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Go ahead and start kicking dirt

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Over_zps66e89824

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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Sabrametrics

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

Martinez Interview with Houston; Rodriguez Activated

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Davey Martinez interviewed with the Astros for their vacant manager role and Sean Rodriguez is now available for defense, pinch-running, and trying to become the only @#$#@$ player on the team that is able to lay down a bunt in fair territory.

Know Your Enemy

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I did a segment today with SNY.tv to preview the Rays/Yankees series.

Price vs Yankees

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Mark Simon of the ESPN Stats & Info group looks at how Price has attacked some of the key hitters in the New York lineup

Top Minor League Prospect Performances

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Matt Garrioch (of MLB Prospect Guide and formerly of MLB Bonus Baby) has put together what, from what I gather, is purely a statistical list naming the top performers in each league based on the numerical factors he believes best correlate to major league success, with some age limits thrown in to eliminate organizational filler. To take out the suspense, a number of Rays did surprisingly well: Tim Beckham - #11 hitter in IL Chris Archer - #3 pitcher in IL Hak Ju Lee - #1 hitter in SL Ty Morrison - #7 hitter in SL Kyle Lobstein - #8 pitcher in SL Jake Hager - #2 hitter in MWL Plenty of other Rays on the lists as well beyond the link.

2013 Schedule Details

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Season opens 4/2/13 vs Baltimore, for the 5th time in 8 seasons. 20 interleague games including the 1st ever trip to Dodger Stadium. Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Marlins visit the Trop during interleague play.

Shields/Upton AL Players of the Week

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Congrats to both!

Question About Dave Eiland

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This question comes from Jeff Zimmerman (of FanGraphs and Royals Review fame): Back when he was with the Devil Rays in 1998-2000, does anyone remember why he had two surgeries? How fast did he come back from Tommy John? Was his recovery rushed at all? Any longtime fans out there care to chime in?

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