Remember that ugly bit of ugliness involving Jon Rauch over the weekend? In which his manager, John Farrell, had to come out and hold him back from killing home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez, ripping Rauch’s jersey off in the process? Yeah, well, Farrell got the worst of it:
When asked Monday how he didn’t pull a muscle or end up on the DL in his attempts to restrain Rauch, Farrell said that almost happened. Farrell said that Rauch’s elbow hit him square in his left jaw joint and he had to have his jaw re-set following the game.
See the elbow shot in this GIF of the incident here. The presumably big fine leveled against Rauch by the Blue Jays kangaroo court will not be televised.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: