Posted November 11, 2011 on
Rays' pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and manager Joe Maddon are both favorites to win MLB postseason awards. Winning the awards would be the icing on the cake to an already successful year for the franchise. More on their chances inside, plus Notes & Quotes and a Roster Report.

Trading B.J. Upton to the Nationals would be a good move for the Rays

Upton's power surge led to his best season in 4 years. ( At the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline, one name mentioned on every rumor site was B.J. Upton. The deadline came and went, and Upton remained in Tampa. People were somewhat surprised. But the non-trade turned out to be for the best for the Rays. Upton put up a .280/.377/.497 line the rest of the season to help the...

Japan to Manny: No thanks

Any chance Manny Ramirez had to jump start his career is reportedly out the window, due to the amount of 'baggage' the mercurial slugger carries with him. 

Could the Rays sign Grady Sizemore?

With all the rumors swirling about a possible B.J. Upton trade, the Rays have to consider who will be their outfielders of the future. Upton will not be a part of the picture as he’s one year away from free agency and is extremely unlikely to give the Rays a discount. They have Desmond Jennings and apparently Matt Joyce assured occupying two of their outfield spots in the coming...

Shoppach has fond memories of time with Rays

Now that the decision has been made by the Rays to not exercise Kelly Shoppach's 2012 option, the veteran catcher wanted to express his feelings about how special he considered his time with Tampa Bay.

Kidnapping Could Impact Rays Off-Season Plans

Yesterday afternoon, Wilson Ramos, a rookie catcher for the Washington Nationals was kidnapped near his home in Venezuela. And while the impact on the Rays is far from the most important thing associated with this case, it could have a huge impact on the Rays off-season plans. The Nationals have long been considered the team most interested in trading for BJ Upton. And it is no secret...

The One Where We Discuss Shields’ Book, Burrell’s Career, And Unis

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) James Shields will be signing copies of his new book on Monday from 5:30-8:00 pm at Beef O’Brady’s on S. MacDill in Tampa. September Nights is a behind the scenes look at the Rays and their playoff run at the end of the 2010 season. THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… Pat Burrell says his baseball career is probably over. [SFGate...

Shields to sign copies of ‘September Nights’ Monday night in Tampa

ROGER MOONEY James Shields will sign copies of his book “September Nights,” from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Beef O’Brady’s in Tampa (2319 S. MacDill Ave.) Shields co-wrote the book with Bill Chastain, who covers the Rays…

Tampa Bay Rays in line for two awards, another strong finish this week

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Lets Play GM

What fan doesn’t think they are smarter than their teams GM? Well I don’t claim to be, after all I would be at Yale, Williams, Amherest etc. pursuing the job if I was. In a perfect world(My world), here’s how the Red Sox will look next year. Manager When Theo Epstein hired Terry Francona in 2004, the man who was runner-up was Joe Maddon. Maddon has become the most valuable...
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