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Kenta Maeda hoping to return to Minnesota Twins by September

If the Minnesota Twins are still contending for the playoffs come September, they may have an unexpected boost to the pitching staff. Kenta Maeda had undergone Tommy John surgery back in September 2021. With the timing of the procedure, it seemed likely that he would miss the entirety of the upcoming season. Instead, Maeda is […] Kenta Maeda hoping to return to Minnesota Twins by September - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tampa Bay Rays: What to do with Tyler Glasnow

In theory, the Tampa Bay Rays have an easy decision to make with Tyler Glasnow. He is easily the ace of the staff when healthy, someone that has the ability to be the top of the rotation arm that they need. The problem has been keeping Glasnow on the mound as he has eclipsed 100 […] Tampa Bay Rays: What to do with Tyler Glasnow - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Austin Meadows has been trying to hit the catwalks

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ An alarming trend for the Rays slugger Austin Meadows put together a 2021 season that had many ups and downs. Overall, it was a decent year for the Rays slugger as he hit .234/.315/.458 (113 wRC+) with 27 homeruns and 106 RBIs over 142 games. His season was certainly an improvement from his forgettable 2020 campaign (88 wRC+) but a step down compared to his great 2019 season (144 wRC+). There has been quite a bit of variability in Meadows’ offensive production to this point in his career. What is most interesting to me though is the recent...

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Mets Morning News for January 26, 2022

Photo by Bryan Yablonsky/ Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Former Met Billy Wagner received 52 percent of the vote on the Hall of Fame ballot with three years remaining. There’s still plenty for the Mets front office and Buck Showalter to do once the lockout ends. Former Met Jeff Innis is in the hospital in Houston fighting for his life, and you can view his GoFundMe here. Around the National League East The Braves and A’s discussed a potential Matt Olson trade before the owners lockout began. The Marlins...

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Mike Zunino is good

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports If you are a Rays fan, you may feel that catchers who are reasonably good behind the plate and reasonably effective with the bat are like unicorns. You read about them, you dream about them, but do we have any evidence that such a creature exists? Last year, however, Rays fans got to see a catching duo that framed, blocked, threw out runners, and was not a black hole at the bottom of the lineup. Leading that duo was Mike Zunino. Zunino’s first two years with the Rays were not great. He was credited with managing a young pitching staff, but...

Baltimore Sun

Oriole of the Day: Jorge Mateo finally offered glimpse of potential in Baltimore stint

Jorge Mateo’s first stint with the Orioles was brief but exhilarating. Once ranked the New York Yankees’ top prospect, Mateo got his first run of extended major league playing time with Baltimore and thrived, only for a back injury to cut the showcase short.

Red Reporter

2022 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Andrew Abbott is your #11 Prospect!

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports Andrew Abbott’s reliability as a reliever early in his career and his durability as a starter his senior year gave you guys the confidence to place him as our #11 prospect. Another pitcher joins the fold. Keep voting Reds fans! Bryce Bonnin - RHP (23 years old) 2021 at a glance: 2.87 ERA in 13 innings between the ACL Reds (Arizona Rookie League), Daytona Tortugas (Low-A Southeast League), and Dayton Dragons (High-A Central League); 71/17 K/BB. Pros: Fastball that flirts with 100 mph, plus slider Cons: Injury pushed back his season...

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View from the Catwalks: No Sister City for you!

Photo by Brian Blanco/ Stu’s sister city scheme succumbs to reality Stu Sternberg held a press conference last week to announce the MLB had put the kibosh on the sister city plan. Dear Rays Fans,⁰⁰For more than two decades, the Rays have proudly served as Tampa Bay’s hometown team, supporting our community and uplifting our growing region. Our priorities are to win baseball games and keep the team in Tampa Bay for generations to come.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) January 20, 2022 Local area leaders reacted to the news. Reaction from a plethora of...

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How Rene Pinto jumped to the top of the catcher depth chart

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports The catching prospect that emerged out of the pandemic was not top-line acquisition Blake Hunt. Prior to the pandemic interrupting the facets of everything in the world, Rene Pinto had been an organizational soldier for the Tampa Bay Rays. He served as a backstop throughout the lower rungs of the organization, mainly serving as the backup catcher at each level he was playing in. Although he never merited that much attention as a prospect, Pinto had always posted solid offensive results as he hit .280/.335/.419 over 1,422 plate...

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Padres roster review: Mike Clevinger

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2022 season: Mike Clevinger is hoping to contribute after missing the 2021 season while recovering from the second Tommy John surgery of his career

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Dodgers News: Will Smith Focuses On ‘One Pitch At A Time’ With Large Staff

The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt with a multitude of injuries last season that tested how good their depth was as...

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Atlanta Braves have signs of hope with Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna may be one of the biggest question marks of the upcoming season for the Atlanta Braves. He had struggled at the beginning of the 2021 season before missing the rest of the season due to injury and the investigation into his domestic violence arrest. Since he was essentially given time served by the […] Atlanta Braves have signs of hope with Marcell Ozuna - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Will Josh Lowe inherit centerfield?

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports The athletic outfielder is set to emerge as an everyday player On September 8th, 2021 another piece of the future arrived for the Tampa Bay Rays. Josh Lowe made his big league debut. Lowe, the younger brother of former Rays first baseman Nate Lowe, was selected in the first round (13th overall) in the 2016 draft by Tampa Bay. He was touted as one of the best athletes of the 2016 draft class by Baseball America and all of his tools drew strong praise; some scouts even thought of possibly drafting Lowe as a pitcher. His only weakness was...

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2022 DRaysBay Community Prospect List No. 20

Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Colby White was one of the most dominant relief pitchers in minor league baseball in 2021. Previous winner RHP Colby White (6’0 190, 23 in 2022) 2021 statistics with Low-A Charleston, High-A Bowling Green, Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham: 62 1⁄3 IP, 1.44 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 6.5 BB%, 45.0 K% In retrospect, the Rays probably didn’t need 16 1⁄3 innings to know White was too good for Low A, or 23 1⁄3 innings to know he was too good for High A, or 13 innings to know he was too good for Double A. It’s rare for a...

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Is Jordan Groshans the Blue Jays answer at third base this season?

Heading into the 2021 campaign, Blue Jays prospect Jordan Groshans was coming off a year playing ball at the alternate training site and a 2019 season where he spent most of the campaign on the injured list with a foot injury, appearing in only 23 games with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts. A first-round pick […] Is Jordan Groshans the Blue Jays answer at third base this season? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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MLB kills Rays sister city plan with Montreal

The Executive Council has ruled the Rays cannot pursue splitting their season with Montreal in sudden change of opinion. The Tampa Bay Rays appeared to be caught off guard this week when MLB’s Executive Council voted to end the team’s pursuit of splitting home games with the city of Montreal. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced the change of approval from MLB in a somber press conference this afternoon. Statement from the Tampa Bay Rays regarding Sister City Baseball plan: pic.twitter.com/N9tA1CTeED— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) January 20, 2022 During...

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The Rays “sister city” plan is dead, what’s next? - DRaysBay Podcast Special

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports We react to the news that MLB has killed the Rays split-season plan with Montreal, then dive into what happens next Following the news that MLB’s Executive Council had killed the Rays “sister city” plan with Montreal, we provide an instant reaction to Rays owner Stu Sternberg’s press conference, which announced the team’s failure on Thursday afternoon. Brett is joined by Danny and Darby for the instant reaction, where we project what’s next in the Rays Stadium Saga, and end the podcast with our assessments of the “sister...

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Tampa Bay Rays: Stu Sternberg’s split city idea was always doomed to fail

With MLB officially nixing the Tampa Bay Rays “split city” idea, it leaves questions as to what the future of the Rays, and what repercussions that principal owner Stu Sternberg will face. MLB put to rest one of the most critically panned ideas that has been entertained in professional sports, and it leaves question marks […] Tampa Bay Rays: Stu Sternberg’s split city idea was always doomed to fail - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says split-city teams are ‘the wave of the future’

Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays | Photo by Julio Aguilar/ I don’t think I’d want to live in that future. As you have probably heard — and if you haven’t it’s been covered in depth in today’s Outside The Confines — the Tampa Bay Rays’ plan to have two stadiums built for them, one in Tampa, one in Montreal, and operate as a two-city team, were nixed by MLB’s Executive Council. I wrote that this was a bad idea back in October, and later that month wrote another article saying that this proposal was probably about leveraging a stadium to be...

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Outside The Confines: Rays’ split-city plan is dead

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ Looks like Montreal will need to wait a bit longer to see baseball return. Ding dong, the deal is dead. The Rays’ bold (and oft-criticized) plan to offer a split season with the team having dual home stadiums in both St. Petersburg (or Tampa proper, depending on new stadium deals) and Montreal is now officially dead after MLB has denied their proposal. The deal was always going to be a long shot, but had previously gained some traction with positive response from Commissioner Rob Manfred. However, it now appears that the Rays will need to...

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Tampa Bay Rays setting stage for move to Montreal

By all appearances, the Tampa Bay Rays are staying put. Major League Baseball has refused to give ownership permission to explore their dual city plan, with the team playing half the season in the Tampa Bay area and the other half in Montreal. Principal owner Stuart Sternberg has said all the right things, that ownership […] Tampa Bay Rays setting stage for move to Montreal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘A no-brainer for me’: Former Rays pitching guru Dewey Robinson on joining the Pirates and much more

Dewey Robinson has spent 40-plus years in pro ball. He chose the Pirates over 4-5 other teams because he likes what he sees here.

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/21/22: MLB Expansion, Tampa Bay Rays, and More CBA Updates

No thoughts just upside-down inflatable moose | Photo by Otto Greule Jr/ We’ve got news...it’s multiplying. Hello everyone and happy Friday! Yesterday was a surprisingly busy day in the world of baseball (grading on the lockout curve) so let’s get to it. In Mariners news... Vibin’ With J-Rod may be on pause due to the lockout (since Julio is on the 40-man roster), but that didn’t stop Julio from posting some new content to his personal YouTube channel. Around the league... Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news? I suppose I can’t wait for...

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Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2022: 5

Next up on the list is a right-hander who just underwent Tommy John surgery. Name: Matthew Allan Position: RHP Born: 4/17/01 Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 lbs. Bats/Throws: R/R Acquired: 2019 MLB Draft, 3rd Round (Seminole High School) After helping lead Seminole High School to its first state championship since, Matthew Allan entered the draft ranked among the best prep pitchers in this year’s class. While not a complete unknown coming into the 2019 season, Matthew Allan wasn’t exactly at the top of the draft boards. Thanks to a strong showcase on the summer circuit in 2018...

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2022 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Christian Roa is your #9 Prospect!

Roa Constrictor! Christian Roa is an oft-injured pitcher that the Reds took in the second round of the 2020 MLB Draft. When healthy, he’s been able to miss a lot of bats and throw with the velocity that projects him to start in the big leagues. Despite his injuries, he showed everyone here enough to land him in the top 10 of these highly regarded rankings. A power-hitting catcher joins the mix today. Andrew Abbott - LHP (22 years old) 2021 at a glance: 4.15 ERA in 13 innings between the ACL Reds (Arizona Rookie League) and Daytona Tortugas (Low-A Southeast League) Pros: Good...

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Former Cubs pitcher sentenced to 40-60 years in prison for heinous crime

Former Cubs, Yankees, Marlins and Brewers pitcher Sergio Mitre is headed to prison for 40-60 years after he was convicted of femicide in Mexico, stemming from a 2020 incident in which he raped and murdered his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. Mitre was initially arrested in mid-2020 after the 22-month old infant died as a result of injuries […] Former Cubs pitcher sentenced to 40-60 years in prison for heinous crime - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB

The Tampa Bay Rays proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball.

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Friedman: New Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes brings ‘pretty rare executive profile’

A former pitcher for Friedman with the Tampa Bay Rays, the 37-year-old Gomes has risen quickly to a prominent position in the Dodgers' front office

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: