The Tampa Bay Rays have been far more successful lately than most thought possible, considering their extended history. However, they’ve done it for a lot of reasons contrary to those you hear talked about. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler debunks the myths and presents the facts that truly make up the, *ahem*, American League powerhouse.
The “student has become the master” adage holds truer for no left-handed pitcher more than Gio Gonzalez. After being a prospect traded to Oakland for a big name player, he grew to become an All-Star and was then shipped off as the big name to Washington last winter. Now, he’s in a position to emerge as one of baseball’s better pitchers and is in a perfect market to do it.
Albert Pujols is getting slammed by the national media for a horrendous start to both the 2012 season as well as his massive contract. With just one home run to speak of almost a quarter of the way into the season, we’re all wondering what’s wrong? Is this a poor adjustment to Anaheim? Is age catching up with him at a breakneck speed?
Chase Headley calls himself a “Saved by the Bell” trivia whiz. Fitting, since his Step by Step progression and marked Home Improvement has allowed him to finally shed his Growing Pains and Blossom as a rising star in San Diego. Who’s The Boss now?
The life of the outfielder is a lonely one. Without any teammates around to chat with between plays, the outfielder is left with no recourse other than to make friendly with the fans. Jeff Francoeur understands this, and his lesson is one that outfielders throughout the league would be wise to learn.