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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Did ya hear? Rays have a new Hitting coach

Also, the September Call-ups that didn’t happen

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The big news dominating the Rays-o-sphere was the firing of hitting coach Derek Shelton. You can find plenty of coverage here on the site, and you can sound off later today on the live AskDRB Q&A show over at the DRaysBay Facebook page (12pm EST).

The Heater had a video report on the firing of Derek Shelton and the promoting of Chad Mottola.

Perhaps lost a bit in the shuffle of the big Rays news, was the fact that the Rays have opted to not call up either Taylor Motter or Tim Beckham. Beckham is a unqiue case, but Motter not getting the call seems rather odd.


  • Dansby Swanson hit his first major league HR. He did it the hard way, with an inside the park homer over Trea Turner’s head in CF.