Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

Rays Reporter

If there's something in Tampa Bay Rays history you're interested in, there's a good chance I was there for it. First pitch, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, the 2008 ALCS clincher and World Series experience, Evan Longoria's Game 162 walkoff, the 2018 advent of the opener, and plenty more. That's the benefit of having covered the franchise from day one (actually even before) and for all 21 seasons, as well as other baseball matters locally and nationally since joining the Times in 1983 from Drake University. Obviously, I've enjoyed the ride and am happy to share the details with you on all platforms. I’ve also had the privilege of covering Super Bowls, Olympics and college bowl games, but, pssst, baseball has always been my first love.

No greenlight likely for Rays blue-light plan at Tropicana Field

The Rays were hoping to play games this year with the inside of the Trop roof lighted blue. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Sunday night testing of lighting roof didnít show well, change not as likely to happen.

Rays Monday: 1:05, vs. Phillies in Clearwater

Emilio Pagan is one of the candidates for the final spot in the Rays bullpen. {TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Three candidates for the final bullpen spot will all be in action for Rays.

Guillermo Heredia, Jalen Beeks earn spots on Rays opening day roster

TAILYR IRVINE   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays left fielder Guillermo Heredia (54) walks across the field after a play during the Tampa Bay Rays spring training game against the New York Yankees on March 19, 2019 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
Decision on final pitching spot, or spots, close; Duffy likely will be out extended period.

Rays planning for blue-tinted roof at Trop

This is the blue-tinted lighting the Rays are planning for the Trop, subject to MLB approval. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Adding color to the roof would increase playability and provide a more natural look.

Rays Sunday: 4:05, vs. Braves, at North Port

CoolToday Park, the $125-million new spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, is oriented toward the northeast, which means that 70 percent of the seats will be shaded for a 1 p.m. game.  [EDUARDO A. ENCINA | Times]
Tyler Glasnow will be pitching as Rays are on the scene for grand opening of the new home of the Braves.