- The Opening day that wasn’t:
Even though we’re apart, we can come together. #OpeningDayAtHome pic.twitter.com/1x9VCifRje— MLB (@MLB) March 26, 2020
- Opening Day was supposed to be yesterday. The real Opening Day will have to wait, but the Rays are excited for that day to come:
Opening Day will come.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 26, 2020
We will celebrate it with you all! pic.twitter.com/qffVSXgg5k
On what would have been Opening Day, we just want to say...— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 26, 2020
We miss you, baseball. pic.twitter.com/WyOrGHr6Ht
- Rays completed the Pham/Renfroe/Edwards deal with their favorite position: a second baseman! (although he also plays SS and elsewhere):
Multiple sources: The Rays are acquiring Padres minor league 2B Esteban Quiroz as the PTBNL to complete the Pham/Cronenworth/Edwards trade. He has been added to my Rays list: https://t.co/NrhCnrC7Rv— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) March 26, 2020
- Rays get Esteban Quiroz to complete deal with Padres - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Where does Quiroz fit on the Rays?
- Padres top prospects: No. 24 Esteban Quiroz - Jeff Sanders, The San Diego Union-Tribune: Get to know a bit more about the newest Ray.
- Quiroz coming through with a big HR in the World Baseball Classic:
- In other PTBNL news:
#Rays and #Reds kind of called it even with the PTBNLs in trades of De Leon and O’Grady - cash considerations both ways, no players— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 27, 2020
- Rays trim roster, option seven players to Minors - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: There is baseball business to attend to despite no real baseball being played on the field yesterday. No real surprises, but some big names slated to start the year (at some point) in Durham.
- How Rays’ Kevin Cash and Pirates’ Derek Shelton shared a laugh on ‘opening day’ - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
- ‘G.O.A.T.’ for dinner?: Blake Snell learns about diet from OBJ’s private chef - Josh Tolentino, The Athletic: Eat like a Cy Young.
- StratOMatic had the Rays dropping their virtual Opening Day game:
BTW, #Rays "lost" to #Pirates 4-1 in today's opener per @StratOMatic simulation. Morton gave up 2 runs over 6 IP, Castillo two more in 9th. Zunino homered, #Rays had only 1 other extra-base hit vs. Archer + 4 relievers. Blame me for providing the lineup. https://t.co/ODoiJvEbUg— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 26, 2020
Around the League
- MLB and MLBPA have a deal:
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have a deal, sources tell ESPN. The players have voted on it already. MLB owners are expected to ratify it tomorrow. An excellent sign that draws a path forward as baseball tries to figure out when it will return.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 27, 2020
The most important thing for the players: In the doomsday scenario of no 2020 season, they will get full service time, meaning Mookie Betts, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman, J.T. Realmuto and others will be free agents in November regardless of whether games are played.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 27, 2020
- Fanatics to make medical gear instead of baseball uniforms - Eric Woodyard, ESPN: Jersey production is sharply pivoting to the cause of producing medical masks and gowns for medical professionals.
(Thread):— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) March 26, 2020
Woke up in the middle of the night last week with idea of converting our @Fanatics factory in PA that makes official @MLB jerseys into a facility that makes much needed masks and gowns and then donating them to help fight this horrendous virus. pic.twitter.com/r6FAxUdlgH
- COVID 19 Roundup: When Does Rob Manfred See Baseball Returning? - Justin Klugh, Fan Graphs
- When Baseball Comes Back, How Much Time Will Pitchers Need? - Travis Sawchik, FiveThirtyEight
- ‘You kiddin’ me?’ Players react to ‘Show’ ratings - Matt Monagan, MLB.com: Real players react to their digital selves.