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The Rays Tank: ROY; MVB

Block that bag, Jason.
Block that bag, Jason.
J. Meric

Wil Myers won the Rookie of the Year award with 23 of the 30 first place votes. You can see the full voting here. Of note: Dan Straily got one first place vote. Check out his stats. Despite very little buzz, there's a decent case to be made that he was more deserving than Chris Archer. Thank you, Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram for using your vote to point that out.

Also, when your day gets crappy, take a break and watch some videos of Myers hitting home runs. That's what Dan does all the time, and it's why he's such a happy fellow.

In former Rays players news:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>MINNESOTA TWINS: Signed infielder Jason Bartlett to a minor league contract&#13; with an invitation to spring training.</p>&mdash; MLB Transactionist (@MLBTransactions) <a href="">November 11, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Atlanta Braves are moving to the suburbs:

  • Rembert Browne has a beautiful piece -- touching on race, class, and the city vs. suburb divide -- up on Grantland about the pain of your team leaving you, even if they're moving just a few miles away.
  • Craig Calcaterra remarks on the absurdity of public funding for stadiums.
  • If you're interested, be sure to head over to Talking Chop for all your Braves stadium coverage. They've been all over the story, and I'm sure will continue to be today.

Other Links:

  • Joe Mauer, because of the risk of future re-injury (concussion, knee), is moving to first base, where he immediately becomes one of the top first basemen in baseball. Mauer will probably continue to be a very good player as he ages, but it's still sad to see him move. Because he was on the path, if his body could hold up at catcher, to being one of the greatest players in all of baseball, ever.
  • Jeff Sullivan looks at individual pitchers and their strike zones in 2013.
  • And more from Sullivan, this time identifying and GIFing the most unhittable pitches from 2013.