SportsNation Blog ArchivesSN Blog Archives Tampa Bay Rays

They might be on the outer fringes of the playoff race.

They might have just traded their top pitcher.

But a Joe Maddon team isn't not going to keep it fun. So, as they have been doing all season, the Tampa Bay Rays embarked on another dress-up road trip.

The theme: formal wear. Or, as the manager Maddon put it, "James Bond." Of course, give a bunch of 20- and 30-something guys freedom to maneuver, and they might interpret things in a very unusual way.

Like, say, going with "Dumb & Dumber"-themed outfits, as Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger -- awesomely nicknamed "Jake & The Box" -- did. (Don't they know it's too late to audition for "Dumb and Dumber To"?)



The duo wasn't alone in its silly choice. Director of travel and clubhouse operations Chris Westmoreland, bench coach Dave Martinez and third base coach Tom Foley chose to go with, uh, "camoformal."



Pitcher Alex Cobb got closer to normal, going with a tuxedo style shirt and, of course, a Solowheel. (Question: Were you aware of the Solowheel's existence?)



It wasn't all jokey, though. Some folks just had style:






Who needs David Price?


H/T For the Win

Comment »

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Tigers get David Price from Rays

Oh, you thought Jon Lester-for-Yoenis Cespedes was the only major trade of deadline day? Not so fast. The Detroit Tigers have landed David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a three-team deal that keeps Motown's team firmly in the chase for that elusive next World Series. The Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, get Austin Jackson, while the Rays have picked up Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin. What do you make of it?

More: Your take on the Jon Lester trade?

  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

    •  
      40%
    •  
      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 292,432)

  • Is David Price still an elite pitcher?

    •  
      91%
    •  
      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 23,540)

  • Who is the Tigers' best pitcher?

    •  
      2%
    •  
      28%
    •  
      3%
    •  
      40%
    •  
      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 54,560)

  • How will the Tigers fare this season?

    •  
      5%
    •  
      10%
    •  
      35%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 21,428)

  • Will the Mariners make the playoffs?

    •  
      32%
    •  
      68%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,069)

  • What do you make of the Rays' part in the David Price trade?

    •  
      19%
    •  
      81%

    Discuss (Total votes: 19,970)

  • Which team will win the American League?

    •  
      46%
    •  
      36%
    •  
      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 62,002)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

    •  
      6%
    •  
      36%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 127,009)

Comment »

Over the next week, Buster Olney is ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. Today he is analyzing the league's best rotations Insider. Do you agree with his list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

More: Top 10 lineups

Baseball's best rotations

A's

A's

Pictured: Sonny Gray

Braves

Braves

Pictured: Julio Teheran

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Adam Wainwright

Dodgers

Dodgers

Pictured: Clayton Kershaw

Nationals

Nationals

Pictured: Stephen Strasburg

Pirates

Pirates

Pictured: Francisco Liriano

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Yu Darvish

Rays

Rays

Pictured: Matt Moore

Reds

Reds

Pictured: Mat Latos

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Max Scherzer

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm in 2013 -- and wasn't even voted best rookie in his league. That honor went Monday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts, and received 26 of 30 first-place votes. The American League, strangely, saw its top votes more divided, with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (.293/.354/.478, 13 HR in 88 games) taking 23 of 30 first-place votes to beat out fellow finalists Jose Iglesias and Chris Archer. What do you make of the picks? What does the future hold for these honorees and finalists?


Best in NL?

Puig posted a .319/.391/.534 line, but his performance tailed off late in the season.

SportsNation

Who is your National League Rookie of the Year?

  •  
    46%
  •  
    44%
  •  
    10%

Discuss (Total votes: 1,877)


Best in AL?

Myers went up against a defensive shortstop (Iglesias) and a starting pitcher (Archer).

SportsNation

Who is your American League Rookie of the Year?

  •  
    7%
  •  
    26%
  •  
    58%
  •  
    9%

Discuss (Total votes: 1,686)


Brightest future?

Myers and Puig are 22, while Fernandez is just 21. But pitchers aren't always durable ...

SportsNation

Which of these 2013 rookies has the brightest future?

  •  
    29%
  •  
    18%
  •  
    53%

Discuss (Total votes: 32,809)

Comment »

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

David Price's future in Tampa?

David Price has been the Rays' franchise starter for years, but given the team's habit of trading star players before they become unaffordable, he thinks he'll be wearing a different uniform in 2014. Price may make $13 million next season, and despite his Cy Young Award in 2012, the frugal Rays may think it prudent to start up another youth movement. Despite a rough start in the American League Division Series, Price is still one of the best pitchers in the league, but would it be worth keeping him in Tampa?

Should the Rays trade David Price?

  •  
    51%
  •  
    49%

Discuss (Total votes: 118,345)

  • Which team will David Price be playing for next season?

    •  
      26%
    •  
      74%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,850)

  • Where does David Price rank among MLB pitchers?

    •  
      21%
    •  
      64%
    •  
      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,425)

  • How much does David Price's seven-inning, seven ER performance in the ALDS matter to you when evaluating him?

    •  
      17%
    •  
      51%
    •  
      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,554)

  • Will the Rays ever win a World Series with their current core?

    •  
      21%
    •  
      79%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,742)

Comment »