This Date in Team History!
In 2009, the Rays signed veteran closer, Jason Isringhausen who was coming off his worst year since becoming a reliever. Rays fans didn't get to see much of him, though, as injuries plagued him throughout the year. He would only appear in nine games with the team.
The answer to yesterday's question was Elliot Johnson, answered by thedudeofdudes
Wrong answers included Ben Zobrist, Fernando Cortez, and Felipe Lopez
The Devil Rays signed him as an outfielder, but quickly found out his arm was more valuable than his bat. They were less thrilled to discover he was actually six years older than originally believed, in the visa crackdowns after the Sept. 11 attacks. He likely wouldn't have gotten a chance at pro ball if it had been known he was nearly 22 at the time of his signing, but he has made it to the majors despite not making it out of the DSL until he was 25 years old. Equipped with a 93-95 mph fastball, an average slider and a solid changeup, he has the stuff to contribute to the big league bullpen this season.
Hint: he was once ranked the 19th top prospect in his organization.
There are 43 days until Opening Day!
That's the same number of runs scored by Dioner Navarro during the 2008 season.
One of those runs came during the first time the Rays hit back-to-back-to-back homers.
Spring Training Coverage!
- Steven Souza reflects upon his off-season
- Corey Dickerson and Rene Rivera talk about the upcoming season
- The newest addition to the Rays, Ryan Webb was actually a fan of the team when he was younger.
- Brad Boxberger and Drew Smyly spoke to Mark Topkin about their respective upcoming seasons.
- Rob Manfred discusses a variety of topics facing major league baseball such as the Cuba trip, sliding rules, and the designated hitter.
- Very sad news as underrated baseball star, Tony Phillips passed away yesterday at the age of 56
- The Indians and Juan Uribe have seemingly been courting each other all winter and they've finally reached an agreement.