WATCH: Rays C Ryan Hanigan tags out two runners in one play

It’s just your standard 6-2 (tag) -4-3-2 (tag) double play.  In what has to be a major league record, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan recorded two tag outs on the same play to preserver a 2-0 lead early.  Watch the alert fielding (and communication) by all Rays involved (via MLB.com): One would expect no less from a Joe Maddon managed team, who is known for having a defense...
Via Reading Between The Seams
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals SS Alcides Escobar Makes Incredible Over-The-Shoulder Juggling Catch

We’re not even halfway through the month of April, but Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has already made what will likely be one of the best catches we’ll see in the 2014 MLB season. Watch Escobar make a ridiculous over-the-shoulder, juggling grab to rob the Tampa Bay Rays’ Ryan Hanigan of a hit on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium: Next Impulse Sports
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Alcides Escobar makes ridiculous no-look catch (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Alcides Escobar made a ridiculous no-look catch on Wednesday that really showed off his glove and defensive instincts. Ryan Hanigan was up with one on and nobody out in the top of the second of a 0-0 game between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays, and he […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco returns from disabled list

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been activated from the disabled list after being sidelined since the middle of spring training with an oblique injury. Cincinnati traded Ryan Hanigan to the Rays this winter in large part because they wanted to clear the path for Mesoraco to take over as the starting catcher at age 25. Brayan Pena started four of the six games in his absence and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Odorizzi picks up first MLB win as Rays thump Rangers

Sean Rodriguez and Ryan Hanigan each homered and Jake Odorizzi picked up his first big-league win as the Rays throttle the visiting Rangers on Friday night.
Via FOXSports.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays lineup breakdown

The core is preserved, and the core is strong. "Optimism" is the buzzword within the Tampa Bay Rays these days. The reason why is found in the return of so many key faces, from first baseman James Loney to third baseman Evan Longoria to shortstop Yunel Escobar to second baseman Ben Zobrist and more. The good feelings are many. The good feelings are justified. Turnover is...
Via Fox Sports Florida
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sure gloves: Rays defense shining early in spring

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- It's only March 7, which means little can be read from early spring results, but Alex Cobb finds defensive returns pleasing. Progress now, payoff later. ''Defense isn't going anywhere,'' the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander said, after he threw three scoreless innings and allowed two hits in his team's 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mesoraco analyzes each Reds starting pitcher

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For success, the relationship between catcher and pitcher needs to be on a special level, like husband and wife without the bickering. The baseball cliche is, "We need to be on the same page," but with a catcher and pitcher it is more like being in the same paragraph or being in the same sentence. Every pitch thrown can be a success that leads to victory...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds owner blames media for under performing season ticket sales

Reds owner Bob Castellini is not happy with the way the media has portrayed his team this offseason. Namely, as it pertains to Cincinnati's relatively quiet offseason.Over the winter, Cincinnati lost Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo to free agency, signed Skip Schumaker and Brayan Pena, traded Ryan Hanigan for pitching prospect David Holmberg, and signed Homer Bailey to a long...
Via Redlegs Review
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Rotters and Sleepers – Catchers

Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America Success in fantasy baseball (or sports in general) depends greatly on recognizing inefficiencies in the market and in managing risk. Every good fantasy owner takes some risks on draft day. The question is whether they are intelligent risks or foolish risks. The buzz word around all fantasy sports is in the search for so-called “sleepers...
Via The Fantasy Fix
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching up with new Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Choices were made, and because of them, Ryan Hanigan has a new home. The Cincinnati Reds signed free agent catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal last November, leaving Hanigan, with the Reds for the first seven years of his career, dangling as an attractive trade piece for teams with a need behind the plate. Enter the Tampa Bay Rays. Hanigan was shipped southeast...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Catcher’s Dog Wins Ribbon In Westminster Dog Show

Spring training hasn’t started yet, and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Hanigan is already winning off the field. Hanigan’s dog, an Australian Shepherd, earned a ribbon Monday at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show at Madison Square Garden. The 3-year-old dog named Vivian (her stage name is Copperridge What’s Your Dream) beat out 43 other Australian Shepherds to win...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Catcher’s Dog Wins Best in Breed at Westminster

While the rest of America is captivated by the Olympics there is another event that has people barking, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Tampa Bay Ray’s catcher Ryan Hanigan had a dog in the show named Copperridge who took home Best in Breed on Monday for Austrian shepherd. Ah, the offseason. When we stare at the dogs of ballplayers.
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dog Owned By Andover's Hanigan Wins Show

Former Andover High School standout and current Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan now owns a champion. He and his wife are the proud owners of a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd named Copperridge What’s Your Dream, who just won 'Best of Breed' at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Hey, it's a slow news day.
Via FenwayNation
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays catcher's dog wins big at Westminster Dog Show

Ryan Hanigan has spent parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues.  That said, it's pretty safe to say that his crowning achievement happened Monday night. You see, of the 2845 entries (and 190 breeds!) at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Tampa Bays Rays catcher's pooch, an Australian shepherd named Copperridge What’s Your Dream, brought home the Best...
Via Hall of Very Good
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays could trade Jose Lobaton

With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of their catchers suffers an injury, but could trade him to a team in need of a back-up towards...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 03, 2014  |  1 Comment

Tampa Bay Rays Hitters Preview: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Projections

  C Ryan Hanigan 2013: 70 GP, 222 AB, 17 R, 44 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 29 BB, 27 SO, 0 SB, 1 CS, .198 BA/.306OBP/.261 SLG/.567 OPS. Hanigan was acquired via trade from Cincinnati in the offseason. He will get the bulk of the work behind the plate in 2014. Hanigan [...]
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays' first-round pick Nick Ciuffo ready to work and grow

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's anticipation. Then there's reality. Catcher Nick Ciuffo is living the transition within these walls, here in the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse during the team's winter development program Wednesday afternoon. In waves, cameras and recorders come for the 21st overall pick from last June, each checking to see how life has treated the native...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

What Does Cincinnati Reds Trade of Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays Mean?

A little after noon on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal broke the news that Ryan Hanigan had been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays via Twitter. In the tweet, he mentioned that there might be a third team involved in the deal. The third team involved in the deal was the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sent Heath Bell to the Rays and left hander David Holmberg to the Reds and the Diamondbacks...
Via Buckeye State Sports
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Hanigan traded

Ryan Hanigan before he drove in an insurance run.More than a month after signing Brayan Pena to be the backup catcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 2014, the Reds finally addressed their catching surplus and traded Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Rays. The deal was a three-team deal that also involved the Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, the Reds received 22 year-old lefthander David Holmberg...
Via Red Hot Mama
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds Deal Hanigan

The Reds continued to make offseason moves Tuesday by fulfilling speculations that catcher Ryan Hanigan would be dealt. The veteran will go to Tampa in a three-team deal that returned Arizona left-handed pitching prospect David Holmberg to Cincinnati.
Via reds.scout.com
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays, Red Sox Take Different Paths to Similar Value

Every team in the American League East came into the offseason with unsettled situations behind the plate. The Orioles have been trying to figure out whether nor not to deal Matt Wieters. The Yankees made a huge addition by adding Brian McCann. The Blue Jays just made their own improvement by replacing J.P. Arencibia with Dioner Navarro. That left the Red Sox and Rays, each of whom...
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Bell, Hanigan to Rays in three-way trade

The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The Reds will receive left-hander David Holmberg from the D-backs, with Arizona receiving right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash considerations. The D-backs also sent cash -- around $500,000 -- to the Rays to help offset...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays acquire C Hanigan, RHP Bell in 3-team trade

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds and reliever Heath Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade. The deal was announced Monday after Hanigan agreed to a $10.75 million, three-year contract that runs through 2016 an includes a club option for 2017. Tampa Bay sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays acquire Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell in three-team trade

The Tampa Bay Rays got pretty much all of the value in a three-team trade also involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks and Ryan Hanigan in the deal. Tampa Bay also signed Hanigan to a three-year contract extension worth $10.75 million. On the other two sides of the trade, the Reds picked up starter David Holmberg...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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