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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Blake Snell among nastiest pitchers in baseball

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The players voted and Blake Snell is nasty

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“I think it’s just mainly because of how hard he throws his fastball,” Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile said. “It comes out of the same slot, he’s got that angle and that kind of upshot heater, and that breaking ball kind of starts out as something you need to hit. Then, before you know it, he threw it 55 feet.”

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On this Date in Rays History

  • 2000 - The Rays signed Juan Guzman to a two year deal, with an option for a third season.

“Juan brings not only outstanding pitching credentials but a tremendous competitive spirit and the experience of pitching for championship ballclubs,” Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar said. “We think this is another step toward our goal of bringing a championship to the Tampa Bay area.”

  • 2001 - Rays trade RHP Cory Lidle to the Oakland Athletics and RHP Roberto Hernandez to the Kansas City Royals. Receive OF Ben Grieve from the Oakland Athletics. The Kansas City Royals send OF Johnny Damon and INF Mark Ellis to the Athletics for SS Angel Berroa and C A.J. Hinch
  • 2011 - Rays trade RHP Matt Garza, OF Fernando Perez, and LHP Zac Rosscup to the Chicago Cubs for RHP Chris Archer, C Robison Chirinos, SS Hak-Ju Lee, OF Sam Fuld, and OF Brandon Guyer