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Marc Topkin - Rays Reporter

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.

  1. Rays pitcher Blake Snell has switched agents, hiring Scott Boras. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  2. The Rays are auctioning off a special game-day experience that includes throwing out the first pitch at a game, watching an inning with general manager Erik Neander and more. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. Former Cubs and Rays manager Joe Maddon will discuss the Cubs’ Game 7 win over the Indians to clinch the 2016 World Series tonight on ESPN.
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  5. Rays manager Kevin Cash talks with head athletic trainer Joe Benge during a voluntary workout at Tropicana Field on Monday. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Tampa Bay Rays]
  6. The Rays' Brendan McKay delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Oct. 7, 2019, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell, who is battling back from injury, prepares to warm up on the field during a player workout at Tropicana Field in January. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  8. Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder (23), shown talking with catcher Mike Zunino (10) and pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (48) during a Sept. 22 game, said it will be good to be back with the pitchers and at the Trop. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder, left, watches the progress of pitcher Brent Honeywell on Jan. 24 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Tampa Bay Rays players like Joey Wendle (18) will soon be back at Tropicana Field for workouts after a two-month layoff. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Dealer Ivan Garrido Jr. and patron Oscar Prado both wear masks inside the poker room at Derby Lane on Wednesday. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  12. With no baseball games to call these days, what are Andy Freed, left, Neil Solondz, center, and Dave Wills up to? [Times (2017)]
  13. Greyhound racing will end in Florida after this year, so Derby Lane hopes to make the most of its 95th and final season that has been interrupted by the coronavirus. [Times (2018)]
  14. Tampa Bay Rays Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo and Willie Adames, in center, embrace as they talk while heading off the field after drills during the Rays first full-squad workout at the Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in Port Charlotte. Pictured from left is Joey Wendle, Hunter Renfroe, Tsutsugo, Adames, and Manuel Margot.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash says the team is "fully prepared whenever that kind of ‘thumbs up’ comes" from the league to return to conditioning and play ball. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  16. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell throws in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark in Dunedin on March 9. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  17. Evan Longoria, left, in 2011. Akinori Iwamura and Jason Bartlett, right, after retiring Boston's Jason Bay at second base in 2008. [JAMES BORCHUCK, DIRK SHADD | Times]
  18. Tampa's Preston Tucker ended up on "Saturday Night Live" during a Weekend Update segment on baseball in Korea. [Courtesy nbc.com]
  19. Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo connects for a solo home run in the fourth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on Feb. 24, 2020, in Port Charlotte. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  20. Rays catcher Mike Zunino has been able to spend more time with his family including son 1-year-old son Rhett, wife Alyssa and newborn daughter Paisley [Courtesy Zunino family]
  21. The greyhounds were off and racing Friday at Derby Lane, for the first time since March 19. The races were shown on the Internet, but no fans can attend yet. [Tampa Bay Times]
  22. The Lightning's Alex Killorn, front, is joined by teammates Andrei Vasilevskiy, back left, and Mikhail Sergachev, back right, on his "Dock Talk with Killer" Instagram show. [Instagram]
  23. Dmitry Semykin has been playing for SKA-1946 in his native Russia since being drafted by the Lightning in 2018. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  24. Angels and former Rays manager Joe Maddon serves dinner to (from left) Jeremiah Richardson, 8, Loyal Richardson, 10, Rickey Richardson, 6, and Noah Richardson, 3, during his annual Joe Maddon's Thanksmas at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa in October. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]