The Tampa Bay Rays should stop wearing their road grey jerseys immediately.

This isn't solely because I have a personal distaste for the traditional road baseball uniforms and feel they are outdated. Honestly, there is nothing worse on a HDTV than a bland grey uniform. However, for the Rays the numbers support a change in wardrobe.

They are horrible in grey.


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B.J. Upton is worth more than he could likely be traded for.

As the hot stove, trade speculation is charging ahead at full speed as it is time to talk about Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton's name is constantly brought up whenever discussing possible trades and since he will be a free agent after 2012, it is now or never for the team to move him. I will examine his value to the team, what they will likely receive in compensation and even look at one prospect I believe would fill a void on the roster.

B.J. Upton will likely be playing for a team other than the Tampa Bay Rays  next season. The outfielder that every Rays fan loves to hate or hates to love will likely be traded for less than his true value.




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The Tampa Bay Rays need help putting butts in seats inside their beautiful dungeon of a ballpark, Tropicana Field.

They have offered fans the ability to bring their own food in the ballpark, free parking for carpooling, summer concerts, and amazing promotional giveaways. None of these promotions have made a difference in the team's attendance numbers even though they have fielded one of the best teams in baseball over the past four years.

Perhaps the Rays staff just isn't being innovative enough to attract the more casual baseball fan.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have already started this offseason better than last year.

Instead of talking about key players that will likely depart the team, the discussion is on players that are returning.

They picked up the $7.5 million option for starting pitcher James Shields and the $3.3 million option for closer Kyle Farnsworth.

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Every Wednesday I discuss what is happening with the Tampa Bay Rays. This week I preview the upcoming off-season and take a look at the Rays chances of making the postseason in 2012. I also discuss potential scenarios for James Shields and B.J. Upton.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are in a great position to return to the postseason in 2012.

Their wonderfully improbable 2011 season resulted in them exceeding the most optimistic of expectations by making the postseason as the AL Wild Card team. The epic finale to the season where they came back from being behind nine games to the Boston Red Sox will be talked about for years.

Now that the final chapter has been written on 2011 it is time simultaneously reflect on this season as well as look ahead to 2012.

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