It’s Truck Day at Tropicana Field as the Rays clubhouse staff members load up moving trucks with all the gear that will be needed at Port Charlotte once spring training commences.
Included in the gear that’s being loaded are the Rays uniforms.
All of the Rays new players already have their names sewn and numbers picked as Wilson Ramos will wear the number 40, a number he’s worn from 2013 to 2016 with the Washington Nationals.
Mallex Smith, recently of the Braves and recenter with the Mariners will be the first Rays player ever to wear the number 0 (he wore the number 17 last year with the Braves).
Colby Rasmus is infatuated with the number 28, as he has worn that number throughout his career. He was even selected 28th overall in the 2005 draft by the Cardinals, he will get to keep the number 28 with the Rays in 2017.
The latest pitching prospect the Rays acquired, Jose De Leon, will wear the number he made his major league debut in for the Dodgers as he’ll keep the number 87.
The Rays haven’t really done much to address their bullpen this off-season, with only a couple of changes. One of those changes will be Shawn Tolleson, who will don the number 38, a number he wore from 2012 to 2013 with the Dodgers (he wore 37 with the Rangers the past three season).
Another uniform change for the Rays will be Luke Maile switching from 46 to 21.
We are very close from just talking about these changes to actually seeing them in action on the field as pitchers and catchers report in just one week!