Tim Hudson questions whether the Nationals have the balls to stick with the Giants

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All that really matters is the baseball, but when you have to wait a couple of days for a game, the talk tends to come to the fore. And this talk from Tim Hudson will probably get the attention of the Washington Nationals. From the Post:

“Obviously they have a talented group over there, there’s no question,” Hudson told The Post’s Barry Svrluga. “They have some great pitching. But come playoff time, talent can take you a long ways, but what do you have between your legs? That’s going to take you real far. And I think we’ve got a group in here that really has some of that.”

Hudson’s implication: The Nationals don’t. Or at least they haven’t shown it yet.

To the extent he’s equating what they “have between their legs” with playoff experience, fair enough. The Giants still have loads of guys who were in the 2010 and 2012 World Series. To the extent he’s talking about basic fortitude and manliness and all of that blah, blah, blah, I do hope he explains how that’s measured in non-subjective fashion. Because no one has ever explained that one to me.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”