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.

Biggest key to Rays 2019 success? Getting some relief, according to owner Stuart Sternberg

Principal owner Stuart Sternberg says the Rays have a chance to shine this year. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Sternberg said they like who they have, but can make in-season additions. Also, the cash-less Trop was his idea.

Rays journal: The change Tyler Glasnow made to speed up his success

Tyler Glasnow has a slightly different look to his delivery this year. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Former Pirates pitcher has added a pause to his delivery; plus notes from camp

Stuart Sternberg: I should have been more aggressive in Rays stadium talks with Tampa

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg speaks with Tommy Pham (29) during the Tampa Bay Rays full-squad spring training workout at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
The Rays principal owner discussed his regret over negotiations with Hillsborough County and what needs to happen now that the team has shifted its focus to St. Petersburg.

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg on team expectations, stadium search

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is optimistic about the team's chances. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
At least 90 wins are in sight on the field, and summer stadium talks with St. Pete are planned.

Chris Archer says trade showed him what real home-field advantage was

Chris Archer was pretty fired up pitching in the Rays' 2017 opener. [Times files]
The Pirates pitcher and former Ray said he is looking forward to pitching in Pittsburgh’s home opener this year.