Fox Sports Sun has announced that all 162 Rays games will be carried by the regional sports network, and that games will also be available on the Fox Sports Go app:
FOX Sports Sun, the exclusive television home of the Tampa Bay Rays, announced today the network will produce and televise all 162 regular season Rays games during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
Dewayne Staats returns this year for his 22nd season as play-by-play announcer and will be joined in the booth by former MLB pitcher Brian Anderson. Staats enters his 42nd year broadcasting baseball, while Anderson enters his 11th season providing color commentary on our network. New to the booth for this coming season, FOX’s Kevin Burkhardt will serve as play-by-play announcer for a package of games. Former MLB player Orestes Destrade and former Rays pitcher Doug Waechter return as analysts, while Rich Hollenberg is back for his sixth season as host. Tricia Whitaker rounds out the broadcast team as the new lead in-game reporter.
All Rays programming – including games and studio shows – on FOX Sports Sun will be available on FOX Sports GO, the live streaming platform that showcases all of the FOX Sports Regional Networks’ events and studio programming through pay-TV providers.
You can follow most of the broadcast crew on Twitter:
- FOX Sports Sun’s Rays Broadcast – @FOXSportsRays
- Dewayne Staats – @PositiontoWin
- Kevin Burkhardt – @KevinBurkhardt
- Orestes Destrade – @odestrade
- Rich Hollenberg – @RichonSports
- Tricia Whitaker – @TriciaWhitaker
Of note, the Rays have reached agreement on a new long-term TV deal, as principal owner Stuart Sternberg told the Times last month, but it has not been finalized due to the pending sale of the Fox regional networks.
We need to start with the rule changes. Jeff Passan is reporting for ESPN that several new changes have been agreed to for the next two seasons.
The long-awaited MLB/MLBPA deal is done, sources tell ESPN, and includes a single trade deadline, an All-Star Game Election Day, expanded rosters in 2020 and, most important, a pledge to start bargaining over fundamental economic issues. News @ESPN: https://t.co/b7yvvVdxMd— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2019
Here’s a summary of the 2019 changes:
- July 31 is the only trade deadline
- All-Star Game election day
- $2.5 million in prizes to players for HR Derby ($1 million to winner)
And here are the changes beginning in 2020:
- Three-batter minimum for pitchers
- 26-man rosters in regular season, limit of 28 in expanded September roster
- “Position players will be allowed to pitch only in extra innings or when their team is ahead or behind by more than seven runs.”
With two weeks remaining, Marc Topkin projects the Opening Day roster, with special attention given to Jalen Beeks’s stuff and Ji-Man Choi’s defense
Final bullpen spots? Primary 1B man? Batting order? There’s still some decisions to be made as #Rays head to opening day. Here’s what we’ve seen and our best guess at what will happen as they set roster. https://t.co/VcLjkHx2Rq— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 14, 2019
Jake Faria might not be on the Opening Day roster as the Rays put him back on a five-day schedule, but that hasn’t stopped him or wife Jessica from doing their best o serve the community
My wife and I are so blessed to be given a platform to do these type of things. Thank you to @HopeChildrens for allowing us to come hang out for a bit on our off day last week and @adidasBaseball for helping us make this donation happen! pic.twitter.com/Oa1OpnT49o— Jacob Faria (@JDFaria34) March 11, 2019
Speaking of Jalen Beeks and Jake Faria, they and Baseball America top-10 prospect Moises Gomez on This Week in Rays Baseball, which remains required listening for Rays fans!
Neil Solondz is on the call today, you can send in your pressing Rays baseball questions via twitter:
The Rays rank well with the fifth highest defense projection, using projected fielding runs
Two-for-one: Avisail Garcia’s knee is 100%; Kiermaier understands the importance of the four-man shift
Finally, this is the best one-paragraph summary of the Rays I’ve seen.
- Baseball Prospectus has a deep dive into the frequency of play by “minimum earners” ($)
- Baseball prefers managers to have MLB experience, but is that about to change? Judging by the NFL, it should
- YES, the Yankees regional sports network, was sold back to the team via an ownership group at a valuation $0.5 billion below what it sold at in 2014. NY was able to trigger a buyback clause the get he deal done.
- Finally, the weather is perfect for some Rowdies games. You can grab a discounted ticket via Neil Solondz here: