The week started out so promising. But after sweeping the Red Sox and winning the first game in New York, the Rays were non competitive in the next two. Dropping the Yankee series likely means the end of the division title hopes. Rays are still looking great for a Wild Card slot as they head to Toronto for five (5!) before closing out the week with three against the Rangers.
Some moves before the Toronto series.
A reminder that while the division doesn’t look great right now, you count the Rays out at your peril.
The newest Rasmussen.
MLB Pipeline Pitching Lab on Rays prospect Taj Bradley.
With four distinctive pitches, top #Rays prospect Taj Bradley has become one of the most consistently dominant hurlers in the Minors.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 8, 2022
Take a closer look at each offering in our Pitching Lab: https://t.co/AA42XLpIqp pic.twitter.com/SY1E994j0Q
Taylor Walls notes.
After each game, #Rays INF Taylor Walls opens a notebook, grabs a pen and answers 3 questions about his play. The benefit of journaling has been a clear mind and increased confidence, and it’s shown in his performance. https://t.co/sEOkfHP44w— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 7, 2022
Edwin Jackson officially retires.
Edwin Jackson has announced his retirement from baseball, via his Instagram.— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 10, 2022
Jackson played for 14 different MLB teams, which is the all-time record. pic.twitter.com/lbCGKivMxT
Look, I love Joe Maddon. But I grew up a Phillies fan. And maybe somebody should have poked his head into Gene Mauch’s office in 1964 and told him a two man rotation for September was not ideal.
“Back in the day, these guys would never walk into Gene Mauch’s office, or into Billy Martin’s office...and try to tell you how to utilize your players."— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) September 6, 2022
-Joe Maddon on Starkville
You can listen to the whole podcast - or you can read the highlights.https://t.co/rGRqkPA5pr
FAQ in here on the rule changes for 2023— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) September 9, 2022
A 15-second pitch clock? The end of the shift? What you need to know about MLB's 2023 rule changes https://t.co/kcjEHwUn65
Albert Pujols hit number 697 to move into sole possession of fourth place on the all time home run list.
PUJOLS IS IN SOLE POSSESION OF 4TH ALL-TIME! pic.twitter.com/UMj2W6wjRp— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 11, 2022
Two Dominican teens sue the Angels.
Two teenagers are suing the Los Angeles Angels in the Dominican Republic, alleging that the team reneged on verbal agreements to sign them. Because of Dominican law, they could win -- and fundamentally change baseball.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 8, 2022
The exclusive story, free at ESPN: https://t.co/ywOvJPGfhZ
Minor leaguers will be joining the MLBPA.
The MLBPA has majority support for a minor league union, officials tell @EvanDrellich.— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 6, 2022
The MLBPA has asked MLB to formally recognize the MLBPA as the minor leaguers’ collective bargaining representatives.https://t.co/AFnJJHXobx
Some sad news from former Rays beat writer with the Athletic.
After six years of battling, my niece passed away this morning. She showed everyone around her what real strength looked like. Life owed her so much more. Being her godfather will always be the biggest honor of my life. We’ll miss her so much.— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) September 10, 2022
Danna Isabella Flores. Forever. pic.twitter.com/nIlzPKJRCO
Marco Rubio picks a fight with the Rays.
.@MarcoRubio warns @RaysBaseball that its donation went to a health care center that's offering 'harmful' gender-transition hormones for minors; @MetroInclusive says it doesn't provide puberty blockers to anyone.— Florida Politics (@Fla_Pol) September 11, 2022
Reporting by @AnneBocahttps://t.co/JZ8sS0QNVx#FlaPol
Pretty as a Trea Turner slide.
Arguably the most beautiful jump in cat history.pic.twitter.com/chGiB8Y1uu— translated cats (@TranslatedCats) September 9, 2022
Man’s best friend.
In 1400 the dog of a murdered man dueled a man it “accused” of being the murderer. pic.twitter.com/d1dvHLSBlF— Riley Stearns (@RileyStearns) September 7, 2022
I did not know how much I needed this.
SNOOP DOGG narrating ‘Planet Earth’ is just the best. pic.twitter.com/f7vkCAQQhA— Michael Warburton (@MichaelWarbur17) September 10, 2022