It’s been quite a week. Winning ten games in a row is, I think you all will agree, a lot of fun. But then just a few hours before the start of Friday’s game came the announcement of the Willy Adames trade, that sent the Rays starting shortstop, along with reliever Trevor Richards, to Milwaukee.
Coming to the Rays are two relievers, Drew Rasmussen (who will start out in Durham) and JP Feyereisen, who has already appeared in two game for the Rays.
Here’s a Milwaukee perspective on the trade. You can also read Ben Clemens’ very detailed look at the players involved and the thinking of both clubs in this exchange.
Keith Law on the trade and the Wait for Wander. ($)
Then on Saturday we met Adames’ replacement at shortstop, switch-hitting Taylor Walls. The FSU alumnus has won accolades for his defensive play. Here he is with his Durham teammates celebrating his promotion:
The moment @dt_walls (and his teammates) found out he was heading to The Show pic.twitter.com/dW8T5E6Sbs— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) May 22, 2021
Walls had a memorable debut (two doubles and a run scored), captured in this video (shared on his Instagram):
Just posted a video https://t.co/GwGVR2KzdC— Taylor Walls (@dt_walls) May 23, 2021
Ryan Thompson discusses why he wears the number 81.
Around the league
More on Tony La Russa, those unwritten rules, and his relationship to his players. ($)
Higher pitch velocity + increases in hit batters = much greater risks to batters. ($)
What’s the matter with the Minnesota Twins?
Cute story about Ryan Yarbrough, Mike Trout, and a big Trout fan:
From one Kiiiiid to another ⚾️— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) May 22, 2021
Last homestand, Mike Trout and Ryan Yarbrough signed a ball for our young friend, JJ. After a bit of research, we were able to track him down and are sending the ball his way! https://t.co/Z4cniAcs7h pic.twitter.com/yuIjtVOF8Z
Old friend alert: Scott Kazmir makes his second remarkable comeback, joining the San Francisco Giants at age 37. He last pitched in the majors in 2016.
Scott Kazmir's first major league strikeout vs his most recent one, separated by 16 years and 9 months pic.twitter.com/ucBNT5IitP— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 23, 2021