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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. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (20), right, and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) walk back to the dugout after the first inning in Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston.
    The cheating scandal and sign-stealing investigation will be a popular topic during this week’s winter meetings.
  2. Steven Souza Jr. hit 30 home runs for the Rays in the 2017 season while improving his defense and baserunning, but hit only .239.
    Talented and entertaining outfielder is a free agent after being non-tendered by D-backs, and Rays do need some help.
  3. Could a reunion with outfielder Steven Souza Jr., shown during a 2016 game, be possible for the Rays?
    What they’ve done so far, what they’re looking to do, Hall of Fame possibilities, and rumblings.
  4. GM Erik Neander spoke Thursday about the challenges of making the Rays better.
    Trading Tommy Pham created some financial flexibility heading to winter meetings but the challenge remains.
  5. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Tommy Pham (29) celebrates inherent dug out after hitting a two run homer in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.
    Pham said he enjoyed the team Rays had, expected to be pushing with them for a 2020 World Series championship.
  6. San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
    Trade with Padres also yields Rays touted prospect Xavier Edwards, costs them Jake Cronenworth.
  7. The post of Blake Snell's reaction to the trade was popular on Twitter Friday.
    Snell said his comments about Xavier Edwards captured on the Twitch gaming stream weren’t meant to be disrespectful.
  8. San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 10.
    Powerful outfielder, prospect are return in deal that sent Tommy Pham and prospect Jake Cronenworth to San Diego.
  9. Rays team presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman in their office at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
    Team presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman on the Montreal plan, stadium sites, downtown St. Pete development and more.
  10. Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Tommy Pham (29) takes a moment in the dugout after the Rays 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 in Houston.
    When deal is announced Friday, Rays will add a power bat and young talent, and shed Pham’s projected $8.6 million salary.