Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays non-tender Fuld
Posted Dec 2, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 09:54 PM
The Legend of Sam Fuld appears to have ended, at least in Tampa Bay.
The outfielder, one of nine arbitration-eligible Rays, was non-tendered by the team Monday.
The Rays have until midnight tonight to tender contracts to pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jake McGee, Cesar Ramos and Wesley Wright, catcher Jose Lobaton, outfielder Matt Joyce and infield/outfielder Sean Rodriguez.
Those non-tendered will become free agents.
Of the remaining eight, Ramos, Wright and Rodriguez appear to be on the bubble.
“I knew it was a possibility,” Fuld said. “By no means did I think it was a sure thing that I’d be tendered. I was prepared for it at some level. Given the season I had last year, it’s not all together surprising.”
Fuld, who came to the Rays in 2011 from the Chicago Cubs in the Matt Garza trade, exploded on the scene early in the 2011 season when he took over in left field for Johnny Damon after Damon was moved to DH to replace Manny Ramirez. His diving catches earned him the nickname “Super Sam” and turned him into a fan favorite among Rays followers.
After a hot start at the plate that season, Fuld tailed off and fell into the role as the fifth outfielder and backup center fielder.
He batted .230 in his three seasons in Tampa Bay, though that included a .199 average in 2013 with a .267 on-base percentage.
Fuld was squeezed out when the Rays re-signed outfielder David DeJesus in November. The fact that outfielder Brandon Guyer is out of options also worked against Fuld.
“It’s disappointing,” Fuld said. “(The Rays are) an amazing organization to be a part of. I understand the situation. No hard feelings.”
Fuld said he would not rule out the possibility of returning to the Rays if that becomes his best option, though that would likely be on a minor league contract.
“This is new territory for me,” he said. “I’ve been in this situation. For the first time in my life, I have some say in who I play for.”
Rays 2014 spring training schedule
Posted Nov 27, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
The Rays announced their 2014 spring training schedule today.
Tickets go on sale in January, the date to be announced later, for the games at Charlotte Sports Park and range in price from $10 to $29.
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 14 and begin their first workout Feb. 15. Position players report Feb. 19 with the first full squad workout scheduled for Feb. 20.
The Rays open the regular season March 31 against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Fans interested in placing a $100 deposit for spring training season tickets can do so by visiting raysbaseball.com/springtraining or by calling 888-FAN-RAYS.
RAYS 2014 Spring Training Schedule
(All games start at 1:05 unless otherwise noted)
Feb. 28: BAL
March 1: @ PIT
March 2: MIN
March 3: PHI
March 4: @ BOS
March 5: NYY
March 6: @ BAL
March 7: @ TOR
March 8: PIT
March 9: @ NYY
March 10: @ BOS 7:05
March 11: MIN
March 12: @ TOR
March 13: PIT
March 14: @ ATL
March 15: TOR
March 16: BOS
March 18: @ MIN 7:05
March 19: @ BAL
March 20: MIN 7:05
March 21: TOR
March 22: BAL
March 23: @ BOS
March 24: @ MIN
March 25: BOS
March 26: BAL 7:05
March 27: @ BAL 7:05
March 28: @ DET
March 29: @ Double A Montgomery
Maddon’s Thanksmas returns for 8th year
Posted Nov 26, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM
From the Rays PR department:
Rays manager Joe Maddon will host Thanksmas for the eighth consecutive year, December 16-18, at Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton, the Sallie House in St. Petersburg and the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater.
As he does for every Thanksmas, Maddon will prepare a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens in the Tampa Bay region. Maddon himself will purchase the food and, with the help of Rays coaches and staff, cook and serve the meals. Over the past seven years, Maddon’s Thankmas has served approximately 6,000 individuals in need and provided many of those individuals with clothing and shoes.
In 2012, as a result of numerous donations from generous Rays fans and Maddon’s fundraising efforts, Thanksmas was also able to present $7,500 each to Salvation Army centers in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater and the Sallie House.
On December 16, Thanksmas will return to the Sallie House for the fifth consecutive year. Sallie House is a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
The Rays will also visit the Homeless Emergency Project (HEP) for the first time. Since 1986, HEP has provided homeless and very low-income individuals and families housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
For the fourth consecutive year, Maddon will host a fundraiser for Thanksmas at 717 South in Tampa (717 S Howard Ave.) from 5 p.m. until closing. The restaurant will prepare Maddon’s Thanksmas meal and Rays players and coaches will be guest servers.
Maddux, Glavine, Thomas highlight newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot
Posted Nov 26, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
The 2014 Hall of Fame ballot was released Tuesday. Here is the release:
Pitchers who won a combined seven Cy Young Awards and position players who totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards are among 19 new candidates on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.
Results of the voting will be announced at 2 p.m., EST, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, on MLB Network and the web sites of the Hall of Fame _ http://www.baseballhall.org _ and the BBWAA – http://www.BBWAA.com.
Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996.
Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the 2013 ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage.
Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2). Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.
Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards in a 23-season career in which he compiled a 355-227 record with a 3.16 earned run average and 3,371 strikeouts in 5,008 1/3 innings combined for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The right-hander led the NL in ERA four times and won at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons, another record.
Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner (1991 and ’98) and 10-time All-Star, was 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA over 22 seasons combined with the Braves and New York Mets. The lefthander was a five-time 20-game winner and won four Silver Slugger Awards. Gagne had 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA in 77 appearances with the Dodgers in his Cy Young Award season.
Thomas, who won consecutive American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ’94 and placed in the top three in the voting five times overall, finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs. He drove in 1,704 runs, scored 1,494 and had more walks (1,667) than strikeouts (1,397).
Jeff Kent, the NL MVP in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, also played for the Mets, Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros in a 17-season career during which he slammed 377 home runs, 351 of which were as a second baseman, a major league record. The five-time All-Star had at least 20 homers and 100 RBI in eight seasons, the most by any second baseman in major-league history.
Hideo Nomo, the 1995 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winner and the owner of two no-hitters; and two World Series heroes, outfielders Moises Alou (1997 Florida Marlins) and Luis Gonzalez (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), are also on the ballot for the first time.
Joining them are righthander Mike Mussina, who had a .638 winning percentage (270-153) over 18 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees; lefthander Kenny Rogers, whose perfect game for the Texas Rangers in 1994 was the highlight of a 20-year career; reliever Armando Benitez, the 2001 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and first baseman J.T. Snow, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner. Other newcomers are relievers Todd Jones and Mike Timlin, first basemen Sean Casey and Richie Sexson, second baseman Ray Durham, catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jacque Jones.
Among others returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro; outfielders Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker; pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith; shortstop Alan Trammell and third baseman-DH Edgar Martinez.
The ballot: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.
Rays full playoff shares are $35,280.10
Posted Nov 21, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 07:59 PM
A full Postseason share for the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox was worth $307,322.68, while a full share for the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals registered at $228,300.17, Major League Baseball announced today.
Last year’s share amounts included a record high of $370,872.53 for the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and $284,274.50 for the 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers.
The players’ pool was formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series. The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser. The 2013 players’ pool was $62,683,966.80.
The breakdown by Club follows:
World Series Champions
Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $22,566,228.05; value of each of full share: $307,322.68) – The Red Sox awarded 58 full shares, a total of 14.895 partial shares and 21 cash awards.
National League Champions
St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $15,044,152.03; value of each of full share: $228,300.17) – The Cardinals awarded 56 full shares, a total of 9.798 partial shares and two cash awards.
League Championship Series Runners-Up
Detroit Tigers (Share of Players’ Pool: $7,522,076.02; value of each of full share: $129,278.22) – The Tigers awarded 48 full shares, a total of 10.015 partial shares and five cash awards.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $7,522,076.02; value of each of full share: $108,037.06) – The Dodgers awarded 58 full shares, a total of 11.5 partial shares and eight cash awards.
Division Series Runners-Up
Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,037,228.92; value of each of full share: $34,012.30) – The Braves awarded 52 full shares, a total of 7.25 partial shares and nine cash awards.
Oakland Athletics (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,037,228.92; value of each of full share: $37,316.25) – The A’s awarded 48 full shares, a total of 6.143 partial shares and 20 cash awards.
Pittsburgh Pirates (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,037,228.92; value of each of full share: $35,558.58) – The Pirates awarded 49 full shares, a total of 8.25 partial shares and three cash awards.
Tampa Bay Rays (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,037,228.92; value of each of full share: $35,280.10) – The Rays awarded 46 full shares, a total of 11.11 partial shares and seven cash awards.
Wild Card Game
Cincinnati Reds (Share of Players’ Pool: $940,259.50; value of each of full share: $15,284.85) – The Reds awarded 48 full shares, a total of 12.24 partial shares and 12 cash awards.
Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $940,259.50; value of each of full share: $15,107.00) – The Indians awarded 47 full shares and a total of 15.24 partial shares.