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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Evan Longoria wants to win, respectfully, now

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Over the weekend, Marc Topkin published a piece in the Tampa Bay Times detailing the soon-to-be 31-year old Evan Longoria’s desire to win, as soon as possible.

This is an incredibly understandable desire, and one we expect top flight athletes to have, particularly when their career is suddenly resurgent to levels we have not seen in a couple years. Longoria is back to the player he needs to be if he wants to remain in Hall of Fame contention, but there’s no guarantee that will continue.

What was noteworthy in the piece, though, was the way Longoria will go about voicing his ideas for the new season in 2017:

Longoria plans to talk with Cash about his thoughts going into the offseason. He knows Cash will have extensive discussions with baseball operations president Matt Silverman.

He respectfully will speak with his manager, and trusts the operations department will receive his thoughts from Cash. The veteran and de facto captain still has faith in the manager and the process. We should too.

Read more here:

Then, if you’d like, feel free to contrast that with Tom Jones’s recent op-ed on how the front office needs to take advantage of a good Longoria now.

Links

- Topkin has a full write up on Brad Miller’s debut at first base last night, where Miller is candid to say he was a bit uncomfortable, as does Bill Chastain. Miller is both asking the right questions and has a positive outlook.

- The Rays have no interest in signing A-Rod after he is released by the Yankees on Friday (after facing the Rays):

- Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey demonstrates the proper grip for throwing a four-seam fastball.

- Roger Mooney on Matt Andriese

- Six HotRods are going to their league’s All-Star game, including the curious Travis Ott:

- Rehab update:

- TEBOW MANIA IS BACK