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.

Quinton McCracken rejoins Rays as Triple-A coach

Quinton McCracken, shown during the 1999 season, was MVP of the inaugural Devil Rays team. (Times file)
Brady Williams takes over as manager in Durham among many changes on Rays staff.

Rays finalize signing of Avisail Garcia

Former Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia takes a lead at first base against the Minnesota Twins in a game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Minneapolis. [AP Photo | Jim Mone]
Former White Sox, Tigers outfielder gets $3.5 million salary, plus incentives.

Ex-Ray Evan Longoria says free agents need to stand strong and fight

The San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria follows the flight of an RBI-double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis during a game in May in Denver. [AP Photo/David Zalubowski]
Longoria said it’s a shame big stars aren’t signed and questions analytics that “devalue” players.

Ex-Ray Chris Archer: PED users don’t belong in Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Rays pitcher Chris Archer laughs during a game in July against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
No matter the circumstances, Archer tweets, those players ‘disgraced the integrity of the game.'

11 Rays spring games to be shown on Fox Sports Sun

Blake Snell and the Rays will be on TV 11 times this spring. (Times file)
The extended schedule will start Feb. 24, and with the debut of reporter Tricia Whitaker.