for a quality regular at the position. The left-hand dominant Rays appear to be in the market for an “impact”...

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Evan Longoria Blockbuster: A Season Later

As a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays, I would be lying if I said I still didn’t walk into the Trop looking for Evan Longoria to be penciled in the lineup at third base. I would be lying if I said that over the course of this past season I didn’t expect “Down and Out” […] The Tampa Bay Rays and Evan Longoria Blockbuster: A Season Later - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Hello…We’re Back!

After a short hiatus, Rays Colored Glasses is back and better than ever. Now, I want to hear from you! What do you want to read about? Whether it be possible trades or stadium news, if you want it, we will write about it. Over the course of the offseason, there will be a series […] Hello…We’re Back! - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Under the Radar Second Half Surprises for the Rays

Some were good; some were bad With the Rays 2018 season officially in the books for the past couple of weeks, fans can now turn to the part of the offseason where they pore over the FanGraphs splits pages looking for cool or unique stats to pass the time until next April. (We’ve got a ways to go, folks.) Today, let’s take a look at some interesting second-half splits. Although less telling than overall season stats, there can still be some interesting information to cull from a few of...

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Slack chat: Which arbitration eligible players will the Rays keep?

Chaz Roe, C.J. Cron, Matt Duffy, Jesus Sucre and Vidal Nuno go under the microscope.

Editor’s Note: Tommy Rancel recently evaluated the six arbitration eligible players on the Rays roster for The Athletic. What follows is a slack chat from JT and Darby reacting to that article. Enjoy!

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JT Morgan: Rancel is typically spot on, but I think he’s very wrong on Roe.

You aren’t doing better for $1.4 mil in salary unless you find a veteran on a MiLB deal that works. It seems to say the Rays...

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Dominik Vega

Finding Chaz Roe’s best sliders from 2018

When did Roe throw his best sliders on the season?

Chaz Roe has one of the most exciting sliders in all of baseball. With an average spin rate of over 2,800 RPM, Roe’s sliders have real zip to them.

I’ve embarked on a journey to look for Roe’s best sliders from the 2018 season and find out which one was his best.

Using a combination of sources such as Baseball Savant, Brooks Baseball and MLB.tv, every Chaz Roe slider from 2018 has been narrowed down to a quality top five, with one...

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