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.

Raysí boss Stuart Sternberg has a place, plans to spend more time in Tampa Bay area

Tampa Bay Rays Owner Stu Sternberg is seen on the field before the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 14, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Sternbergís recent purchase of a home in St. Petersburg comes at a time of increased focus on the stadium situation.

Rays Tales: Could this be their best team ever?

SP_296218_BORC_rays_17 (10/19/2008 St. Petersburg, FL) Evan Longoria and teammates celebrate in locker room after win, October 2008. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Itís early, obviously, but the comparisons to the 2008 and 2010 AL East champ teams are starting. Plus, lots of rumblings.

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 4-3 Tuesday loss to Aís

Willy Adames (1) celebrates in the dugout after he steals home during a double steal with the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier (39) taking second base as the Rays go up 2-0 during fourth-inning action on Tuesday. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
On a crafty theft of home, Zuninoís hustle down the other line, and a smaller crowd on a $5 ticket night.

Rays donít do a lot right in coming up on wrong side of 4-3 loss to Aís

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) slides into second base on a double steal with Oakland Athletics shortstop Jurickson Profar (23) going airborne on the play as Rays Willy Adames (1) also steals home from third base during fourth inning action at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
The defense wasnít crisp, there were some mistakes on the mound and the bats went quiet.

Yes, thatís Raysí Yonny Chirinos among AL pitching leaders

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays left fielder Tommy Pham (29) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers (50) for the first run of the game during first inning action at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Chirinos goes into Wednesday action among ALís best at 7-2, 2.87. Also, Wendle update, Choi success, more draft news.