The Rays announced details for the 2019 Fan Fest at Tropicana Field, including a new requirement that all adults must print a ticket for the free event, and introducing a new experience with Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.
Already known for his love of Fortnite, fans will have the opportunity to play video games with Blake Snell for a $500 contribution to the Rays Baseball Foundation, a charity that focuses on youth and educational programming. The one hour experience comes with a personalized Rays jersey and four tickets to a game.
Fans will also be able to buy tickets in a viewing gallery for $50, which guarantees an autograph from Blake Snell. All other autograph opportunities follow the standard $25 ticket process, again with all proceeds going to the Rays Baseball Foundation.
You can get all the rest of the Fan Fest details here.
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- Marc Topkin hones in on top prospect SS Wander Franco
#Rays efforts in rebuilding farm system showing up again, with Franco, who doesn't turn 18 until March 1, standing out https://t.co/2zX4Blrcxr— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 23, 2019
- Neil Solondz on the historic depth of the Rays franchise, according to Baseball America
The #Rays made some history today, with 9 of the top 100 prospects on the @BaseballAmerica list. They are one of only 3 teams ever to have that many:https://t.co/8UbA1MgA0L— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) January 24, 2019
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- RCG also has a fun series on Tampa Bay’s performance against the Hall inductees. They’re quick hits, but interesting: Mike Mussina | Mariano Rivera | Roy Halladay | Edgar Martinez
- Wander Rays ranks the team’s 10 Best RHP Prospects for 2019
- RIP: MLB lost a local legend in umpire Jim McKean:
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- The Orioles, announcing their coaching hires, are the latest team to hire a Field Coordinator
- Jonah Keri on the advances stats you should know
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- Ben Lindbergh on the continued rise of the utility player
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- MLBTR tried to narrow down the Suitors for Manny Machado (other than the White Sox and Phillies) and came up with six possible mystery teams.
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