The Tampa Bay Rays have reported and spring training is officially underway as the went through their first full day of work outs yesterday.
Prior to the workout, Kevin Cash addressed the team and told them to not allow outside expectations to influence. Later, Matt Duffy would sum up the message that Cash conveyed.
The only expectations are to work hard, play hard, run hard and take care of each other
Among the things that stood out to Juan Toribio were the infield drills, the battle for first base between Yandy Diaz, Ji-Man Choi, and possibly Brandon Lowe, and also Ryne Stanek, who threw live BP against several members of the Rays.
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- Yandy Diaz enters camp looking to secure his first starting job in the majors, following his acquisition by the Rays in December. He’ll be battling for the starting first base job.
“Last year I played a good amount of first base and I felt comfortable. This year, I’m going to focus more on my defense and play the entire time at first base.
I’m not a player that hits a lot of home runs. But with the quality, the swing and the power in the bat,
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Quote of the Day
“We all feel the same way, we think playoffs are something we need to get to,’’ Snell said after Monday’s first full-squad workout. “And we think the World Series is something that is very attainable.’’ - Blake Snell on the upcoming season