- A very respectable showing for Brandon Lowe in the MVP race:
#Rays Brandon Lowe finished 8th in AL MVP voting, got 1 4th place vote and 7 for 5th, was named on 29 of 30 ballots— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 12, 2020
- The Rays team MVP with a nice little windmill over Juan:
I’m not mad. Just disappointed in you Juan— Brandon Lowe (@Sweet_n_Lowe5) November 13, 2020
- These prospects face roster/Rule 5 decision - MLB.com: Rays have a few tricky choices coming up with limited room to work with.
- Top prospect Franco sets goal to debut in ‘21 - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Perhaps the best move of any team of the offseason could be the Rays promoting Wander Franco in 2021.
- Ryan Yarbrough joined ex-Ray Trevor Plouffe and the Talkin’ Baseball boys for a nice long chat:
Talkin' Baseball 243 | Ryan Yarbrough Tells Us All About His Teammates— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) November 12, 2020
• We had him on in Spring Training
• He knew Arozarena was this good back then
• We relive World Series Game 4
• Beating the Yankees, Astros ALCS
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Around the League
- In the AL Chicago White Sox got some good news for once this week, with 1B José Abreu taking the MVP.
- In the NL Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman ran away in the field from Mookie Betts to win his 1st MVP.
- Ryan Tepera got a 10th-place MVP vote and that is the weirdest thing ever - Al Yellon, Bleed Cubbie Blue: This is a weird, really funny story, you have to read to believe.
- Baseball’s Dearth of Black Catchers Helps Explain Its Dearth of Black Managers - Jared Diamond, The Wall Street Journal: Some good writing from Diamond as usual.
- Trading Mitch Garver is probably not a good idea - TJ Gorsegner, Twinkie Town: Garver was a fun trade target for virtual GM JT Morgan in the SB Nation virtual offseason. Could be fun if the real world Rays did the same.