The Rays lost in walkoff fashion yesterday, 8-7. My usual spring mantra is that any spring game without injury is a win, but by that measure the Rays were losers, as Brett Phillips left with a sore hamstring. (And a reminder of why you really never need to worry about having “too many” guys at any position.)
On the bright side, the pitchers who gave up the runs are not pitchers who are likely to see major league innings this year.
Today’s game will feature Rays vs. Red Sox, and it will be televised.
Speaking of injuries, it’s still unclear whether Choi will be ready for Opening Day.
The #Rays Kevin Cash says Ji-Man Choi will be shut down 7-10 days with right knee inflammation and then re-evaluated Cash says they are not overly concerned.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) March 13, 2021
Hamilton Marx, part of the Rays front office, is profiled in this article in his hometown newspaper.
The Rays don’t have a lot of big-name pitching aces this year, but they have depth and veteran leadership, per Adam Berry.
Public health protocols have an impact on camp, and may make it harder for teammates to get to know eachother. Will that affect clubhouse dynamics moving forward? ($)
A good report on Brent Honeywell, from someone who should know (his catcher):
First Honey day of the year was a success pic.twitter.com/mhcKvrkz67— Chris Betts (@ChrisBetts26) March 13, 2021
According to Kevin Cash, Honeywell touched 95mph. Don’t expect to see him in a spring training game just yet, however.
Around the League:
Yu Darvish has like seven plus pitches. You can learn more about how he manages this in this video:
How does Yu Darvish change the speed and shape of his Cutter??— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 13, 2021
More amazing stuff from @faridyu, pitch grip genius.
If you're a Pitcher, Coach or Fan of Pitching, you can't miss this.
Watch the FULL 20 minute discussion!
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As MLB rolls out some experimental rule changes in the minors, including a ban on the overshift. ESPN writers talk about what they do and don’t like among these changes.
One of the experiments will be banning the shift — or I suppose the “overshift” where the an infielder plays a shallow rightfield (the rule is that all infielders have to play on the dirt or infield grass). ESPN weighs the pros and cons, and Jayson Stark reviews proposed tweaks as well. Rays prospect Taylor Walls, who is a high contact, use the whole field kind of hitter, likes the idea that his skillset plays well against the shift. ($). And John Romano doesn’t think that proposed rule changes will address baseball’s biggest issues, which he thinks are payroll disparity and pace of play ($).
The Cleveland baseball team will be renamed — eventually. Here’s one guy rooting for the Cleveland Spiders. ($)
Eno Sarris: here are potential breakout candidates at each position. ($)
Old friend alert — Blake Snell part of an article about “aces in new places.”