After their sweep of the Miami Marlins this weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays are entering the week on a high note. I'm still somewhat amazed by this, but the Rays currently have the best record in the American League. That's right: the best record in the entire AL. Not only have they hung around at the top of the AL East, but they currently have a better record than the Texas Rangers. There have been points this season where I thought the Rangers were going to toy with the AL and utterly crush some souls, so I'll certainly take this.
Oh, and I know we don't put much stock in power rankings -- nor should we, considering how contrived most of them are -- but I found this entertaining:
New Top 10 rankings: 1. Texas Rangers, 2. Tampa Bay, 3. LAD, 4. WAS, 5. CIN, 6. ATL 7. NYY 8. CWS 9. LAA 10. Baltimore Orioles.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 10, 2012
How's that for some respect? You don't see the Rays get that sort of love all that often.
- Evan Longoria is progressing well with his rehab and would like to start a rehab assignment soon, but the Rays are playing it cautious and won't settle on a date yet. The good news is it sounds like it won't take long for him to get back to the majors after starting an assignments -- maybe 2-4 games, according to Longo at least.
- When asked which ballpark was their favorite, a number of Rays answered Fenway Park. It doesn't sound like any of them mentioned the Trop...
- If you're interested in scouting players more often, be sure to check out Baseball Prospectus's series on player evaluation. The second part is up at the moment.
- I'd fallen behind on my Joe Poz reading recently, so I caught up this weekend by reading a number of them. I am seriously tempted to link to around three or four different articles -- if you're into basketball, this is a fantastic read on LeBron and it references one of my favorite movies -- but I'll limit myself.
I did love this piece on the most unbreakable records in baseball, though; I tend to think some of those almost shouldn't count, as the game has changed so much since they were first reached. So I prefer to ask the question: what's the most unbreakable record in baseball that's still theoretically possible to break in this day and age? Any answers?