The Rays have cut ties with team doctor Michael Reilly, who’s worked with the franchise since its 1998 inaugural season, after a former employee at his private practice accused him of sexual abuse that began when she was a teenager.
Broadly speaking, America has never been great on shame. Pride has always been a strong suit, and fucking things up in shameful and improbable ways was the national pastime long before a more racist version of Slimer from Ghostbusters got elected president, but shame just sort of never caught on here in the way that…
Various baseball insiders are reporting that the stove is hot this morning. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been shipped to the Giants in exchange for Denard Span and some other stuff:
Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel for the national anthem over the weekend. Maxwell, whose father served in the Army, explained that his demonstration had nothing to do with disrespecting the military:
Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría has nothing to offer but his defense—a career OPS of .627—but that defense can be really, really pretty. It definitely was in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Royals, as Hechavarría lept up to snare a Melky Cabrera liner before a quick toss to second that made a tricky…
Holy hell did Nelson Cruz get into this 0-1 meatball from Brad Boxburger of the Rays:
The Tampa Bay Lighting, Rays, and Buccaneers have just released a joint statement in which they offer to provide financial resources necessary to remove a Confederate monument from downtown Tampa.
The slow-simmering beef between Rays starter Chris Archer and Astros mascot Orbit has spilled over into outright violence. If you are sensitive or a child or a sensitive child, please don’t watch this.
In last night’s 6-4 Tampa win in Houston, Evan Longoria hit for the second cycle in the Rays’ history (following B.J. Upton’s in 2009). Had Longoria gone for his in those olden days, it wouldn’t have counted, as he’d have been called out going for the ninth-inning, two-out double that he needed to complete it. But we…
The Rays and Mariners made a weird trade this morning, completing an exchange of right-handed relievers that they seem to think will help them both capture the playoff spot for which they are directly competing. The Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez back to Seattle and will get Steve Cishek in return.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays today in exchange for reliever Drew Smith. The Mets are nine games out of the second wild card spot, so it makes sense for them to be sellers before the trade deadline.
Logan Morrison’s daughter, Ily, isn’t even two years old, but she knows the importance of setting priorities. Specifically—prioritizing dancing to your song over anything else, especially over something dumb like running the bases in anything that is not a baseball game.
Catcher Wilson Ramos exited after a scary moment in the fifth inning of tonight’s Orioles-Rays game—a broken bat that struck him right in the head during Ruben Tejada’s backswing.
Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. had to leave yesterday’s game against the A’s after sliding into second base during a steal attempt. The injury ocurred when his back foot dug too far into the dirt and caused his body to stretch awkwardly.
The Rays announced today that Colby Rasmus will “step away from baseball” and Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times reports Rasmus isn’t expected to return to the team this season.
There are two schools of thought on asking sports teams to weigh in on political issues. On the one hand, who cares: They’re just sports teams. But on the other hand, it’s really not that hard to give a bit of public support for basic decency. That’s why the Tampa Bay Lightning come off looking pretty bad in the…
Willy Garcia was the very lucky recipient of one bad read, one fumbled catch and one airmailed throw on a fly ball he hit to deep right field tonight. Granted all of those advantages, he was then thrown out at the plate:
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier’s defense has such a strong reputation that when he misplayed this fly ball in the first inning of Tampa Bay’s game Tuesday against the White Sox, umpires decided the ball must have struck one of Tropicana Field’s rings—and awarded batter Yolmer Sanchez a home run.