Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 4/6/12
The Rays enter the 2012 season from a different starting point than any other year. Even after winning the American League East in 2008, they were viewed as a team that could not repeat. When they did it again in 2010, the focus shifted on the gutting of talent on the roster as free agents went off to higher paying pastures. This year, more pundits than ever have pegged the Rays anywhere from a wildcard winner to the World Series Champion to which owner Stuart Sternberg has one thing to say - "everyone needs to come to their senses."  Joe Maddon is a bit more comfortable with those expectations and suggested the team needs to embrace them despite the injury challenges that have presented themselves this spring while Sternberg is not quite there yet. "Look at the lineup the Yankees are rolling out there today and look at ours.....everyone needs to come to their senses a bit." Sternberg prefers the underdog status the team has had the last few seasons and would like to take those ...
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