Posted October 25, 2011 on
Every Wednesday I discuss what is happening with the Tampa Bay Rays. This week I preview the upcoming off-season and take a look at the Rays chances of making the postseason in 2012. I also discuss potential scenarios for James Shields and B.J. Upton.

Inbox: Will Shoppach be back in 2012?

Will the Rays exercise their option on Kelly Shoppach? Will the offense improve next season? Bill Chastain answers your questions in the latest Inbox.

Maddon: “I am a Ray and I want to be a Ray”

WEEI in Boston recently spoke with Joe Maddon and asked him about the possibility of managing the Boston Red Sox… “Honestly, I love where I work and who I work with…But right now, at this point in my life, there’s no other place I would rather be than the Tampa Bay Rays. I mean that sincerely. Ownership. Front office. Players. Coaching staff. I cannot ask for a better situation...

Cubs could get interested in manager Joe Maddon if Rays allow him to go

CHICAGO - Andrew Friedman, the supposedly unavailable general manager of the Rays, recently went for dinner in...

Maddon makes sense as manager candidate

Phil Rogers: Would Joe Maddon come to the Cubs when his Rays contract expires after next season? If so, he'd be worth waiting for. If the Cubs somehow wound up with both Theo Epstein and Maddon, that would be some daily double.

Loyalty will likely keep Friedman, Maddon with Rays

Other teams – with more cash to offer – have obviously taken notice of the miracle work done by Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon, writes Joe Henderson.

My Trip To Game 5 Of The World Series

I had the privilege of covering game five of the World Series for Business Insider. Here is a link to my photo diary, a behind-the-scenes look at a World Series game. [BUSINESS INSIDER] Related posts:Odds On Winning World Series Just Went For Rays [VIDEO] Several Rays Get Their Mohawks On Prior To Game 5 Of World Series More Painful World Series Participant: Burrell Or Hamilton...

Maddon named Sporting News AL manager of the year

Joe Maddon and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kirk Gibson have been voted Sporting News’ 2011 American League and National League managers of the year. The Rays started the season with six consecutive losses and were nine games back in the wild-card race on Sept. 2. But Maddon led them to win…

Maddon, Gibson win top manager award

The Rays' Joe Maddon and the D-backs' Kirk Gibson on Monday were selected as Sporting News' 2011 American League and National League managers of the year, respectively. The award is presented by Gillette Odor Shield.

NL East Update: The one where the Marlins need James Shields

Could the Florida Marlins lure starter James Shields to Miami? Sources say that the team is preparing for a serious run for the current Tampa Bay Ray. I actually think Shields would be a good fit with the Marlins if he came at the right price. Him and Josh Johnson would make a nice one-two punch of the top. With CJ Wilson the prize of the pitching market this off-season, there clearly...
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