I enjoyed my May visit to Birmingham’s Regions Field so much that upon a July return to Alabama, I headed 90 miles south to check out Southern League rival Montgomery’s yard. Capitalizing on unseasonably pleasant weather with temps in the low 80s didn’t bother this northerner either.
The biggest name on this year’s baseball trade market is Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price. No one knows where the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner will wind up but on Thursday we got a clue as to who was interested.
A baseball icon died Wednesday night, as Don Zimmer, passed away at Day Care Alliance Hospital in Dunedin, Florida, where he’d been for roughly six weeks after undergoing heart valve surgery. A true lifer, who enjoyed every moment from age 18 through a remarkable 66 seasons in the professional game, Zimmer was most recently senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Well, that was an interesting night. The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are developing quite a rivalry, and on Friday night things boiled over once again. The result? Several errant pitches, cleared benches and four members of the Red Sox ejected.
On Sunday Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed that outfielder Nelson Cruz will be activated for Monday’s tie-breaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cruz completed his 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Sunday’s season finale.