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If I had one word to describe Ben Zobrist it would be patient. Now, I don’t know him personally so he could be the most hot-headed man on the planet, but at the plate he is cool as a cucumber.His 37.4% swing rate was tied for second lowest with Kevin Youkilis (Joe Mauer was first with 35.4%), but Zobrist didn’t swing for good reason; he walked 14.5% of the time. Not surprisingly, his swing percentage on pitches outside the strike zone was 10th-best in the majors at 23.0%.This patience makes him a great fit for the third slot in the Rays’ lineup and he’s coming off his second-best offensive season in his career. Last year, when he did swing his bat he hit the ball hard as he posted a career-high 21.8% line drive rate. His .270 batting average doesn’t reflect this stat and that is evidenced by his .296 xBA.At a GlanceStrengths: R, RBI, HR/SB, BB, K, OBPNeutral: BA, SLGWeaknesses: NonePlayer ComparisonBest-case scenario: Chase Headley (SD)Likely scenario: Yoenis Cespedes (OAK), Shin-So...
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Tampa Bay Rays DH Luke Scott is a bizarre man. When Scott showed up at Rays Spring Training on Monday, he showed up with the head of a boar in tow. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times shared the picture to the right, and Gary Shelton of the Times has the full story on the head. Scott bounced through the clubhouse carrying a large boar's head — the first one he killed with...
The Tampa Bay Rays finished 2012 with a 90-72 record and 3 games shy of a wildcard berth. It was a season in which their star player, Evan Longoria missed 88 games due to injury. The Rays led the majors with a 3.19 team ERA and their staff was anchored by the AL Cy Young Award winner, David Price.
Tampa Bay also had a historic season from their closer, Fernando Rodney, who set a...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. The past is a distant memory for Yunel Escobar, something hed rather sweep into a dustbin and forget forever. For good reason, he wants to keep his gaze fixed on the path ahead. His uniform has changed, his colors are different, the clubhouse culture he enters with the Tampa Bay Rays is loose and free.
Still, a player's record is never discarded so simply...
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Luke Scott — a unique, eccentric fellow with interesting theories and thoughts on a variety of topics — arrived at spring training on Sunday afternoon with a curious object, something one wouldn’t typically consider a necessary accessory for a major league ballplayer to have in his possession as he embarks on camp: A boar’s head.
And no, we are...
Last season Rays DH Luke Scott told the Tampa Tribune that he had hunted down a wild boar and killed it with a spear–turns out he wasn’t lying.
As reported by Yahoo Sports Scott brought in the severed wild boar’s head for ‘show and tell’, a ritual manager Joe Maddon has continued on in spring training. While there has yet to be any photographic proof of the bizarre...
Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson are expecting their first child this week. Being the generous guy that he is, Longoria’s Tampa Bay Rays teammate David Price wanted to buy the couple something useful from their baby registry. After all, I can’t imagine there’s much a former Playboy Playmate and a professional baseball player can’t afford to buy for their child on their own...
After the Rays and David Price avoided arbitration back in January, many believed there may be hope that the 2012 Cy Young winner will stay in Tampa Bay for the long term. However, at the end of the day it’s still a business and Price realizes that. “I do know this could be my last year here — or half-year, whatever it is,” Price told FOXSports.com during an interview....
You wish, Yankees.With Spring Training here, it’s time for the most important part of any Major League Baseball preseason – checking out what kind of free stuff teams will be giving away this season. Naturally, most major market and successful teams worth a lick will be giving away the standards like t-shirts and hats, but teams that don’t do as well in drawing fans are sort...
Evan Longoria and Jamie Edmondson are having a baby. One teammate was unsure of what to give the couple and asked Longoria. So naturally the third-basemen told him breast pump.
“Hey, Evan told me to buy a breast pump. So I bought a breast pump.” said Price via USA Today.
The actual price of the pump was not announced but Price summed it up anyway.
“Most expensive thing on the...
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (11) | 2011 (3) | 2010 (1) | 2009 (4) | 2008 (1)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [90-72] AL East
AAA: [66-78] International League – Durham
AA: [74-63] Southern League – Montgomery
A+: [55-79] Florida State League – Charlotte
A: [80-60] Midwest League – Bowling Green
A(ss): [52-24] New York-Penn League — Hudson Valley...
The good vibes of spring training, and the beginning of baseball after a long winter, cover a lot of ills. Players get second chances, guys are excited to be around each other, and things that wouldn’t be acceptable in the thick of a competitive season — or, perhaps, in the rest of humanity — are laughed at and accepted.
Enter the boar head.
Luke Scott, who has one of the stranger...
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price is probably nearing the end of his tenure with the Rays. Price has two seasons of arbitration eligibility remaining after 2013, and will be in line for eight figure salaries after signing a $10.1 million contract for 2013. After the contracts recently signed by Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, and Matt Cain, Price figures to...
The Tampa Bay Rays have David Price under team control for a few more seasons, but history would tell you they are not opposed to trading him before their time with him is up. Price is 27 years old and one of the best left-handed starters in the game. If he continues to pitch the way he has over the past few seasons, he could be destined to become the highest-paid pitcher in MLB...
After dealing with injury issues last season, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is expected to be a large part of the team’s offensive plans this season. As the Rays prepare to play their first game of the 2013 spring training season, Longoria has reportedly left camp. Fear not Rays fans, Longoria is not injured, he has departed camp in order to be with his girlfriend in order to...
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Baseball season is approaching rapidly, and the strange happenings of Spring Training have already begun. Former Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott brought a wild boar head into camp today. Not sure why he’d do this other than to get some attention. Baseball players are a different bunch altogether.-TO
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