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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: “It’s definitely not back to normal”

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Jose De Leon talks about his offseason in Puerto Rico.

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In his interview with Rays Radio, Kevin Cash talked about launch angle, “the flyball revolution,” and the way the Rays are approaching the screens across the infield. This is a really good sound bite with some insight into how the Rays are approaching teaching hitting. Basically, they’re hands off. They’ve put the screens out there but they’re not telling hitters what to do with them. Some snippets:

There’s a lot of information out there right now that is talking about creating that vertical angle that gives all hitters the best chance to have success. It’s not to be confused with creating home run hitters . . .

We’re not asking anybody to change anything. It’s more just, ‘let them visualize it.’ If some guys go out there and don’t want to think about it, so be it.

We’ve talked for years now about how to make batting practice more challenging . . . It’s not comfortable when you’re in New York facing Dellin Betances.

Players are smart, man.

Also in the Rays Radio article, Nathan Eovaldi talked about his recovery.

In a separate profile with Rays Radio, Jose De Leon talked about his offseason in Puerto Rico, doing what he can to help “his people: on the weekends while getting ready for the season Monday through Friday.

For us it’s really special that people in the states knows what we’re going through and they feel sympathy with us.

There’s still a lot of people in the mountains that are struggling still, who have no water and no power.

This is a good interview as well.

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