Tag: Tampa Bay Rays

Pirates Have Pitching Personnel Conducive To Trying Something Revolutionary

PITTSBURGH — On Friday, Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that his club would do something not often tried in Major League Baseball: Deploy a relief pitcher as his starter. Cash told reporters that Sergio Romo, who had never started a game in his 11-year big-league career, would the mound for the first inning Saturday night […]
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How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, then claimed they would use both first base options in the outfield. That removed two first base options from the market, leaving the Pirates, Brewers, and the Rays to decide between James Loney, Ike Davis, and Mitch Moreland. Loney has been asking for three years […]
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First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won...

What Would the Rays Do? If you’ve read this site long enough, you will have seen that phrase from me. And by “long enough”, I mean “for at least a week”. The Rays are the model organization for any small market team. They’ve found a way to win with a much smaller payroll, in the […]
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Hunter Pence and the 2008 Rays

Remember back before the 2011 season started, when the Pittsburgh Pirates were coming off a 57-105 season, easily making them the worst team in the majors?  Remember when the debate was “will they lose 100 games again in 2011”?  Remember when the only sign of hope was “the 2008 Rays went from worst to first”. […]
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The More Important Topic That Coonelly Discussed

A week ago we posted our interview with Frank Coonelly, discussing a wide variety of topics relating to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, it seems that only one topic received attention, and it wasn’t even one of the interesting topics. The discussion about payroll and attendance has been repeated many times.  The comments made by Coonelly […]
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Ryan Beckman On Today’s Game

During today’s Pirates spring opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Kevin Correia wasn’t able to complete his schedule two innings due to reaching his pitch count. Prior to the game, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to make his spring debut, felt some soreness in his left elbow so he was scratched and he […]
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No Bad Analogies Needed for Baseball Economics

Let me tell you a little story about a friend I have.  This friend is a chef that owns his own restaurant.  Unfortunately he’s not a very good chef, and for that reason, his business struggles.  Customers always ask him to improve his product, but he simply replies that those customers need to support his […]
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The Rays Demonstrate What the Pirates Need to Achieve

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t share a lot of similarities these days.  The Rays broke out in 2008, and have been contending in the tough American League East ever since.  The Pirates, on the other hand, just completed their 18th losing season in a row in 2010.  However, both small market […]
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Random thoughts on a snow-covered Saturday

As I went to bed last night, I had a couple of tentative ideas on how I would spend my Saturday morning. First on the list was running a couple of much-needed errands. This morning, I sat up in bed and glanced out the window. Approximately one foot of snow engulfed my car, covering the […]
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