Would Rays Be Able To Secure the AL Awards with Kevin Cash and Blake Snell as Finalists?

The MLB’s most anticipated week is about to begin. Starting Monday some of the biggest awards will be held out to the most eligible candidates along with BBWAA awards being presented to the major four each night.

Rays fans are expected to be most excited for the Tuesday and Wednesday nights for Kevin Cash has been announced the finalist for the AL Manager of the Year Award for which the results will be announced on Tuesday night and another big news is Black Snell being nominated for the AL CY Young Award.

David Price has previously won one CY Young Award back in 2012 for the Rays and Joe Maddon for the Manager of the year back in 2008 and 2011

Following is the list of the finalists for each award according to the days they are going to be announced. The announcements will be made during live shows between 6 to 7 pm on MLB Network:

Monday –Rookie of the Year Award


Nominees from AL:

3B Miguel Andújar of Yankees

DH/RHP Shohei Ohtani of Angels

INF Gleyber Torres of Yankees

And the nominees from NL:


OF Ronald Acuña Jr. of Braves

RHP Walker Buehler of Dodgers

OF Juan Soto of Nationals


Tuesday – Manager of the Year Award

Nominees from AL:


Kevin Cash of Rays

Alex Cora of Red Sox

Bob Melvin of Athletics.

Nominees from NL:


Bud Black of Rockies

Craig Counsell of Brewers

Brian Snitker of Braves



Wednesday – Cy Young Award

Nominees from AL:


Corey Kluber of Indians

Blake Snell of Rays

Justin Verlander of Astros

Nominees from NL:


Jacob deGrom of NY Mets

Aaron Nola of Phillies

Max Scherzer of Nationals




Thursday – MVP

Nominees from AL:


OF Mookie Betts of Red Sox

INF José Ramírez of Indians

OF Mike Trout of Angels

Nominees from NL:


3B Nolan Arenado of Rockies

INF Javier Báez of Cubs

OF Christian Yelich of Brewers


Blue Jays 10-3 Win Broke the Winning Streak Of Tampa Bay Rays

There were two home runs from CF Kevin Kiermaier and C Nick Cuiffo made his first appearance as a big-league player a huge hit and RHP Jake Faria was fabulous in his return to major leagues.

But what is more important is that the Rays reminded that they are not always going to win every single game they play much to our disappointment and that getting back at the race for the second place in AL East can also be hard on them.

This was the impression they gave through the Wednesday’s game against Blue Jays when they had to face a dreadful 10-3 lose. Rays gave up seven runs in the top of the first inning and were never able to recover after that.

Though they have been great in their early 13 wins out of 15 while they went rock-hard against Atlanta, Cleveland and Toronto, what brings us back to reality is that this loss left them at 75-64 with the 23 games left they have already dropped eight games back.

Kiermaier who had to sit out on Sunday due to a sore back has been doing well swinging the balls. He tried his best to put a good end to an otherwise ruined and disappointing game of the season. The homers he made were his fifth and sixth and he was just about to make another when RF Randal Grichuk made a leaping catch at the wall eventually giving him a .367 average over his past 14 games.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Kiermaier said. “We have to do a lot of things right and hope a couple other teams falter down the stretch. It’s one of those things we know we’re not going to win every game from here on out. It’s just not how this game works.

“Probably the highlight of the night,” manager Kevin Cash said. “KK, he’s got the potential to get really hot. I’m not saying he’s going to. But I think that’s a huge step in the right direction, this series (6-for-10, four extra-base hits) was.”

Ciuffo reached on an infield single. Faria worked three innings in his first action since Aug. 15.

“Tonight just wasn’t our night,” Kiermaier said at another point.

Definitely not for RHP Tyler Glasnow, who allowed the seven runs at the beginning of the first inning that put Rays in this giant pit. Still, The Rays’ are still in process of discovering Tyler Glasnow.

Up till now, they have seen him playing his best while he put up a strong fight against Indians ace Corey Kluber for a total of seven astounding innings in which he allowed only two hits and a run.

Then it brings us to now, where he played worse than anybody could have expected of him when he miserably played out the first inning against the Blue Jays allowing five hits, two walks, and seven runs.

Galsnow has a powerful strategy he calls a slider, featuring an upper 90s fastball along with a big curve put into a harder version. But back to this game the 25-year-old admitted he thought he was ready against jays.

“When you’re pitching, you have to eliminate everything you can’t control,” he said. “I know it’s cliche, but when I’m out there, I’m only thinking about getting the guy out who’s up at-bat at that time.”

Tyler Glasnow debuted With 5 Strikeouts In A 7-2 Win Against Angels

On the Wednesday night against Angles Rays pulled out their newest asset and barged on Angles, Tyler Glasnow was acquired in a trade on Tuesday that involved sending Chris Archer to the Pirates. However, Glasnow proved that he was totally worth it. In his debut game with Rays, he went ahead with such magnificent energy and that made the crowd go wild with cheers.

The game started with striking out David Fletcher with a fantastic K, A 97-mph four-seamer on the inside corner for strike three. Kole Calhoun came out next and made a shot into the Rays tank that gave a 1-0 lead to Angeles, then Mike Trout reached out the base, but that is not the end of the story. Glasnow took care of that too, he took good care of Trout on his attempt to steal third departing from the mound with 5 strikeouts in 3 innings and a walk.


“Fastball, curveball, slider today, I had a good feel for things,” Glasnow said following the Rays’ 7-2 win. “I felt relaxed out there. Overall, the feel in this clubhouse is really good. It’s relaxed, it’s friendly.”

Even the opponents could not sit still to see his job-well-done:

“He’s got a big arm,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He made some good pitches and did what they needed him to do. He got the game to a certain point, and then they came in and did a good job. He’s got a big arm, no doubt.”

Obviously, this debut was no match to any debut ever made by any MLB Player in History. Also, this means a lot for the future of the Rays and from the looks of it, I’m sure the futures looking good. Let’s see what’s manager Kevin Cash’s take on that:

“Probably not going to [throw 70 percent strikes] all of the time,” Cash said. “But a great start. If he’s featuring that kind of stuff at a 70 percent clip in the zone, he’s going to have a special career.”

Probably, but still, Glasnow is good for rays, I hope this way they can let go of the disappointment of trading Chris Archer.

After Glasnow, Jake Faria took the mound in the 4th inning and immediately struck out Trout. After getting back from DL it was his first time getting on with action. After that Angeles took a 2-0 lead with singles from Pujols and Andrelton Simmons.

Then Tommy Pham led the second half of the 4th which ended with 0-3 with a walk a run and an HBP on ribs. Then Willy Adames hit a hard base to the left to tied things up.

And that’s not it, rays weren’t satisfied with just that continuing the game Mallex Smith got a triple out into the LCF gap giving Rays a 3-2 lead. Then the 4th home run of the year from Willy made it more of a great game to see and Rays went up to a 4-2 lead. After an RBI Single from Matt Duffy, Jake Bauers made a pretty good shot, his 9th homer of the season then Jose Alvarado closed things up.

The game was worth it, All the Rays were in full form and had done a great job leading them to a 7-2 win over Angels.

“A lot of the same guys turning it over and getting big, timely hits when we need them,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

The Tampa Bay Rays Major Trades: Nathan Eovaldi For LHP Jalen Beeks & Matt Andriese For catcher Michael Perez Plus RHP Brian Shaffer

The Tampa Bay Rays have been busy making some major trading deals with Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. On Wednesday Morning, the Rays traded Nathan Eovaldi in exchange for the LHP Jalen Beeks.

“I knew I was on the trading block,” Eovaldi said. “I guess my initial reaction when they first said I got traded, I was like oh because I feel like I’ve developed such a relationship with all the guys here, and all the opportunity that the Rays gave me to come back and recover from my surgery….But then again when they said it was Boston I can’t help but be excited about that. First place in our division, that says a lot. … Really excited about going over there and helping that team.”

Eovaldi has pitched fine since recovering after his injuries, he was getting ready for the game and was unaware that a deal concerning him was in action. Then he was called by manager Kevin Cash around 10:30 and was informed that he got traded.

“I was just about ready to start getting ready for the start when he called me in,” Eovaldi said. “Everything is kind of swirling right now.”

Beeks in one of the finest trade prospect for Tampa Bay Rays, since his major league debut in June with Red Sox he is been giving outstanding performances in all of his games. He is now 34-28, 3.63 in 96 Games from which he started in 94 games.

After this deal, everyone was thinking that’s it when Rays Landed another bomb on our heads with another big deal marking Matt Andriese. They traded Matt Andriese in the afternoon of the same day getting catcher Michael Perez and RHP Brian Shaffer in exchange from Arizona Diamondbacks.

Andriese has a record of 3-4, 4.07 ERA in 27 games and been doing a lot better as a starter a 4.28 ERA. He has learned a lot and he says that he appreciates the time he has spent with the Rays.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities the Tampa Bay Rays gave me to become a well-rounded pitcher,” he said via text. “And for the friendships, I built with my teammates, the coaching staff, clubhouse guys and front office.” Get your Tampa Bay Rays tickets discount coupon and must watch their match live.

25 years old catcher Michael Perez, the Diamondbacks draft pick in 2011 seems like the key deal for the Rays as he has been recently listed as the best defensive catcher by Baseball America. This season his record looks something like this a .284/.342/.417 line in Triple-A Reno and a 38.4% caught stealing record. Furthermore, he has hit six home runs and 29 RBI in 58 games for Triple-A Reno.

The Pitcher Brian Shaffer, on the other hand, is only 21 years old and has a record of 7-5 with a 2.70 ERA. He has played at the University of Maryland with Rays minor league prospect Brandon Lowe before being picked by the Diamondbacks in the last season in the 6th round of amateur picks.

Rays fans are looking forward to upcoming games for the performances by new additions in the team.

Tampa Bay Rays: It’s Time To Move Ahead

Considering Rays most recent increase in losses and injuries it is better for Tampa Bay Rays to think of the future now.

Tampa Bay Rays although are better at their hometown games they need a  lot of work when they face their opponents on their grounds. They stand at a 49-47, with 26-17 at home and 23-30 when they are away, that obviously can get better with time but maybe that time is now. they need to think fast and do what they need to do now.

The Team is in a transition period and working its way up but still, there are teams in American League that are doing a lot better than them namely Red Sox and Yankees.

Through recent rumors and outcomes drawn from Rays recent performances, we have come up with a few suggestions that might come in handy in forming the team in a better way.

First of Chris Archer needs to go, though he doesn.t becomes a free agent till 2020, the soon to be 30 years old player has given enough years to rays already. it’s time when rays should consider him for a trade. They may not get that good alternative against him but still can do a lot better.

Besides there have been some signs that suggest Archer himself wants to be traded, for example during an interview when he was asked if he was the rays organization where would he see Chris Archer, his reply was something like this:

“If I’m an organization, I would want to keep me, but that’s the thing, other organizations would like to have me, too,” he said. “I don’t know why (they’d trade me). I signed a contract that is extremely affordable, especially for what I provide. Outside of being out for six weeks, take away the win-loss and stuff like that, and I cover 200 innings. I can help influence any young pitcher and player, I like hanging out with our position players, too.

“At the same time, Manny Machado, five players just came back (to the Orioles from the Dodgers) for two months of service. I’m sure it’s enticing because they could get more, but if I’m an organization, I would want to keep me.”

The words “other organizations would like to have me, too,” didn’t go unnoticed.

Other than that, Another One of players Rays have that was fit to be traded and had the potential to bring in a great trading deal is Wilson Ramos; however, he is on a DL List after his hamstring injury. Now it’s time to change direction and look to extend his contract. That will be best for the team. Also, the player seems to want to stay to in one of his recent comments he said:

“They know how to play this game. So, I’m very happy with this team. We are [competitive]. We’ve made a couple of mistakes. It happens in the game when you are young. I’m 100 percent sure this team will be good soon.”

As the rays have all the young players in their pitching staff it is better to have the security of a well-experienced pitcher like Wilson Ramos to stay on the team.

Tampa Bay Rays Planning For A Future Ballpark Stadium in Ybor City

On Tuesday Night, The Tampa Bay Rays revealed a visionary plan of a $900 million Ballpark near Ybor City. The plans for the stadium outlay is ready, though it is a small stadium for the Major league Baseball Stadium Standards with an estimate of approximately 30,842 seats, but has the visuals are great. With a roof completely made-up of glass and a full domed shaped stadium is expected to take 5 to 6 years in completion and will be placed across Ybor city.

“I think you’re looking at a four-to-five-year buildup, 36 months on the construction side,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Will we live or die based on whether we have this stadium? No. We’re going to be fine with or without it, but I would love to have it.”

The Rays owner, Stuart Sternberg regards the plans as “a dramatic break from the past”. He says that the franchise is attempting to make a long-term commitment to the region and this ballpark will act as a major attraction for the city and bring in finance.

“That was the best opportunity to happen here in Tampa, at the center of the Tampa Bay region,” Sternberg said. “We believe that baseball cannot only survive but thrive here in Tampa, and Tampa Bay, and all the growth that comes ahead of us.”

Although the location and infrastructure have been decided there has not been a single announcement regarding who is going to pay for a stadium such as this. The guess is the rays are expecting a big contribution to the stadium from the government. The tax money that should be used for the city’s upbringing is expected to be spent on a million dollars project for the people who already earn millions.

“The test is when people see this,” explained Matt Silverman, the club’s president. “If people are getting behind this vision for how our ballpark can look and see how it can feed into Ybor City, if we’re on the same page there, we have a better shot at figuring out the plans.”

The ray’s chief development officer, Melanie Lenz, has come to an estimate of an $892,429,823 cost on stadium’s construction with 30% spent on only the roof.

The owner, Sternberg of the rays, said that he is expecting to draw a $150 million contribution from the team. The remaining burden comes to the government.

“It’s a step,” The mayor, Buckhorn said of Sternberg’s comment, “A baby step,” he added. “I think the reality is that unless the Rays are able to get to close to half, this will be a very difficult transaction to complete.”

If the Rays could not manage half of the contribution the taxpayers are going to be hooked for the payment. It’s been happening over the years that and Tampa Bay Rays are expecting the same giving it a shape of city’s welfare that’s been seen in history is never the case in these types of scenarios.

Will Ray be able to come to terms with their dream of building a brand-new stadium or not, and if they somehow achieve this goal will this bring any improvement in their performance this we still have to see.

Tampa Bay Rays Defeated Marlin In A Lengthy & Strange Game Ever Played

Tampa Bay Rays and Marlin 9-6 game on Tuesday was one of the most bizarre match ever seen in history. The game went on for more than 5 hours and constituted of 16 innings. The game was long enough to make it seem like the whole series. The game started with a quick 2-0 lead to the Rays side when Wilson Ramos went deep with his home run in the first inning that earned Rays the initial two-point with Marlins being on zero.

Looking at the doubles one after another by Daniel Robertson and Adeiny Hechavarria the second inning went as smooth as first for Rays. After two runs from them and one single from Mallex Smith, the game looked to be cushioning the starter, Ryan Yarbrough.

Yarbrough allowed one single and a two-out double, it couldn’t get worse, but after deliberately walking No. 8 hitter Lewis Brinson, he allowed a two-run single to Richards, the opposing starter. Then Austin Pruitt stepped in and gave up the rest of the lead. He allowed a walk; two singles and a sac fly to make it a tie 4-4.

After that nothing much happened between 4th to 15th innings. The game then took a weird and amazing turn when Vidal Nuno walked in he helped a lot in smoothing the way to the victory for the Rays with his RBI Single. But unfortunately, he was called out. Then Daniel Robertson followed Nuno by giving one of his own double and gave 9-4 lead to Tampa Bay Rays.

“We’re beat up, we got some guys that were hurt, but ultimately to win,” Manager Kevin Cash said. “We get off to an early start, and then we didn’t really play maybe our best, but they found a way. The guys kept grinding through. Both teams grinded a long time, some odd matchups, some unique situations that came about, presented themselves. But ultimately we found a way to win.”

The rays did find an odd way out of their long no run misery that started off from the 4th inning onwards to the 15th then the game totally turned around giving rays their win over marlins in the 16th inning.

“Definitely not how you draw up in a lot of different ways,” third baseman Matt Duffy said. “Typically, in a 16-inning game there are going to be some ugly things and there was today. We had Sucre start the 16th and they had (pitcher Dan) Straily pinch-hit as the tying run. Obviously not an ideal day but happy to come out with the win.”

The game was one hell of a day and been recorded as the longest game in Rays History and the second longest overall.

Now with Nuno being on the DL rays are highly lacking the pitching depth and there is still one last game with Marlins for their 4-game series. The rumors have it that they’ll be adding a couple of fresh arms to the team.

It’s just business.

I swear that I intended for yesterday’s post on attendance to be my last word on the issue so that this space could re-focus itself on the ballclub.

But, this story just won’t die, thanks in part to David Price and Evan Longoria.

I worked up quite an angry sweat on the treadmill this morning while reading the opinions of Price and Longo. I was prepared to point out the ignorance of athletes demanding blind loyalty from fans without pledging their loyalty to the fans in return. I was even prepared to promise to buy season tickets just as soon as Price and Longo signed lifetime contracts with the Rays whose salary was gauged to economic conditions and not on-field performance.

But, the more I thought about it, the more my anger abated. Longoria and Price are children. Not children in age (although they are both young) but children in life experience. They have been pampered through an athlete-centric culture that has protected them from the realities of the outside world, in particular the business world.

This is not a critique of athlete-worship. I am merely pointing out that we insulate our athletes so they keep the bright-eyed innocence of children. All they have to think about is the game. That is part of the reason we turn to sports for entertainment. It is an escape from reality.

That escape, however, can rear its ugly head when the folks living inside the bubble attempt to analyze things outside the white lines. (See Schilling, Curt).

The fact of the matter is, neither Longoria nor Price have any reason to know the reality of sports business. They cannot comprehend that fans won’t come to the yard to see them play because they only equate on-field performance with attendance. I would guess that neither Longoria nor Price has bought a ticket to anything. For that matter, I’d bet that neither Longoria nor Price has ever sold anything.

Their complaints, of course, are naive. It is the equivalent of a restaurant complaining that customers are not filling tables even though the cook has been making great food. Eating out, like going to the ballgame, is not a necessity. Companies in the entertainment world need to find the right incentives to convince consumers to spend money they do not otherwise have to spend. The Rays are currently failing at this.

Instead of blaming management for poor business strategy, or looking to factors outside anyone’s control — like the economy, the children in the clubhouse blame the customers. That is understandable. Price, Longoria, and the rest of the Rays derive a significant portion of their own self-worth from the blind adoration of fans. Of course it feels personal to them. Someone needs to take them aside and explain, it’s not personal, it’s just business.