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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Tim Beckham an All-Star?

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Chris Archer a good teammate.

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Off day yesterday, but it’s All-Star vote season in earnest, and the Rays are on the campaign trail. First off, let’s all take a moment to appreciate Chris Archer, who wore a Corey Dickerson sign and then went on MLB Network to argue for the inclusion of Tim Beckham.

This guy is the best. Also, there was a “backlash.” Danny wrote about it.

And the Rays press department made their video arguments for Logan Morrison.

And for Steven Souza Jr:

It’s not the music I pictured for #choosesouz, but it’s what I’ll picture from now on.

Links

  • While the Rays have leaned on the four-seam fastball as an organization (think Odorizzi, Smyly, and all the other high-heat strikeout types), the Astros have gone away from it.
  • Henry Druschel wrote about why MLB teams go into rebuilding phases. It’s something that the Rays have been unwilling to do, attempting to field a competitive team every year, while trading just enough of the expiring-contract assets to maintain a pipeline.
  • Indoctrinate your kids early. Get them a Rays fidget spinner.