Friday, November 16, 2018


Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Joe Maddon at the 2017 Thanksmas event in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Cubs/ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon again helping Tampa Bay area homeless with Thanksmas events

Maddon and his Respect 90 Foundation will provide PDQ meals, backpacks and socks at several area centers.
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays pitcher Blake Snell, left, talks with pitching coach Kyle Snyder in the dugout during a game against the Indians in September. [CHRIS URSO l Times]

Rays Cy Young winner Blake Snell shares a secret to his success

Blake Snell had special thanks for Kyle Snyder, who has been his pitching coach and confidant at several levels.
Published: 11/15/18
The scene at Blake Snell's house upon announcement of the award. (MLB Network]

What theyíre saying about Rays Blake Snell winning the AL Cy Young award

Here was the scene at Blake Snell's house in Seattle when they got news of his victory:The moment @snellzilla4 and...
Published: 11/15/18
Rays starter Blake Snell pitches in the first inning against the White Sox on Aug. 4, 2018. (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)

10 things about Rays Blake Snellís Cy Young winning season

LHP Blake Snell accomplished a lot in his remarkable 2018 breakout season. And wining the American League Cy Young award on Wednesday added to that list:* He became the second Ray win the most prestigious pitching award,...
Published: 11/15/18
That Kate Upton tweet you’ve been waiting for on Blake Snell winning AL Cy Young award

That Kate Upton tweet youíve been waiting for on Blake Snell winning AL Cy Young award

Model/actress Kate Upton had plenty to say in 2016 when then fiance Justin Verlander missed out on winning the AL Cy Young award due in part to the votes of the two Tampa Bay writers, posting an extraordinarily profane, and extremely memorable,...
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Blake Snell (4) laughs in the dugout during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in September at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Raysí Blake Snell wins AL Cy Young award

ST. PETERSBURG – Blake Snell first started thinking about it at the end of last season, then more as spring training drew near. He shared first with teammate Chris Archer on the phone, then later with Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder over...
Published: 11/14/18
Jared Sandberg, pictured at the All-Star Futures Game, returns as manager of the Durham Bulls. [Times files]

Rays coaching update: Linares may be in, Sandberg in talks

The Rays are closing in on hiring a third-base coach, with longtime Astros minor-league coach/manager Rodney Linares the leading candidate.Discussions remaining ongoing to fill the other opening on the staff for a major-league field...
Published: 11/14/18
Rays starter Blake Snell takes a break between pitches during the first inning against the Royals at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]

What it means if Blake Snell wins Cy Young award

If Rays LHP Blake Snell wins the Cy Young* He will be the second Ray to do so, matching David Price in 2012, and also join Price as second from an AL East team in the last 15 years.* He will be...
Published: 11/14/18
The interesting past of Justin Verlander, Cy Young and Tampa Bay

The interesting past of Justin Verlander, Cy Young and Tampa Bay

Rays LHP Blake Snell and Astros RHP Justin Verlander are the top candidates for the AL Cy Young award that will be announced Wednesday night.The last intersection between Verlander and Tampa Bay, in 2016, got a little, well,...
Published: 11/14/18
Rays ace Blake Snell picks up his 16th victory of the season against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. [BRONTE WITTPENN  |  Times]

What experts are saying about Blake Snellís Cy Young chances

What experts are saying about Blake Snell's Cy Young chances:Jayson Stark, The Athletic, who picked Snell before his last start:This isn't your grandfather's Cy Young debate. Let's explain why.Cy Young...
Published: 11/14/18