In the analogs of Rays history, one might remember a commercial being aired on Fox Sports Florida where the Rays had fans positioned somewhere in the stands or possible even in the catwalks.
The fans would watch the catcher with binoculars and look closely for the signs, then they’d relay the signs back to the Rays hitter who was standing at the plate. Then the hitter, who I believe to be at the time was Carl Crawford, would take advantage and launch a ball into the seats. The play-by-play voice would then come on and say ‘he hit that ball like he knew it was coming’ followed by the promo of ‘where the fans take part in the action’ or something to that nature.
It was completely nonsensical and just meant to make you feel as though you were part of the game.
Well, the Houston Astros took this and legitimately put it into effect as they have now been accused by former players of doing almost exactly this over the past several seasons. More on this below.
News and Links
- Kevin Cash came in third for the American League Manager of the Year award. Former Ray, Rocco Baldelli, took home the award after leading his Minnesota Twins to being division champions; Aaron Boone came in second
- Rays join Metropolitan Ministries in cooking for a cause - Fox 13 Tampa Bay
- Tropicana Field lit up for countdown to Enchant Christmas - Carlos Hernandez, Patch
- Rays’ Erik Neander knew Chaim Bloom’s day was coming - Steve Hewitt, Boston Herald
- Adding some pitching remains a priority for the Cincinnati Reds this offseason - Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer ($$$)
In this article, Nightengale reports the Rays are the current front runners to sign veteran infielder Howie Kendrick
- The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 — part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball - Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, The Athletic ($$$)
- Top 15 Most Accomplished Minor League Franchises Of The 2010s - Matt Eddy, Baseball America ($$$)
- Adam Wainwright Stays in St. Louis for 2020 - Craig Edwards, FanGraphs
- Rays GM Erik Neander wins MLB Executive of the Year honor - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times ($$$)