Writing about a team whose talent level isn't reflected on the field is tough. You have to endure, because you truly know that the product on the field should get better, and it's infuriating to see the Rays struggle.
Brian Anderson has to watch this team every night and fill three hours of screen time by trying to provide unbiased commentary, while also providing some soft -- sometimes harsh -- feedback of the players. So, like many of us, Anderson needs to vent every now and then, and he took to the radio waves yesterday to do it.
"It comes down to leadership, and I'm quite frankly not real sure that the Rays have any.''
That's just one of the quotes from Anderson, you can catch Topkin's recap of the interview here, or listen to the full interview here.
Of course word trickled down and reached the Rays players and coaching staff who their own words to say to rebuff the leaderless claims. And Anderson himself has tried to walk back some of his comments, saying:
"I let my passion for this team get the better of me, and I reacted a little too aggressively to a poor series vs. K.C." He also said he "regretted terribly" that it became a story and a distraction.
- The Process Report reviewed the Rays past series against the Royals, where Tampa Bay was swept.
- The Rays are discussing nine possible stadium locations, most of which Lizzie has already covered. Stay tuned for a review of the proposed "Heights" site shortly.
- Willy Adames is one of the top hitters in the Southern League despite being among the youngest players in Double-A
- Jake Hager was primed to make the leap to Durham to kick off the 2015 season, but knee surgery caused him to miss the entire season. Now back in Montgomery for 2016, Hager is striving to become a more complete player.
Around the League:
- It could be worse for the Rays. The Padres have been criticized by their brass and now they blew a 12-2 lead and went on to lose 13-16.