Found January 09, 2012 on The Flagrant Fan:
Except for the lack of fannies in their seats and dollars in their coffers, the Tampa Bay Rays are the darlings of baseball. The front office is continually feted and they sport the current American League Manager of the Year in their dugout. The Bay Rays are a talented team with the kind of young pitching that can again push them to battle for the AL East title. But, they are not without question marks. They do not yet know who will play first base or which bat will be the designated hitter. But perhaps their biggest question mark heading into the spring is who they will employ at shortstop.Shortstop was a disaster last year. As a team, the shortstops did perform a tick above league average in the field, but at the plate, it was a wasteland. In 596 total plate appearances, the Bay Rays' shortstops threw up this amazing slash line: .193/.256/.282. They combined to strike out 147 times and walked only 35 times. They hit only 26 extra base hits all season. Now, it's not like t...

The Rays Rotation Has Been Set Up To Dominate In 2012

One of the biggest concerns with young starting pitchers is their workload and easing them into a 200-ip season. The Rays typically prefer to limit their starters to a 20 percent increase in innings from one season to the next. If a pitcher exceeds that mark, they could be at a higher risk for injury or just a tired arm in the next season. Last year, we saw the red flag with David...

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Inbox: Can Rodriguez play first base?

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Orioles & Blue Jays Send Representatives To Watch Manny Ramirez Hit

    Last offseason Manny Ramirez signed with the Tampa Bay Rays but his stay didn’t last long. During spring training Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance and facing a 100-game suspension decided to retire. Last month he was officially reinstated by MLB baseball and still faces a 50-game suspension that will begin when [...]

Fuld to host Diabetes Sports Camp at USF on Feb. 3 and 4

Sam Fuld, in partnership with the Rays, the University of South Florida Diabetes Center and USF Athletics, and Florida Diabetes Camps will host the Inaugural Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports Camp at USF on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4. Fuld, who was diagnosed with…

The One Where We Discuss An Expensive Closer, Another DH, And Harbor Island

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) The Rays may not be done adding relievers, and now they are setting their sight a bit higher. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rays are one team that will become more active in pursuing former Phillies closer Ryan Madson if he has trouble finding the right deal and his price comes down. Madson is reportedly seeking...

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Sobsequy: The Love Song of T.S. Elliot Johnson (A Utilityman Ballad) by Adam Sobsey

(After Prufrock) … The key play was Elliot Johnson's failed bunt attempt in the second inning. With two on and one out, the Rays gave Johnson - who had two hits and 13 strikeouts in his previous 28 at-bats - a sign to bunt for a hit. But Johnson, who later said he was somewhat uncomfortable with the assignment, popped it up, and the inning died soon after when Jennings...
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