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MiLB: AUGUST 10 Florida State League - Stone Crabs at Tarpons Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Rays were on the giving and receiving end of some of those 11 home runs hit off of 99mph plus fastballs.

New Year’s resolutions for all 30 clubs, including the Rays ($)

Rays continue to live rent-free in Boston heads, whether they think Rays model is a good one or one to be avoided.($)

Nick Anderson’s success was a highlight of the year, according to his hometown newspaper.

The shuffle of minor league affiliations has meant the demise of a number of teams, including the Stone Crabs, which held a sort of going out of business sale this past weekend.

Every baseball season has it’s wacky moments. Add in some peculiarities of 2020 (no fans, COVID-19 protocols; new extra inning rules) and you get a lot of these “what was that?” plays. Rays had quite a few of them! From the Marlins 164 roster moves, to Zach Wheeler injuring himself while putting on his pants, this column is worth your time. ($)

If we’ve learned anything this year it is not to make either plans or predictions. But as of now, MLB thinks Spring Training will begin in February, as planned.

Some fun history:

The Players Alliance formed this past season to address inequities within baseball and across the community. Through this initiative, many players donated a day’s salary on Jackie Robinson Day and those funds have been used to provide food, COVID supplies and baseball equipment through a tour of the Pull Up Neighbor program. The group stopped in Tampa on Sunday, with former Ray Denard Span and current Ray Colin Poche on hand.

Math question: at this rate, how many years until Rays overtake Phillies in total wins?