The Rays Tank: Now That's A Good Weekend

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10: The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate their victory over the Miami Marlins during the game at Marlins Park on June 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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:

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?
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