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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Can we get someone to talk for Stu?

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Stu talks, and it’s not very pretty.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Topper chatted with Rays owner Stu Sternberg. As usual, Stu was at times a little tone deaf.

“It’s hard to find too many of (the Rays) who would be starters on any of those teams,” he said. “It’s not like we’ve got this group of Hall-of-Famers and All-Stars.”

Okay this was funny but true:

He noted — ”tongue in cheek, but it’s the truth” — the Rays likely could do so with social-distancing restrictions in place, though they would be happy to adjust if demand increases: “Most of our games are attended by less than 10,000 people, so we could probably for the most part run a normal stadium operation.”

There’s more here, including talk on the stupid Montreal plan:

In more Rays and Rays-adjacent news:

  • Andrew Kittredge is coming back.
  • Rays alternate site resident Brian O’Grady is headed to San Diego on a big league deal.
  • In a stunning turn of events, the Rays — like, oh, 29 other teams? — are in the market for pitching.
  • In further stunning news, the team with no big league backstops on the roster is in the market for catchers!

News from around the League:

  • Mike Petriello with some cool stuff from Fangraphs.
  • 2020 claimed another legend as Dick Allen passed away on Monday at the age of 78. He was many things during his career: Proud, controversial, at war with the world, and one of the most feared hitters in the game. This is an exceptional piece on him from Joe Posnanski.
  • MLB ump Brian O’Nora is not having a great offseason.
  • Speaking of Clemente, this is an embarrassment to his name and reputation as here’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos and that’ll be a home run. And so that’ll make it a 4-0 ballgame. I don’t know if I’ll be putting on this headset again.
  • Finally, this meme has been making the rounds. In my opinion, this is one of the best.