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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 minor-league prospect Wander Franco participates in an optional workout ahead of Game 1 of the Wild Card Series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 28, 2020, at Tropicana Field.
  2. Ji-Man Choi is one of two Rays, including Ryan Yarbrough, heading to arbitration hearings.
  3. As of now, Major League Baseball plans for camps to open in mid-February, the season to start on April 1 and a full 162-game schedule to be played.
  4. The Rays are headed to an arbitration hearing with first baseman Ji-Man Choi.
  5. Fans cheer and wave towels during Game 4 of the 2019 American League Division Series (ALDS) between the Rays and Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. The Rays are planning to open the 2021 season with a limited number of fans at home games.
  6. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow was to make $2.05 million last year before salaries were prorated for the reduced schedule.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays home clubhouse manager Ryan Denlinger talks with reporters about the moving process as staff work to pack a moving truck with Rays gear for the 80-mile trek to Port Charlotte for Rays spring training at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  8. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder presents Blake Snell with his 2018 AL Cy Young Award plaque at the start of the 2019 season.
  9. Rays general manager Erik Neander: “Our goal is to win a World Series. Want to make that that very, very clear."
  10. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado has been traded to the Phillies.
  11. Blake Snell was one of the Rays' highest-paid players, along with outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. Now that Snell appears on his way to San Diego, could Kiermaier still be in play for a trade as well?
  12. Rays starter Blake Snell delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series.
  13. Babe Ruth, center, holding the winning greyhound, Racing Ramp, at St. Petersburg's Derby Lane in 1925, the year it opened.
  14. Rays outfielder Brett Phillips made a special delivery to David, a fan who participates in PARC's Live Skills Development program.
  15. Dick Crippen, right, was an institution for decades in the Tampa Bay broadcast market, talking sports on radio and TV.
  16. The Rays' Mike Zunino, right, is congratulated by Kevin Kiermaier after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the American League Championship Series Game 7 against the Houston Astros on Oct. 17 in San Diego.
  17. Brent Honeywell still hopes to make his major-league debut in 2021 despite a fourth surgery on his elbow.
  18. Free-agent pitcher Michael Wacha said on a Friday Zoom call that signing with the Tampa Bay Rays was "a perfect fit."
  19. Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough is conducting a 12-day holiday giveaway for fans through his Yarbro48 Instagram account.
  20. Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has had four surgeries on his elbow since he last pitched in a game in September 2017, at the Triple-A level.
  21. Mike Zunino said on a Thursday Zoom call that communication and past relationships were a big reason for re-signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  22. In Mike Zunino, right, the Rays get a defense-oriented catcher who is familiar with their dynamic pitching staff and handled it well the previous two seasons, especially with his game-calling.
  23. Manager Kevin Cash said on a Wednesday Zoom media call he is fully confident the Rays will address their offseason needs.