The Citrus Series: MLB’s most unique ‘rivalry’

This weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins face off in a three-game series to finish up their home-and-home schedule in 2021. The return of the Citrus Series at Tropicana Field has us re-living and re-visiting the history of one of the most unique ‘rivalries’ in MLB. Miami got first dibs at MLB, enteringContinue reading “The Citrus Series: MLB’s most unique ‘rivalry’”

Putting Wander Franco’s 39-game on-base streak into perspective

Wander Franco will be returning to the lineup tonight after being sidelined with right hamstring tightness on Sept. 10. In his last game, Franco reached base in his first at-bat against the Detroit Tigers before pulling up and leaving the game early on. However, that hit against the Tigers kept his on-base streak alive, increasingContinue reading “Putting Wander Franco’s 39-game on-base streak into perspective”

Rays injury & roster update: 8/20

Things are moving and shaking with the Tampa Bay Rays as the month of August comes to a close. That means even more chaos when it comes to roster moves as September marks the expansion of rosters from 26 to 28. Today, we were welcomed with a flurry of positive news that bodes well forContinue reading “Rays injury & roster update: 8/20”

Rays The Analysis: Niko Hulsizer – Ben Whitehall (Part 3)

This is the finale of a multi-part deep dive into the numbers and current trajectory of Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Niko Hulsizer. Statistics and data can be found on Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, and Baseball Savant. In my previous article, I talked about Hulsizer’s numbers so far in his minor league career up until hisContinue reading “Rays The Analysis: Niko Hulsizer – Ben Whitehall (Part 3)”

Rays The Analysis: Niko Hulsizer – Ben Whitelaw (Part 2)

This is a continuation of a multi-part deep dive into the numbers and current trajectory of Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Niko Hulsizer. Statistics and data can be found on Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, and Baseball Savant. In my previous article, I discussed where Niko Hulsizer’s road to becoming part of the Tampa Bay Rays organizationContinue reading “Rays The Analysis: Niko Hulsizer – Ben Whitelaw (Part 2)”

Rays The Analysis: Niko Hulsizer – Ben Whitelaw

This is the first in a multi-part series, a deep dive into the numbers and current trajectory of Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Niko Hulsizer. Statistics and data can be found on Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, and Baseball Savant. Niko Hulsizer found his stride after a slow start to the season and has been turning headsContinue reading “Rays The Analysis: Niko Hulsizer – Ben Whitelaw”

Carolina Connection- Margaret Gasperson

Years ago, my husband and I moved to Winter Haven from High Point, NC. I have always loved sports. We are avid sports fans, but not particularly baseball.  About a year after being here, our son surprised us with a four pack of Rays tickets for Opening Day. David Price was pitching, and we hadContinue reading “Carolina Connection- Margaret Gasperson”

Hand Up- Five things I got wrong about the 2021 season

As about a third of the baseball season is in the books, I thought it was a fitting time to reflect on some of my personal thoughts and predictions from before the season got underway. Ten preseason predictions stood out, five of them proving to be true this year and five that have not heldContinue reading “Hand Up- Five things I got wrong about the 2021 season”

An Unforgettable Experience – Sam Steinmeyer

My dad and I try to hit a different baseball stadium every summer for a vacation. He always let me pick the destination and in the winter before the 2008 season started, I saw the Rays change their name from Devil Rays to Rays. I told my dad I wanted to go to Tampa andContinue reading “An Unforgettable Experience – Sam Steinmeyer”

Born and (Ray)sed – Danielle Hendrix

As someone who was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, it’s only fitting that I grew up a Rays fan. Having a dad who loves sports and became a Rays and Bucs fan when he moved to St. Petersburg in the ‘80s, I was rooting for the Rays from an early age. IContinue reading “Born and (Ray)sed – Danielle Hendrix”