Mar 5, 2012; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Matt Joyce (20) signs autographs for the fans before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park. The Orioles defeated the Rays 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
How is that we're already one week into March? Is it just me, or didn't pitchers and catchers report, oh, a few days ago? For the first time in a number of years, spring training feels like it's flying by and the regular season will be here before I know it. (Of course, now that I've said that, just wait until the third week in March. I bet I'll be complaining away then.)
With March slipping through our fingers, we're officially kicking off our season preview for the 2012 Rays. Unlike in past years, we won't be publishing a DRaysBay Annual; it was a lot of fun to put together publications over the past few years, but they take a lot of time to organize and too many of us are busy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can do something next year, but at this point, we'll take it as it comes.
Instead of an Annual publication, we'll be doing something a little bit different this year: writing one analysis article per player going into the season. These pieces will all be slightly different in focus, but the main idea is to provide everyone with some interesting, detailed looks at the Rays.
If you want to keep up with these posts, we're grouping them under the tag "Season Preview 2012", which you can find on the left-hand sidebar. We've already lumped in a couple posts under this tag -- my post from the other day on Josh Lueke, Brad's take on Ben Zobrist, Mr. Maniac's research on Robinson Chirinos, and Collette's look at Alex Torres.
We'll have more of these posts in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out. If you have any particular angles on players that you'd like to see discussed, feel free to speak up in the comments and we'll keep them in mind.