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- Rays aim to take the next step, build on ‘19 run - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: The Rays surprised people in 2018, made people notice in 2019. Now comes the harder step: surpassing high expectations.
- The newest edition of This Week in Rays Baseball is out:
- Here are the Rays’ 2020 Top 30 Prospects - Mike Rosenbaum, MLB.com: Rays fans were treated to Wander’s first Spring Training action yesterday (and get his first start later today), getting that glimpse at the headliner of the top farm system in baseball.
- And you can listen to Wander’s impressions on that first game:
- Fantasy: 5 pitcher breakout candidates - Michael Bradburn, The Score: Fantasy focused, but Bradburn is right aboard, ticket in hand, on the McKay train.
- Rays 2020 Media Guide is here!
- Willy Adames re-lives and takes us through The Relay:
Around the League
- MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First Black Umpire Crew Chief - Associated Press, Sports Illustrated: A another bit of history made this off-season.
- MLB cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances - Joel Sherman, New York Post: Somewhere Joel Peralta is scrubbing his hat clean reading this headline.
- The hot new Twitter follow is the Astros Shame Tour, going from 0 to 100K followers awfully quick. Since the players escaped any real punishment, shame is all we got.
CUMULATIVE HBP UPDATE:— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) February 27, 2020
Five games played
Seven Astros hit by pitch
For an average of 1.40 HBP / game
Versus a 2019 league average of 0.41 / game
- Speaking of the Astros, thanks to Manfred choosing to bypass punishments for deals, beanball street justice seems to be on the menu in the Spring: