Would another losing season doom Cash?

March 27, 2017 general

Friday, 4 a.m. There are a lot of things wrong with the Tampa Bay Rays that are not his fault. With Kevin Cash, the conversation starts there. His team’s pitching was subpar. The hitting wasn’t very good. The defense was shaky. The baserunning was an adventure. The roster was bleeding. The bullpen was overused. The […]

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Replay reversal leads Rays to first victory of the year

April 6, 2016 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. Instead of all this talk about flipping bats, perhaps Jose Bautista should have been talking about flipping second basemen. And results. And, of course, his manager’s lid. In fact, Bautista flipped almost everything in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night when he slid illegally into Rays’ second baseman Logan Forsythe. […]

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Kiermaier expects to have a better season in 2016

March 7, 2016 general

Monday, 6 a.m. He just got here, okay. Talk to Kevin Kiermaier about his awards, the gold glove or the platinum one, and he’ll tell you that his leather model is the one that will take him places. Talk to him about 35-ounce steaks or celebrity pool sharks, and he’ll just shrug. Frankly, Kiermaier just […]

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As the Rays start, can they last to finish?

February 19, 2016 general

Friday, 6 a.m. The untrodden green lay behind them, a baseball field waiting to be played upon. The season lay in front, a promise of results to come. It always seems this way on the first day of Spring, bright and promising. A pitcher has yet to give up a three-run homer. A batter has […]

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How much of the Rays’ poor results are on Cash?

September 23, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. His team has fallen so hard, so fast, you might think that the AL East is an empty elevator shaft. The Tampa Bay Rays have stepped off of the ledge of a building, and every day, it seems they plummet past another floor. You feel confident that if the division had more […]

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Ask Gary: Covering Queen Serena and her sister

September 12, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 6 a.m. (Each week, the readers take over and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, and we all talk about the world of sports.  Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, make a comment or be […]

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The autopsy of a season that wasn’t enough

September 11, 2015 College Sports in Florida

 Thursday, 6 a.m. Are you still looking at the numbers? Do you still think there is life? The Tampa Bay Rays have 23 games to go, and a lot of bodies to clamber over before this talk of a wild-card berth sounds serious. They have not won more than five in a row all year. Are […]

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Rays go down arguing against Kansas City

August 28, 2015 general

Friday, 11:45 p.m. The Tampa Bay Rays had a case. They just had no place to argue it. In a call that may serve as a flaw in the current replay system, Rays’ manager Kevin Cash seemed to have a great point when he went out in the third inning to argue a call on […]

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Who’s he? Rays’ Ramirez ranks with AL leaders

August 11, 2015 general

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. He was not supposed to be this good. He was never supposed to be special. He was an afterthought of a trade, just another guy trying to eat up innings. He was not supposed to be dominant. He was not supposed to be a star. Erasmo Ramirez was a pleasant enough guy, […]

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At the break, would you take Cash or Maddon?

July 13, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. Joe Maddon was Picasso. Every night, he was trying to paint a masterpiece. Kevin Cash is Sherwin-Willliams. Every day, he’s trying to paint a house. That, people, is the best comparision I can give between the last two men who guided the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon was a wine-sipper. Cash celebrates victories […]

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