Well, that was fun. Shane McClanahan was the Rays lone representative, as he started the All-Star game for the American. It didn’t go great, but then again, you try pitching to a lineup full of All-Stars. The Rays then went to Kansas City, where they dropped two of three to the Royals. Now it’s on to Baltimore for a four game series, before heading back home for three against the Guardians. In roster moves, Springs was activated off the IL, while Luis Patiño was sent down the Durham to work on some stuff.
In very good news, Jeffrey Springs six month old son Stetson was able to come home from the hospital after doctors identified and treated an infection in his spinal fluid.
On the new guy Roman Quinn.
#Rays signed OF Roman Quinn to a MLB deal. He’ll likely be a 4th OF/PR type (97th %ile speed). He hasn’t hit much in MLB, but his bat is a bit more interesting than I expected. .300/.370/.443 (131 wRC+) in his last 1,038 MiLB PAs. Has multiple 430+ ft home runs, 109.4 mph MaxEV: pic.twitter.com/q6bySWnQii— Rays Metrics (@RaysMetrics) July 21, 2022
Wander Franco had $650,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his vehicle.
An alleged serial burglar stole more than $650,000 of jewelry from Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco’s car in June, according to court and police records obtained by me and @pinepaula. Nearly $550,000 worth has not been recovered.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 22, 2022
News at ESPN: https://t.co/l4K9W5yMu8
The world needs more Bo Jacksons.
Former sports star Bo Jackson covered all funeral expenses for the families of the victims of the Uvalde school massacre "so they would have one less thing to worry about as they grieved," according to a statement from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. https://t.co/9LC8r0BJsI— CNN (@CNN) July 23, 2022
Headlined by Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat — and uh, some guy named David Ortiz — as well as the late Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Minnie Miñoso and Buck O’Neil, the Class of 2022 was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Kevin Cash on playing with Big Papi.
Jamie Gatlin sat down with Rays prospect Austin Vernon.
In Philadelphia, there was a tense exchange between JIm Salisbury and Nick Castellanos. It has somehow evolved into a war among reporters. I am squarely in the “that was a stupid question” camp.
HEAVILY EDITED VIDEO WARS: Jim Salisbury vs. Nick Castellanos vs. Jamie Apody vs. Matt Gelb https://t.co/G1ApJAvnoi— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) July 25, 2022
Taj Bradley made his AAA debut and looked pretty good, going five scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and zero walks while striking out eight.
Want to watch all 8 of Taj Bradley's strikeouts from his Triple-A debut tonight?— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) July 24, 2022
Of course you do pic.twitter.com/t4DgPCZ9n7
On the downside, Curtis Mead was pulled in the third inning with right forearm tightness.
1st place @DurhamBulls (50-42) aims at 3g sweep over @NorfolkTides (44-48)— Patrick Kinas (@PatrickKinas) July 24, 2022
AL #FuturesGame starter & #RaysUp top prospect #TajBradley in AAA debut
Per Brady,IF #CurtisMead departed LN w/R forearm tightness,underwent MRI this AM,awaiting results
Airtime 4:47pE @BuzzSportsRadio pic.twitter.com/VAXwejKcVA
If Kevin Kiermaier were two minor league middle infielders.
Unreal play by the Salt Lake Bees pic.twitter.com/aMzFwvfIHU— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) July 24, 2022
If Kevin Kiermaier played cricket.
If Kevin Kiermaier were a doggo.
Dog sets frisbee record for longest catch (109 yards) pic.twitter.com/K3GbwwPxqJ— Next Fucking Level (@NxtFukingLevel) July 18, 2022
Today is the deadline for MLB and the players coming to an agreement on an international draft.
MLB, as Alden reported, is offering $191M. That’s a $69M difference with the deadline for international-draft agreement tomorrow. Not nice. Draft is extremely unlikely to be agreed upon … and if it’s not, status quo. A system rife with corruption. And qualifying offer remains. https://t.co/dKPNfEjmpD— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 25, 2022
Dave Hrusovsky says the Rays have done pretty well in trades.
Here's how the #Rays have fared in notable trades since 2010. In 128 total trades, they have given up 124.7 WAR in return for 184.5 WAR for an average return of about 0.5 WAR per trade.— David Hrusovsky Sports (@davehrus) July 23, 2022
Also, Seattle should probably stop taking TB's calls. #RaysUp #TampaBay pic.twitter.com/bILV3vLMYs
While in KC, some players, coaches, and staff paid a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
A group of @RaysBaseball players & coaches toured the @NLBMuseumKC today before their game in KC.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) July 23, 2022
What an experience learning about the history of the league & what they had to endure in their fight for equality.
Special piece on the visit airs tomorrow on @BallyRays pic.twitter.com/X3ax0S2T2Q
Yandy is a treasure.
The Jays crushed the Red Sox 28-5 on Friday, in a game that featured, among many, many other things, an inside the park grand slam. It was the most runs ever allowed by the Red Sox. And that was just the start of a no good, very bad weekend. You hate to see it. Some highlights.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/Oky95EdJnJ— Alejandro Kirk Enjoyer (@backgoesupton) July 25, 2022
Not entirely sure this is satire...
And here’s why it’s hard to tell if the above is satire.
“Manfred stoked the already billowing flames surrounding working conditions for minor leaguers Tuesday when he rejected the notion that minor leaguers do not make enough to live on. … [Minor League] salaries remain far below minimum wage.”https://t.co/VNx458N7XU— Advocates for Minor Leaguers (@MiLBAdvocates) July 20, 2022
This only counts if he also wore big red shoes.
Madison Bumgarner called Víctor Robles a clown for pimping a home run yesterday.— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) July 24, 2022
Robles unveiled a new look today pic.twitter.com/EJELctY5hr
Not gonna lie, I’d have plunked him too.
This doggo is having a Monday we can all relate to.
This cat has had enough of your bullshit.
the slap heard around the world pic.twitter.com/AuRfbX8kRO— dont show your cat (@dontshowyourcat) July 23, 2022
You can do it! Have a great week, everybody. Go Rays!