While the Rays were enjoying an off day before taking a road trip to the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers, Chris Archer was selected as American League pitcher and American League Rookie of the Month for July.
The Rays Twitter account provided some pretty impressive insight into the Rays presence in July's voting, and their history with dual honors:
Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 5, 2013
Six pitchers received votes for AL Pitcher of the Month--3 of the 6 were #Rays (Archer, Price, Moore).— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 5, 2013
Three players received votes for AL Rookie of the Month--2 of the 3 were #Rays (Archer, Myers).— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 5, 2013
So, eight total players received votes for AL Pitcher of the Month or AL Rookie of the Month for July--half were #Rays and Archer won both!— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 5, 2013
Eight players received votes. Half were Rays. Not too shabby.
At long last, the names of those players affected by Biogenesis not named Ryan Braun or Alex Rodriguez were revealed.
Brad Ziegler, Diamondbacks
Remember when people were saying Tony Bosch likely didn't have any credible evidence to offer MLB? There are now 12 cases to dispute that.— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) August 5, 2013
Not saying Bosch is a "saint." But all these players accepted suspension knowing they had no grounds to appeal on. Evidence must be solid.— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) August 5, 2013
The people that are writing me and telling me that these people didn't have a chance to appeal: you don't understand our process very well.— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) August 5, 2013
If guilty players truly cared about the fans' & their teammates' feelings, they would have NEVER done it. Just say "I'm sorry I got caught."— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) August 5, 2013
Message to other players considering PEDs to get an edge: You WILL be caught. Your reputation WILL be ruined. Don't do it!— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) August 5, 2013
We, as players, are tired of talking about PEDs. I personally have little sympathy for those that act selfishly and scar the game we love.— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) August 5, 2013
Buster Olney, ESPN
Least surprising thing is that players accepted plea deals out of self-interest. They took the PEDs in the first place b/c of self-interest.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 5, 2013
Ryan Zimmerman on Biogenesis stuff: "It's great to see these guys get in trouble for what they've done."— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) August 5, 2013
Tyler Clippard, Nationals
Tyler Clippard mentioned that he blew a save when now-suspended Jordany Valdespin homered off him last year. Doesn't sit well with Clippard.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) August 5, 2013
Clippard: "Those guys are doing stuff that are affecting my career, and they're not playing the game the right way."— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) August 5, 2013
Max Scherzer: "I think every player in here wants to see stiffer penalties." #Tigers— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) August 5, 2013
Rick Hahn, White Sox GM
Rick Hahn asked about ARod and didn't want to comment. Said "You've seen how this team has played: I've got 99 problems and ARod isn't one."— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) August 5, 2013
Whatever these guys were taking should be investigated more so than the actual suspension... Because they weren't failing drug tests...HELLO— Bryan Petersen (@Peteypipes) August 1, 2013
- "Mayor Bill Foster has reached the reluctant conclusion that keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region means he has to let them cross the bay to explore a new stadium." Whoa.
- Jonah Keri's weekly podcast featured Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, and they discussed Biogenesis, and the war on drugs in professional sports.
- MLB's Threats vs. A-Rod's reactions.