The Rays salvaged the getaway game from the Houston series, and are heading out to California to meet up with the Angels and Athetics this week.
So at least we can all agree that Tropicana Field has some advantages:
Hello from the best working press box in baseball. pic.twitter.com/VdwNIRXrHR— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) April 30, 2021
From Marc Topkin, how players deal with batting slumps. Pro tip from Kevin Cash: if you never hit well, you never slump! ($)
From Eno Sarris, which metrics can best tell you which players are having sustained breakouts? Austin Meadows is part of the conversation($).
From ESPN, it does not surprise me that Kiley McDaniel thinks other teams are emulating the Rays in evaluating prospects, but that they are emulating the Rays in evaluating hitting prospects? ($)
I will never not be hurt by the trade of Evan Longoria, and I’m glad to see he is doing well, and getting recognized for it. Fangraphs and The Athletic have taken note.
My respect goes to anyone who manages to learn the gender of his unborn child without burning anything down:
#Rays Arozarena got some exciting news this morning, that the baby he and his wife are expecting is a girl. His wife arranged for a surprise announcement, a video on the stadium board of teammates Margot, Adames and Diaz breaking the news.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 1, 2021
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And speaking of men and their babies, Max Scherzer had himself a day:
After throwing a complete game, Max Scherzer is quickly leaving Nats Park. His wife is in labor. What a day.— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) May 2, 2021
Has umpire strike calling been worse this year? Certainly there has been more attention paid to some poorly called at bats. Like this one:
Why even bring a bat to the plate?.... pic.twitter.com/rpedMENscp— Cody Decker (@Decker6) May 1, 2021
Or poorly called games, like this one:
Umpire: Ron Kulpa— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) May 2, 2021
Final: Rangers 8, Red Sox 6#StraightUpTX // #DirtyWater#TEXvsBOS // #BOSvsTEX pic.twitter.com/Mt1Un9s6DF
Latest updates on stadium attendance policies. A few places will increase to full capacity by the end of May ($).
Ivy League universities did not resume sports this spring. Here’s how some of their baseball players have found a “Plan B”. ($)