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Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Tampa Bay Rays

Earlier this week the Tampa Bay Rays gave both a farewell and a welcome home to Yankees captain and Tampa resident Derek Jeter. 1. A 16-foot kayak decorated with Yankee pinstripes and Jeter's number 2.2. A framed jersey of Don Zimmer's, presented by his widow, Soot.3. A $16,000 check payable to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation, which breaks down to $50 for every Jeter hit...
Via Lady At The Bat
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon asks fans to send in charity shirts, wears them

Joe Maddon has pulled some pretty interesting stunts out of thin air in his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. But for the last eight weeks, the bespectacled skipper has been doing something pretty cool and it all started with a simple tweet to his more than 172-thousand followers. Send in your charity’s T-shirt & I will wear it at a postgame press conference. I’m an L+. Send...
Via Hall of Very Good
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon, Chase Headley exchange words on 'grazed' issue

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Joe Maddon's choice to use "grazed" in his postgame remarks Tuesday when referring to Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee hitting New York Yankees infielder Chase Headley on the chin last Thursday apparently touched a nerve. Maddon, the Rays' manager, brought up Headley in the aftermath of Tampa Bay reliever Steve Geltz clipping New York shortstop...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rays' Jeter tribute night gets chippy, benches clear

Derek Jeter added a few more gifts from the Tampa Bay Rays to his Farewell Tour collection Tuesday night. Before the game, the organization gave him a $16,000 donation to his Turn2 foundation, a Don Zimmer jersey, and a pinstriped kayak.Then in the eighth inning, Rays pitcher Steven Geltz chipped in with a fastball to Jeter's elbow.Your browser does not support iframes.Jeter...
Via The Other Paper
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays notes: Longoria interested in connecting with Jeter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria sees opportunity in Derek Jeter spending more time in nearby Tampa after retirement. In fact, the Tampa Bay Rays third baseman would enjoy picking Jeter's mind about baseball, leadership and other topics. "I feel like his insight and ideas and thoughts would be pretty useful to me," Longoria said of the New York Yankees shortstop...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeter has hard time paying a compliment to Tropicana Field

Derek Jeter met the press Monday — before playing his final series against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg — and got a little tongue-tied when trying to come up with a reason he might miss playing at Tropicana Field.  A reporter asked the Yankees shortstop, "Is there anything you're going to miss about playing here in the Trop?"After a pause, Jeter smiled...
Via The Other Paper
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays notes: Nick Franklin eager to begin Tampa Bay career

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Adjustment was required, but infielder Nick Franklin is eager to begin his acclimation with the Tampa Bay Rays. ''I'm more than happy to be here,'' he said Monday. ''I'm looking forward to getting to know the guys and getting familiar with our surroundings.'' Franklin, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, became the second...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Escobar riles up Toronto crowd, Rays beat Blue Jays in extras

  Yunel Escobar riled up the crowd with an exaggerated display after a home run in the eighth inning and Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday. A frequent target of boos in Toronto after being suspended by the Blue Jays for writing an anti-gay slur on his eye-black in 2012, Escobar homered off the facing...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Make Rookies Wear Crazy Costumes For Themed Road Trip

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is known for bringing some levity to the grueling 162-game Major League Baseball schedule by incorporating themed road trips for his players. The Rays most likely are not going anywhere this postseason, so Maddon’s themed road trips are a great way for the team to bond and develop chemistry. With roster expansion coming into play this month, the...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Joke that is the Tampa Bay Rays payroll will get worse in 2015

Facing the prospect of spending $1 Million per victory in 2014, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg is already promising to lower the team’s payroll next season. In stating that the team’s $76 Million paying this year was an “enormous aberration”, Sternberg said in an interview Thursday fans can expect the team to cut payroll next year. Stu Sternberg has been the Managing...
Via 110 Nation Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay To Shut Down P Drew Smyly

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays have decided to shut down starting pitcher Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season. #Rays make it official; Smyly is shut down for season. Officially TBA for Friday — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 9, 2014 This is not due to injury, […]
Via On-Base Talk
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Drew Smyly shut down for season

The Tampa Bay Rays entered Tuesday nights game against the Yankees with a record of 69-75, fourth in the American League East. Although 15 1/2 games out in the division, the Rays have been productive on the mound, ranked eighth in the Major Leagues in ERA. One pitcher who's had a fine season is Drew Smyly, but he's been shut down for the remainder of the season. #454776302...
Via MLB Injury News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Desmond Jennings not expected to return this season

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to six games below .500 at 69-75 following a 7-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. James Loney went 4-for-6 in the loss and Joel Peralta and Cesar Ramos gave up a combined five runs in three innings in relief to blow the lead. The Rays continue to play without Desmond Jennings, who is now likely done for the season with a lingering knee injury...
Via MLB Injury News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Matt Moore to throw for first time since surgery

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to six games below .500 at 69-75 following a 7-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. James Loney went 4-for-6 in the loss and Joel Peralta and Cesar Ramos gave up a combined five runs in three innings in relief to blow the lead. On the injury front, left-handed pitcher Matt Moore is scheduled to throw for the first time since Tommy John surgery...
Via MLB Injury News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon disappointed with Rays fans

A capacity crowd at Tropicana Field is 31,042 and, as you would imagine, the fourth place Tampa Bay Rays haven’t come close to filling the place since Opening Day. That was, of course, until Derek Jeter came to town. You see, the New York are drawing crowds all across baseball…with fans hoping to get one last glimpse of their team captain and his retirement sideshow. Saturday...
Via Hall of Very Good
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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