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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 Zack Littell speaks with members of the media at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte on Wednesday.
  2. Shortstop Amed Rosario throws to first base while playing for the Dodgers last season.
  3. Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander, left, manager Kevin Cash, center, and pitcher Tyler Alexander, right, share a moment Wednesday at the team's spring training complex in Port Charlotte.
  4. Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander speaks during a panel discussion on the state of baseball during the team's annual Fan Fest celebration Saturday at Tropicana Field.
  5. Rays pitcher Taj Bradley signs autographs at the spring training complex in Port Charlotte on Wednesday.
  6. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks with members of the media during the annual MLB Media Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Thursday.
  7. Rays manager Kevin Cash shakes hands with pitcher Naoyuki Uwasawa as spring training commences Wednesday  in Port Charlotte.
  8. Rays catcher Rene Pinto looks out at the field after a taking a turn hitting ground balls Wednesday at the Rays' spring training complex in Port Charlotte.
  9. Fred McGriff will be inducted into the Rays' Hall of Fame this season.
  10. New Rays reliever Phil Maton works out in Port Charlotte on Wednesday.
  11. Jose Caballero, who comes to the Rays from the Mariners, follows through during an at-bat against the Rangers last season in Seattle.
  12. Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, and baseball operations president Erik Neander kick off spring training with Tuesday's news conference at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
  13. Fans sit in Randy Land, a section that is dedicated to Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena located in section 141 in left field, ahead of a game against the the New York Yankees in May at Tropicana Field.
  14. The Rays are glad to be back at Charlotte Sports Park for spring training after damage from Hurricane Ian forced them to make other accommodations last year.
  15. Rays players are happy that the team extended baseball operations president Erik Neander, left, and manager Kevin Cash.
  16. The Rays are set to return for spring training to Charlotte Sports Park, which required extensive repairs after being damaged by Hurricane Ian in September 2022.
  17. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder, left, and manager Kevin Cash, right, chat during a 2022 spring training game against the Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays are back in Port Charlotte after splitting workouts last spring among four locations.
  18. The Rays want president of baseball operations Erik Neander, left, and manager Kevin Cash to stick with the organization for years to come.
  19. A DJ plays bachata music before the Rays' game against the Yankees on Dominican Heritage day in May at Tropicana Field.
  20. Relief pitcher Phil Maton is known for high spin rates on his curveball and fastball, which averages 89 mph.
  21. Richie Palacios doesn't know much about the Tampa Bay area, but found it to his liking when he visited friends here.
  22. In this 2013 file photo, former Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with kids before passing out gifts during his annual Thanksmas dinner and gift giveaway at the Salvation Army's Sallie House shelter in St. Petersburg.
  23. Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo (3) and leftfielder Austin Hays (21) celebrate beating the Rays 5-3 at Tropicana Field last July.