New look Rays expect a familiar result on the field

by Gary Shelton on December 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Friday, 6:16 p.m.

The general manager is new.

The manager is new.

The base coaches are new.

The catcher is new, and one of the outfielders is new, and the closer is new. If all goes according to plan, the blueprint for a stadium will be new.

With the Tampa Bay Rays, only the expectations are unchanged.

There is so much shiny about these Rays, perhaps you wondered. Matt Silverman, the new vice-president in charge of operations (or general manager, for those who are title-challenged), has taken very little time in putting his stamp on his organization. In fact, he has seized it by the throat and shaken.

Give Silverman credit for clearing his throat. Yep, you know the guy's in the room, and he isn't there to stand still. At first, he talked about making a few tweaks. Friday, he reassessed. "We're challenging the definition of tweak,'' he said.

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