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ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Attention Tampa Bay Rays fans: Baseball Season has arrived. The Super Bowl has passed and that can only mean one thing, pitchers and catchers report in a matter of days!

Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and catchers report next Wednesday. Only 9 short days from now, the chase to October will begin… officially. Behind the scenes, countless professional ballplayers have been preparing for the grind that is 8 straight months of baseball.

Blake Snell will arrive in Port Charlotte looking to hit the 200 innings mark in an effort to defend his “controversial” Cy Young title. Tommy Pham will look to lead the Rays at the plate and win his way back into the hearts of Rays fans. Kevin Kiermaier should only have one goal in mind…staying healthy. Austin Meadows will be out to prove the Rays right as they traded away Mallex Smith and handed him an everyday role.

Charlie Morton has 15 million reasons to repeat what he has done the past couple of years in Houston. Mike Zunino has an entire staff to learn and manage. Joe McCarthy and Nate Lowe will be attempting to expedite their path to the Trop and Brent Honeywell has one thing on his mind…Honey-Day!

You get the point, there is a lot to look forward to in Port Charlotte over the coming months. There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the 2019.

Here is a glimpse of some of the behind the scenes work your Rays players have been putting in:

Willy Adames took a page out of Yandy Diaz’s offseason workout program  have as he prepares for a sophomore campaign:

The opener, Ryne Stanek, is ready to blow hitters away in the first inning yet again:

https://twitter.com/raysbaseball/status/1090007097327136773?s=12

Ryan Yarbrough, Stanek’s counterpart, has been prepping for his sophomore campaign in the bigs:

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Get ready Rays fans! A storm is brewing in Tampa Bay! A 5 year rebuilding effort began to pay off last year but 2019 will be the real test. Are you ready? I know I am!

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