Stu Sternberg Makes A Comment, and the Media Goes Bananas

A verifiable statement isn’t an unsubstantiated rumor; not in the least. In the case of Stu Sternberg, his tells are quite obvious. Sternberg isn’t happy in Tropicana Field (for a few reasons), and he wants his team to have a new facility. I can’t blame him. Furthermore, he would like the opportunity to vet a few different locations, throughout the region, for a new facility — not just, as many would have you believe, Tampa. I can’t blame him for that either.

Consternation Station: On Articles About the Rays and St. Petersburg

A number of St. Petersburg, and Rays, centric articles have been published in the last 10 days. Some of those articles painted St. Petersburg in an incredibly flattering light. Others have tread that familiar ground, where the tired, clichéd, “Tampa is only legitimate home for the Rays,” opinion has been espoused. Let’s review a few of those articles, and I’ll briefly discuss them.

This Week in Rays Baseball: Rays Announce Renovations to the Trop, Sign Reliever Mark Lowe, and More

It’s time for another edition of This Week in Rays Baseball — the first in some time. I digress. First on the docket, details on the Rays previously announced renovation of Tropicana Field have surfaced. They’re planning what is being called a 360-degree “interior stadium fan access” with the creation of walkways behind the outfield seating …

Rays Making Major Improvements to Tropicana Field (Re-posted From DRaysBay)

The Rays announced they’ll be making significant improvements to Tropicana Field, presumably ahead of the 2014 season. On the list of improvements, are extended walkways around the outfield, and replacing the center-field restaurant with an open-air patio. Now if they’d only lop off the top and replace it with a retractable roof, and lay down some sod. On the subject of those renovations, Daniel Russell of DRaysBay notes:

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Hellickson Sharp in His Return to the Mound

Suffice to say, at this point in the season Jeremy Hellickson needed to string together a good start. With all of the external factors effecting the probability of the Rays finding a postseason berth, compounded with the fact that Boston absolutely blew out the Tigers in an earlier game, the pressure was on Hellickson and the Rays to win. After a six start stretch where Hellickson relinquished (on average) 4.1 earned runs, while averaging only 4.1 innings per outing*, it would be safe to say that no one knew what we’d see out of Jeremy upon his return to the mound. But Hellickson came out of the fog Wednesday night, putting together a solid 5.1 inning shutout outing.