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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Some Kind of Wanderful

Tampa Bay’s uber prospect makes a big splash

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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays dropped yet another game of Manfred Ball, extending their losing streak to seven and dropping them a game and a half behind the Red Sox. But!

I think everything is going to be okay.

We are all Wander’s dad.

I can’t be the only one planning to do this.

Adam Berry on Wander’s debut: Never seen anything like this.

Topper on what Wander’s arrival means to the rest of the infield.

Wander on his debut.

In non-Wander news, Robert O’Connor writes about interpreters.

The latest in All-Star balloting. The only Ray that is actually close is Randy Arozarena. Is it too late to start a Wander write in campaign?

Colin Poche throws off a mound.

Joe Veyera has banner game to match our own Adam Sanford.

I don’t know what this means.

Former Buccaneers Carl Nassib is the first out, active gay player in the NFL.

Here is a good story on MLB umpire Dale Scott’s coming out process.

Andy McCullough at the Athletic on the Rays player-centric model. It’s long, but there’s lots of good stuff in it. For example:

“Nobody knows how long they’re going to be here, or what they’re going to be here for, or if they’re going to get traded or whatever the case is,” McHugh says. “But while you are here, you’re treated like they want you here. You’re supposed to be here. You’re not an afterthought.”

The Ball Mudder is coming. The plan is to get the mudding process uniform, and it will also (allegedly) change color if foreign substances are applied. No word on whether it can also serve as a home pregnancy test.

Our own Ashley MacLennan on Tyler Glasnow and why he can be the voice baseball need.

Formers Phillies/Rays/Brewers farmhand Dylan Cozens is leaving baseball to pursue a football career.

There were some issues during the Nats/Phillies game, as Joe Girardi lost a stare down to Max Scherzer.

Old friend Sergio Romo did them one better.

Nick Castellanos, everybody:

Is this important? This feels important.

Joey Votto was suspended for aggressive action against an umpire during Saturday’s game.

Finally, here is Cricket, the baseball loving beagle. She deserves a call up to the Show.