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Closing out an amazing year

Not a whole lot to say here.

This year has been pretty memorable for my household. I won’t bore with details but it’s been a pretty darn good year!

As far as my Rays go, who could ask for more?

I know that the boys did not go far in the playoffs, but the way they fought through the month of September kind of softened the blow of an early playoff exit.

Game 162 ring a bell?

Greatest night of baseball ever.

I hope that all have a safe night tonight and I cannot wait to see what 2012 has in store for us all.

The countdown comes soon…

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This will be short.

I have no idea how this game will end. Nobody does.

But I can that I have never been prouder of my team. They won’t stop. They won’t quit.

They’ve been counted out for the entire season.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Wow.

Honestly, I’m hoping for a great Rays win here in the 11th. Robbie is teething and daddy needs some sleep.

But no matter what this has been a simply incredible year.

Go Rays.

Keeps Gettin Better

It has been a while. I’ve been watching the boys, but I’ve been watching MY boy more. Thus no writing.

Just saw Jed Lowrie strike out to put the Sox and Rays in a tie for the wild card. Amazing!

Who–other than a Rays fan–would have thought the Rays could be relevant this final week?

Heck, who thought they would be relevant this season!? Aren’t they supposed to be behind the Blue Jays in the AL East?

I could not be prouder to e a Rays fan now. And I am ecstatic that my son’s first season of baseball has the possibility of being so historic!!

It is a 2-game season folks. I’m excited. I am sure the same cannot be said of Sox fans.

Go get em Rays!!

It’s Been Awhile, but the Trade Deadline is Here!

Kids take alot of time.  Totally worth it…

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So what will the Rays do as the trade deadline looms? 

It seems that the Tampa Bay franchise is best when it avoids the big deal at the deadline.  The deals that make this team what is has been for the last four years or so are the deals that go unnoticed by the MLB public at large.  The Rays will likely end up picking up a guy off the waiver list and stand pat with what they have.

But, just in case…

WHO IS LIKELY GOING?

BJ Upton has already called the trade rumors about him “comical.”  It’s true.  A trade rumor about BJ is like all of the foreclosed houses in the area–omnipresent and depressing.

He’s a big talent, of course.  But he hasn’t utilized that talent at all, which makes him expendable.  Plus, he’s apt to make about $7 million in arbitration next year.

That REALLY makes him expendable. 

The best rumor I’ve heard is that he would go to the Nationals (they are doing things right in DC, aren’t they?) for their SS Ian Desmond and a catcher.  I’m a big fan of Desmond–of his speed, his power, and his youth.  Not many teams have strength at the SS position, so brining him to St. Pete would be great.

Let’s not forget that the Rays have Desmond Jennings, who is hitting .500 right now, primed to take BJ’s place. 

Oooooo, things do not look good for the underachieving Upton.

LIKELIHOOD: Medium

James Shields has had a TON of rumors about him.  The Reds seem to be the frontrunners in the “Big Game” sweepstakes.  However, I do not see the Rays, a team who is so shrewd when it comes to storing pitching, moving him.  His price next season will be $7 million, just like BJ, but that money for a solid #2 pitcher is much smarter to use than on a center fielder.

LIKELIHOOD: Miniscule

JP Howell has made a nice comeback from Tommy John surgery a few years ago, but he is not all the way back.  Nevertheless, there are suitors for the left-handed reliever.  They say that the Royals might want him back, but who wouldn’t want a strong lefty with a wicked curve in their bullpen?

LIKELIHOOD: Could Happen

Kyle Farnsworth has had a renaissance this season, becoming the closer the Rays thought they had lost when Rafael Soriano left town for the New York Yankees last season.  He would fetch a pretty penny on the market.  With the Rays falling out of the race, they can afford to experiment in the closer department.  Since Farnsie would ask for much more money next season, the Rays likely would not be able to afford him.  So…

LIKELIHOOD: Gone

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The bottom line is that the Rays listen to deals on all of its players.  Jeremy Hellickson has been mentioned in trades, but there is no way he’s going anywhere.  That doesn’t mean the Rays won’t listen.

Tomorrow will be a big day.  4 pm Eastern Time is the drop dead time, and it will be fun to guess about who is going where.  Unfortunately, for Rays fans, anyway, no matter what deals are done they will not lead to October. 

But next season, who knows…

First Mobile Post! Draft Day!!

This is not going to be a long one. No jokes please…

I’m putting up a post while holding Robbie–no small feat–while also watching the draft. Of course, not many people care about the MLB draft because there are never any immediate returns. You typically have to wait several years before any of these guys start showing up in the majors.

That’s ok with me.

The MLB draft is one of hope. It is strategic. It is vital to trams such as the Rays, Pirates, and Royals. A poor draft hurts for a few years.

What I’m thinking tonight:
–The Rays have the #2 ranked farm system in MLB!

–the Yanks have the #5 system! That is a surprise!!

–the Rays have 10 picks in the first 60.

–this draft is possible because of the departures of top free agents Carl, Carlos, Wheeler, and Soriano. Their losses hurt BUT we hve a team in 3rd place without them AND will infuse the 2nd best system out there with 12 more picks in the first 89! The future looks good!!

–I’d like to see the Rays get a few starters, a SS, and a power hitting 1b. That will be a strong draft for sure.

–I’m keeping an eye out for a local product from the high school down the street (can’t remember the name). Strong pitcher. Strong hitter.

So the draft starts with two pitchers going. Not a surprise!

Go Rays.