What is hell? No one can truly say, but it may involve watching the 2017 Tampa Bay Rays, whose pitchers waste more time than any other team’s. How bad is it? Matt Andriese, Chris Archer, and Alex Cobb, who rank as the three slowest starters in the majors, are averaging 28.2, 26.7, and 26.6 seconds, respectively,…
Rays manager Kevin Cash played for Terry Francona on the Red Sox for three seasons and coached alongside Francona with the Indians from 2012-2014. He took the Rays job after leaving the Indians, and since then, Francona has welcomed Cash back to Cleveland by messing with him. In 2015, he played some tame pranks on…
Last year, Kevin Kiermaier hit .246 with 12 homers—nothing stellar—but he won a Gold Glove for his second consecutive season and anchored the Tampa Bay Rays’ outfield defense. He has quite a hole to dig himself out of if he wants to repeat for 2017.
It looked like Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer hit a home run today against the Tampa Bay Rays. His long fly ball to left was slicing toward the foul pole and would’ve gone over the fence for a run, if not for outfielder Corey Dickerson reaching over the short fence to rob Hosmer.
Lorenzo Cain came up in the top of the third last night with a man on second base. He singled to center, and Alcides Escobar scored. But thanks to his speed and a misplay by Kevin Kiermaier, he ended up circling the bases on his single up the middle.
Marcell Ozuna is NOT a fan of the Rays’ 2011 AL Wild Card banner and he will do anything he can to see it die.
The Baltimore Orioles lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays tonight but Manny Machado made the heads-up baseball play of the night when he smartly read the spin on Evan Longoria’s foul ball and nabbed him at first.
Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins, and second baseman Ian Kinsler watched a couple easy of fly balls drop between them in the first three innings of Wednesday’s 8-7 loss against Tampa Bay:
Michael Pineda, the former blue-chip prospect who still gives the occasional flash of brilliance, almost gave the Yankees a home opener for the ages today. What he gave them instead was still pretty damn good, though.
There’s no polite way to say this: These photos of Colby Rasmus are the worst thing I’ve ever seen.
It’s good to be Ben Zobrist. After leaving Tampa, where he put in nine productive seasons, he’s now a back-to-back World Series champion, helping bring championships to both the Royals and the Cubs, two midwestern teams with disparate, but notable droughts. Oh, and he delivered the decisive hit to make the Cubs World…
Dustin Pedroia scored an incredibly wacky run today, jumping around Rays catcher Luke Maile and eventually putting his nuts in Maile’s face to give the Red Sox their 11th straight win.
Chris Archer lost twice tonight, first to the Red Sox, then to his sweatshirt.
Yesterday, the San Francisco Giants traded third baseman Matt Duffy to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for starting pitcher Matt Moore. Unfortunately, Duffy’s extremely large cat, Skeeter, is not cut out for the sweltering Florida climate.
Fox Sports cameras afforded Rays infielder Steve Pearce no privacy during Tampa Bay’s typical loss tonight to the A’s. In Pearce’s defense, Rays players have struggled with that bathroom door in the past.
The Rays dedicated last night’s Pride Night in St. Petersburg to victims and survivors of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, and the team’s pledge to donate all proceeds to charity resulted in a paid attendance of 40,135—the most to attend a regular season game since the 2006 home opener.
Sometimes, baseballs get put out to pasture gently, getting tossed to a fan then spending the rest of their life on a shelf or something. However, not all baseballs are so lucky. Some meet much more violent ends, like this one that Corey Dickerson smashed the daylights out of.
Last night’s game in St. Petersburg featured a lengthy delay as a 63-year-old woman was stretchered out of the stadium after being struck in the eye by a foul ball that found its way through a gap in the safety netting.