Found February 06, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Ben Zobrist
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
Would Ben Zobrist be an All-Star if he played only one position? Rays beat reporter Bill Chastain answers that question and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.

Player Profile #74: Ben Zobrist | 2B/OF | TB

Remember that Rays-Twins doubleheader on April 28 when Ben Zobrist erupted for 10 RBI, going 7-for-10 with two homers, five runs scored and a stolen base? I do. If you remove that one day from Zobrist’s 2011 stat line, he finishes the season with a line of 95 runs, 18 homers, 81 RBI, 18 steals and a .261 average. Those stats would have ranked 85th last season instead of 40th. That’s...

Carlos Pena Among Rays' Quiet Offensive Upgrades As Tampa Bay May Pose Even Stronger Threat in AL East

The silent style suits the Rays perfectly. Since 2008, Tampa Bay has lurked in the bushes, quietly leapfrogging rivals for elusive playoff spots -- see the 2011 Red Sox -- or division titles -- see the 2010 Yankees. Staying true to form, the Rays' offseason has been silently productive. By signing first baseman Carlos Pena, the team regained one of the key cogs from its run to...

Sun Sports to televise 150 Rays games in 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Sun Sports will produce and televise 150 Tampa Bay Rays games in high definition during the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Coverage begins on Opening Day when the Rays host the rival New York Yankees on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, both home and away game telecasts will feature half-hour Rays LIVE pregame shows and all will...

Four teams still interested in Damon

Even after hitting 16 homers and batting .261 last season, Johnny Damon is still on the free agent market. He actually hasn’t even had any serious offers yet which doesn’t surprise me. It’s probably due to his asking price, it’s always too high. Lucky for him though a tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden said that there are still four teams interested in him. So I guess he’s...

Player Profile #79: B.J. Upton | OF | TB

Seeing as George is such a fan of B.J. Upton, I almost let him write this player profile. I’m not a huge fan of Upton, but I can be objective…or at least I can try. Just like Chris Young, who we ranked at 105, Upton is a low-average hitter with an elite power/speed combination. Upton has more speed than Young, stealing 40-plus bases each year from 2008-2010, and finally flashed...

Zobrist a jack-of-all-trades player for Rays

Ben Zobrist is one of the last names you'll find in the Baseball Encyclopedia, but he's near, or at the top, in several highly subjective categories: best all-around defender and most versatile player in the game.

Rays' Joyce gets young ball players into the swing

Matt Joyce returns to the North Brandon Little League where his camp offers kids tips, a chance to talk to a big leaguer, and $10,000 for the organization to do some field renovations.

Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Top-50 Prospects

It is time for us to FINALLY unveil our Top-50 prospect list for the 2012 season. Inside you will find a subscriber-only sneak peak at our rankings, which will be released for all towards the end of Spring Training.

Rays' organization preview, Top 20 Prospects

Pitching prospects like the Rays' Matt Moore do not come around very often, and the young left-hander deserves credit for harnessing his natural ability and developing into a Major Leaguer.
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