Ben Zobrist propels Rays in win over Pirates; Myers leaves in third

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Wil Myers left the game in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps, and Ben Zobrist doubled, scored a run and drove in a run as a Tampa Bay Rays split squad beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday. Myers, last year's AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg and bent over a few times. "As soon as it happened, the initial pain kind of...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Return of Ben Zobrist a positive note for Rays' spring

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At one point during infield drills, Joe Maddon knew Ben Zobrist would be fine. The Tampa Bay Rays' manager was carrying about his pregame routine Monday morning at Charlotte Sports Park when his second baseman's athleticism caught his eye. Zobrist was warming up as part of a five-man workout, testing his mobility after being held out of his team'...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #68: Ben Zobrist | 2B/SS/OF | TB

Ever since Ben Zobrist broke out with 27 HR and 17 SB in 2009, he’s been a valuable fantasy contributor. He’s also been one of my favorite targets every year, providing a stat line suited perfectly to H2H leagues (my league of choice). Though his batting average is never pretty, his HR and RBI are always good, and he’s had two 90/90 (R/RBI) seasons batting at the heart of Tampa...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Countdown to Cooperstown: Ben Zobrist

Can you imagine the outrage if Ben Zobrist was elected to the Hall of Fame? The riots that would break out in the friendly hamlet of Cooperstown, New York? Thousands of fans would storm the town, raiding the quaint baseball souvenir shops, demanding justice. Sportswriters would call for boycotts and fill their column space with hundreds of one sentence paragraphs. It would...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays re-sign three members of 2013 squad

The Tampa Bay Rays started off their offseason by re-signing three of the players that contributed to their playoff run this year.  The Rays exercised their options for starting second baseman Ben Zobrist, as well as starting shortstop Yunel Escobar.  Zobrist will be making $7.25 million and Escobar will be making $5 million for the 2013 season. David DeJesus and Yunel Escobar...
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist picked to rep Rays in 2013 All-Star Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tampa Bay Rays infielder Ben Zobrist was named Saturday as a American League team reserve for the All-Star Game, to be played July 16 at Citi Field. This is Zobrists second selection to the All-Star Game, his first coming in 2009. I was shocked, Zobrist said in a statement released before the Rays game against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. I...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist plunked, but Rays win battle of scoreboard

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ben Zobrist stood in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse with a fresh red mark on his right wrist, a symbol of his anger and pride. Baseball is a game of unwritten rules, of scores made and scores settled, and he assumed a Detroit Tigers pitcher would plunk someone before the day was through. That someone turned out to be him, five pitches into right-hander Rick...
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June 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist makes fans day with elementary school visit

For one morning, Ben Zobrist went back to school and made a fans day. On May 28, the Tampa Bay Rays infielderoutfielder was a special guest of second-grader Alex Ortiz of Corbett Preparatory School of Independent Day School in Tampa. Alex, 7, won the chance to enjoy Zobrists company as part of the annual Take Ben Zobrist to School event sponsored by MetroPCS. Alex introduced...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Measure it: Zobrist MLB's best

Ben Zobrist, best player in baseball. Doesn't sound right, does it? But according to, Zobrist is the major-league leader in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) since 2009 -- and in the's version of WAR, he is second only to Miguel Cabrera during that time. I know what you're thinking -- c'mon, no way. Zobrist, who turns 32 on May 26...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay doubles down with Zobrist

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Of the 934 players to appear in a major league game last year, the surname that was dead last in the alphabet could be found in Tampa Bay. But fortunately for the Rays, Ben Zobrist ranks high on a different list: as one of the best players in baseball. In fact, ESPNs Top 100 ratings for 2011 placed the 30-year-old switch-hitter at No. 62. And when it comes...
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March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

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