Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

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.

Rays Tales: Are we really talking this much about the opener?

Using Ryne Stanek as an opener has given people lots to talk about. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Criticism over the Rays’ innovative pitching strategy from the Giants and now the Astros is head-scratching.

Live from Port Charlotte: First steps for Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi

Brandon Lowe getting some intense instruction on playing 1B from new Rays infield coach Rodney Linares, left, who is running a drill with blue rubber balls. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Reliever Gibaut has lat issue; Glasnow, Faria among the pitchers who impressed.

Did you hear this one about new Rays pitcher Charlie Morton ...

Charlie Morton joins the Rays with a reputation as a good pitcher and an even better guy. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Morton comes with a reputation of being a great guy with Astros. Phillies. Pirates

Rays Kevin Kiermaier: ‘I’m still a really damn good player and I’m going to go prove that'

Kevin Kiermaier said he comes into 2019
Centerfielder is confident he can put injury-shortened and poor 2018 season behind him.

Astros’ Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander rip Rays’ use of the opener strategy

Astros pitchers Justin Verlander (left) and Gerrit Cole took aim Friday at the Rays' use of the opener. [JEFF ROBERSON | AP]
‘I certainly wouldn’t pay for a ticket to watch a math equation,’ Cole said.