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Bullpen Banter: Top 15 Rays Prospects

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Be sure to check out the Top 15 prospects list for the Rays that was put together by Bullpen Banter. They included a ton of videos, so if you haven't seen some of these players in action yet, spend some time flipping through the videos.

Assessing Jeremy Hellickson

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I just saw this on the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

May 5th, 1999 game. Devil Rays vs Royals, Rolando Arrojo has the start

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May 5th, 1999 game against the KC Royals...Full Broadcast by high school students, but has the entire game so thought that'd be interesting

Interview with Indian's President Mark Shapiro

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I think he makes a lot of good points about attendance and finances for a team in a small market that are applicable to the Rays as well. I particularly liked this part about what would change if attendance increased in response to a winning team: "I think more people will come. But the challenge is 2.2 million instead of 1.6 million doesn't change the way we operate. Even that extra 500,000, 600,000 people, even if that's $10-to-15 more million in revenue a year . . . one win in free agency is $9 million. So you're not going to change the context....But that revenue swing between 1.5 million in attendance and 2.2 million in attendance . . . meaningful dollars but not dollars that will have us plan dramatically different."

GRAPHIC: Remembering Game 162

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The anniversary of Game 162 was last night, and the Tampa Bay Times put together a graphic recapping the glorious action from that night. Even a year later, I'm still blown away that I didn't dream it all.

Vogt starts today at catcher vs a pitcher who has allowed 166 hits in 132 innings of work this...

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Vogt starts today at catcher vs a pitcher who has allowed 166 hits in 132 innings of work this season. Today is the day!

Go ahead and start kicking dirt

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Go ahead and start kicking dirt

Rays Minor League Awards

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Marc Topkin writing for BaseballAmerica (in his monthly Rays correspondence piece) picks the best player (Hak-Ju Lee), best pitcher (Chris Archer), and one to keep an eye on (Todd Glaesmann) from the 2012 season. It's insider-only, but: "Lee hit .261/.336/.360 with 37 steals for Double-A Montgomery in his first full season above Class A, but the most impressive numbers were 46—the length (in games) of his streak for reaching base—and 21, the length of his longest hitting streak. With his smooth glove and quick hands and feet, Lee should continue his ascent." I'm hoping this was Topkin picking the top positional prospect heading into 2013 and not the best 2012 season from a top-30-or-so guy, because .261/.336/.360.

There's only one type of bra for me...

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There's only one type of bra for me...

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