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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. Joe Maddon had successful runs with the Rays and Cubs, and now heads back to the Angels.
    Maddon gets a reported three-year deal to return to his original organization, and one that could use his help.
  2. The Rays posted this  message of appreciation on their Twitter account.
    An ad in the Tampa Bay Times from the team and Twitter messages from players cap the season that included playoffs for the first time since 2013.
  3. Tampa Bay Rays leftfielder 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.
    Contract terms for every player currently on Tampa Bay’s roster.
  4. Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier (39), right, and shortstop Willy Adames (1) celebrate the Rays 10-3 win over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field.
    Rays Tales: Underdogs really do almost “shock the world,” and Kevin Cash deserves serious American League manager of the year consideration.
  5. Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow walk back to the dugout after the Astros score four runs in the first inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
    Manager Kevin Cash says that wasn’t the main problem for the four-run first inning in Game 5 of the ALDS. It was the Astros’ hitters.
  6. The Tampa Bay Rays grounds crew works to remove the ALDS playoff logo along the first base line on the field at Tropicana Field on Friday.
    That’s what the team stresses as it faces an offseason with roster flexibility.
  7. Houston Astros players celebrate their 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston.
    Preparing for Rays steady steam of relievers was a significant challenge for Houston’s hitters.
  8. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (20) reacts after giving up a hit to Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) in the first inning in Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston.
    Rays Journal: Did the Astros know what was coming during their four-run, first-inning explosion?
  9. Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) strikes out looking to end the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston.
    Astros 6, Rays 1: Tampa Bay couldn’t overcome Houston’s four-run first inning and another dominating start.
  10. Tampa Bay Rays Eric Sogard (9), connects for a single scoring Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Joey Wendle (18) during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 in Houston.
    Sogard gets first start since mid-September as Rays plot to counter Astros Cole.