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Rays part of American League’s parade of “parity”

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The late Pete Rozelle was known to strive for “parity” during his days as NFL Commissioner. Perhaps the first 26 games of the Buccaneers’ franchise, when they went 0-26, influenced his mindset. Rozelle and the NFL tweaked schedules to help more teams reach 8-8 and make it harder for teams to regularly go 14-2. While the elite teams mostly remained elite for a reason, the end result saw most teams in the playoff hunt as the seasons reached their final…

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Where did Buster Posey go wrong in Monday’s Giants vs. Nationals brawl?

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On Monday, San Francisco Giants’ catcher, and former National League MVP Buster Posey, became a big story after his involvement in a huge brawl in San Francisco, Actually, he was not involved. To put it mildly, that is the very reason he became a big story on Tuesday. It all began when Posey’s teammate, Hunter Strickland, hit another former National League MVP, Bryce Harper, with a 98-mph fastball late in Monday’s game between the Giants and Harper’s Washington Nationals. Harper charged the…

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Cuban players: We paid thousands for journey to U.S. baseball

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Two Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate. The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the U.S. to sign lucrative…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.16 – Is there still no crying in baseball?

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It’s painful today for me, folks. I stayed up past midnight this morning to see the Chicago Cubs come from behind with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, and advance to the National League Championship Series this weekend, where they’ll play either Washington D.C. or Los Angeles. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, baseball was my favorite sport, just like it was America’s. But over the course of…

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MLB will protect Athletics, not the Rays

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Without saying it directly, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred sent a message to the Tampa Bay Rays and as well as local and state politicians on Tuesday. That message is “get moving on your stadium or prepare to lose your team.” During Manfred’s press availability prior to Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, he was asked about possible future expansion in Major League Baseball. The Commissioner stated that adding new teams was not on the horizon. He explained expansion will not be discussed…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.17.16 — “Weiner” comes to Tampa

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Here’s something you don’t hear very often — if you’re intending on attending tonight’s Tampa Bay Rays — San Francisco Giants game at Tropicana Field, you better already have a ticket. The team announced earlier this week that they would make all open seats for the game available for their annual Pride Night for just $5, with all the proceeds going to the Pulse Victims Fund. And the team announced yesterday that the game is sold-out, with “around 40,000” fans…

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Who gets a World Series ring? Sometimes, you’d be surprised

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Dan Uggla was long gone by the time the Giants won the World Series last fall. He’d played four games for San Francisco in late July, going 0 for 11 with six strikeouts, and made two errors at second base. That earned him a World Series ring. “With him struggling like he did, it opened up the door for Joe Panik, and we probably wouldn’t have won the World Series without Joe Panik,” recently retired Giants pitcher Tim Hudson said.…

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