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.

Five things we think we know about why Rays have best record in majors

The play of Austin Meadows, shown here with Ji-Man Choi, is among the reasons for the Rays success. [CANADIAN PRESS]
Pitching is a big part, but so is hitting the ball hard, having fun, and putting Austin Meadows in the lineup.

Rays outfielder Austin Meadows named AL Player of the Week

The Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows watches his home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, April 12, 2019, in Toronto. [FRED THORNILL | Canadian Press]
Meadows is first Rays player to be so honored since Steven Souza Jr. in April 2017.

Rays journal: Charlie Morton looks for more sizzle, less fizzle on fastball

Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) delivers a pitch to home plate during first inning baseball action against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Adam Kolarek, meanwhile, continues to deliver in relief, and Rays continue road dominance.

Best record in majors? Itís the Rays, who head home 12-4 after beating Jays

Charlie Morton gave the Rays a solid but abbreviated start today. [FRANK GUNN | Canadian Press]
Itís a team effort to topple Toronto 8-4 and finish the 11-day, nine-game, three-city trip 7-2.

Marc Topkinís takeways from Raysí 8-4 Sunday win over Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays' Avisail Garcia, right, slides safely into third base after tagging up on a fly ball out as he beats the tag from Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brandon Drury during eighth inning baseball action in Toronto on Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
On the needed end to the Font experiment, how small ball was a big help, and how Stroman was sure slow, man.