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Plus, a dark day in team history.

Everyone was all smiles during Pat the Bat's time with Tampa
Everyone was all smiles during Pat the Bat's time with Tampa
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This Date in Team History!

In 2009, the Rays made a major splash as they signed Pat Burrell to a steal of a deal at $16 million over two years (Draysbay memory lane link). Over eight years, with the Phillies, Burrell slashed .257/.367/.485 with 251 home runs, good for 120 wRC+ and 16.8 WAR.

Unfortunately, Burrell wouldn't provide the team with the much needed pop as he labored through a season and half before the Rays mercifully released him in May of 2010, only to then watch Burrell go on a hot streak and help lead the San Francisco Giants to postseason glory.

AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% wRC+ WAR PA

Phillies

(2000-2008)

.257 .367 .485 251 23.6% 14.6% 120 16.8 5,388

Rays

(2009-2010)

.218 .311 .361 16 25.7% 11.7% 83 -1.1 572

Giants

(2010-2011)

.252 .359 .468 25 25.7% 14.3% 129 3.3 560

Career

(2000-2011)

.253 .361 .472 292 24.0% 14.3% 117 19.0 6,520

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was Russell Branyan, answered by jtmorgan

Wrong answers were Josh Hamilton, Carlos Pena, Delmon Young, Toe Nash, and Ben Grieve.

Today's prospect:

[Prospect] is a potential five-tool talent. His silky smooth hands and strong arm remind scouts of Omar Vizquel, but [Prospect] projects at least average power at the plate. He has excellent speed, especially down the first-base line.

Hint: he was a three-time top 100 prospect, as well as being ranked 3rd, 2nd, & 2nd in his organization.

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There are 89 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of earned runs that Matt Garza allowed in 2009 and in 2010.

So here's Garza dominating the Red Sox in April of 2009

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Links!

- Former-Ray Edwin Jackson will sign with the Miami Marlins for league minimum (with the Cubs still paying him a boatload of $$).

- I always find evidence of players intentionally changing their approach from game to game or at bat to at bat fascinating. Here's some, from Owen Watson of FanGraphs writing about the Blue Jays at home compared to on the road.

- The Hall of Fame vote is coming up. I (Ian) have a hard time caring about the HoF, but Tango's thoughts on the backlog of talent and vote splitting was interesting.

Tom Jones talks economics. Surprisingly, he sort of gets it, although starting off a column with talking about how Jayson Heyward really isn't that good is probably something an editor should have snipped.

- So the Yankees have an awesome bullpen now. How should they use it? Matt Goldman from Beyond the Box Score reviews leverage index and run expectancy. If you don't quite know what those words mean, this is a good article to read.

Good writing on Australian baseball.