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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Ji-Man Choi, Charlie Morton impress; Vidal Brujan rises above

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Meanwhile, Kriseman says the clock is ticking

Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Juan Toribio has penned a great profile on hyper-athletic prospect Vidal Brujan that is worth your time. In the piece, Brujan discusses losing his father, and dedicating this season to him with the goal of reaching the majors by 2020.

Rays News

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman addresses the Tampa Bay Rays ($) - Kriseman thinks time is running out for the Rays to reach a stadium deal with the city. “I don’t truthfully think we have another year of indecision,” he said. “That’s a significant source of revenue, it’s a significant amount that will help get the stadium built. And if that goes away, it makes it very difficult — not impossible — but certainly very difficult to get a stadium done.”

If Chaz Roe has it made in the Rays bullpen, he has a funny way of showing it ($) - After 10 organizations, a stint in independent leagues and a drug suspension, the 32-year-old reliever finally has stability in Tampa Bay, but he’s not acting like it.

The Rays have removed the baseball diamond from their primary logo, matching the jersey with the logo used in the media, and added the Devil Ray sleeve patch to all uniform colors (great choice).

Ji-Man Choi continues to impress at first base with his defense, surprising us all!

You can hear Cash describe the most recent game here:

Cash also enjoyed Morton’s performance, and I think we were all kissing chef fingers after this one

Here’s Morton on his most recent outing:

The annual Rays Wives game is Friday

Rays prospect Joe McCarthy, who was drafted with back problems but has a major league projection on the bat, has been shut down. He’ll visit the team doc’s in St. Pete this week.

And other injury news:

Other Links

MLB Teams with the Most Dead Money in 2019 - Baseball’s payment structure is broken on both sides.

Leclerc, Rangers, Ink Relationship in Permanent Marker - Rangers extend their top flight reliever

‘Can you play?’: The often-forgotten legacies of the Negro Leagues’ female players ($) - Long form from Nate Taylor for the Atheltic on women who played in the Negro Leagues: “One of the museum’s newest exhibits is called “Beauty of the Game,” which celebrates the three women — Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Connie Morgan — who played in the Negro Leagues, the only women who have ever played professional baseball with and against men.”

Why do baseball managers wear uniforms? And why did football coaches quit wearing suits? ($) - Also at the Athletic, answering a question that drives me wild (IMHO, if you wear a uniform you should be able to take the field!)

Red Sox starter Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games:

Agree or disagree with Jeter here?

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Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says fans may not remember the final score of game --- but they will remember the experience

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