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Tampa Bay Rays: Clearing the Hurdles, 2019 Retrospective Part One

Kevin Kiermaier (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Season in Review (part one)- We take a look at what went wrong in 2019. In part two of this article, we take a look at how they overcame those obstacles to win 96 games.

2018 was good. Following four straight losing seasons, the Rays put together a 90-72 record in a division that was home to the Yankees and the that season’s World Champions, the Boston Red Sox. The Rays found their own way of competing against the financial juggernauts. 2018 saw the introduction of the controversial opener strategy and young Blake Snell shutting the rest of the league down with a 1.89 ERA, 21 wins, and the AL Cy Young award.

That momentum rolled over into 2019 as the Rays set their sights on loftier goals. They let their intentions be known by signing Charlie Morton to a franchise-record contract for a free-agent pitcher. They had players like Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle, seemingly poised for breakout seasons.

Despite the success in 2019, the Rays had to overcome several hurdles. To celebrate the new year we will take a look at 2019. We will take a look at the obstacles and setbacks the Rays overcame to finish with 96 wins and an appearance in the ALDS that took the soon-to-be AL Champs to a fifth game.

This two-part article consists of the following content:

Part One

  1. Hurdles – Page One
  2. Hurdles – Page Two

Part Two (separate article)

  1. Clearing the Hurdles – Page One
  2. Clearing the Hurdles – Page Two

So, what better way to celebrate the New Year than by popping a cork of nice champagne and reliving the spectacular 2019 season the Rays put together? Allow yourself to wander amidst the bubbles about what 2020 might bring to St. Pete.

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