The Rays dropped a 4-3 decision yesterday, but who cares? Let’s get to real baseball.
Trevor Richards pitched. He did not impress John Romano.
Not really. Just every so often I wake up. For instance, Trevor Richards has now given up another 2-run homer.— John Romano (@romano_tbtimes) March 23, 2021
Chaz Roe also pitched He looked good! Just ask Taylin!
Taylin is pretty excited to see daddy play. ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/gB9Fq1f4Lw— Sarah Roe (@Sarah03Brown) March 23, 2021
Tyler Glasnow really wants to hit to get ready for the season opener in Miami. Kevin Cash is ... less enthusiastic.
Tyler Glasnow has been begging Kevin Cash to let him hit in games all spring. Glasnow took swings in the cage the other day, preparing for Opening Day in Miami, then texted Cash last night asking if he could hit during his backfield start today.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) March 22, 2021
Cash's response: "Wrong number."
At 39, Tyler Glasnow makes the back half of the ESPN top 50. (Blake Snell also on the list at 36.)
Nos. 50-26 ...— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 23, 2021
50: Hyun-Jin Ryu
40: Marcell Ozuna
30: Stephen Strasburghttps://t.co/lLx68OzvyE
Meanwhile, three Rays show up in ESPN’s 51-100 (Brandon Lowe (54), Randy Arozarena (71) and Austin Meadows (100)).
We ranked baseball's top 100 players and will unveil the list over these next 3 days, starting with 51 to 100.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 22, 2021
100: Austin Meadows
90: Patrick Corbin
80: Dansby Swanson
70: Whit Merrifield
60: Brandon Woodruff
You'll also find Shohei Ohtani here ...https://t.co/LtYLf44WiM
There’s a new Kiermaier! With an unusual name! Congrats, KK and Marisa!
A wake up call at 4:30 from my 9 month pregnant wife could only mean one thing! Hopped in my truck asap and come 8:01 a.m. our beautiful baby boy Krew Jax Kiermaier was introduced to the world! 9 lbs 14 oz! So blessed to have this lil guy!— Kevin Kiermaier (@KKiermaier39) March 23, 2021
We talked about this one a lot in the masthead Slack. I’ll not poison the waterhole with our disparate takes. But if nothing else, this piece could generate conversation.
More cuts. Somehow, David Hess isn’t one of them.
#Rays reassign 8 more players to minors: Stetson Allie, Chris Ellis, Dietrich Enns, Adrian De Horta, Joey Krehbiel, Ryan Boldt, Tristan Gray, Rene Pinto— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 23, 2021
The sugar high of Honeywell’s return to the mound has probably worn off. So here’s one more clip to dream on.
Nice look at Honeywell's screwball-like CH pic.twitter.com/qodrNn3NCl— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) March 22, 2021
Get your vote in here!
This is a pretty great graphic. Extra credit for “getting hired by the Rays.”
direct criticism at lauren she made it pic.twitter.com/VkCMCIfn5M— Batting Around Podcast (@BattinAround) March 23, 2021
For those of you wondering what the WWE was going to do once Rays baseball kicks back into gear at the Trop, it looks like Raw and Smackdown will be relocating to the USF Yuengling Center.
The expectation among multiple people I have spoken to in #WWE is they will remain in the Tampa area after the Tropicana Field ThunderDome ends ahead of the #Rays season. They all believe they are headed to #USF’s Yuengling Center (fka the Sun Dome) for at least a period of time.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) March 15, 2021
20 years ago yesterday...
Twenty years ago, a bird darted in front of a Randy Johnson fastball. It exploded into a cloud of feathers, an image burned in the minds of those who saw it.— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) March 23, 2021
I spoke to 17 of them. Here is an oral history of The Day Randy Johnson Killed A Bird: https://t.co/vw8uyZ3qR8 pic.twitter.com/hA29DCiSpq
New stats at Fangraphs!
InstaGraphs: New Stats Are Now Available at FanGraphs! https://t.co/py90hEua2O— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) March 23, 2021
How can you not be romantic about baseball?
College baseball explained in a four second video— Shit Bsb Players Say (@ShitBsbPlyrsSay) March 23, 2021
Old friend alert:
Lots of #BlueJays news this afternoon, starting with GM Ross Atkins saying Kirby Yates “most likely” headed for Tommy John surgery. Atkins said team knew it was a high-risk, high-reward play when they signed him.— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 23, 2021
Okay, so he doesn’t exactly come out and say it. But can we all agree that Trevor Bauer would be the least surprising anti-vaxer in baseball?
Dave Roberts on getting vaccinated: "Given the opportunity, I'm all in."— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) March 23, 2021
Trevor Bauer on getting vaccinated: "It comes down to personal medical history and personal medical choices so I don't really want to speak on that." https://t.co/Dy38f27GB5
Finally, for your mid-week palate cleanse, don’t tell me this little doggo isn’t an athlete!