Tampa Bay Rays: Star Pitchers Voice Frustrations with Sign Stealing
By Seth Carter
Several Tampa Bay Rays’ players were spotted at pre-spring workouts at Tropicana Field today. Some of them discussed the recent cheating scandal with the media following their workouts.
Tampa Bay Rays players were out getting some work in at the “Trop” today. Some of the players included former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, Ryan Yarbrough and prospect Shane McClanahan.
This comes just a five days after highly-touted prospect Brent Honeywell was spotted throwing baseballs at the “Trop.” Honeywell has been out of commission for two seasons with injuries.
Seeing the pitchers getting work in so early is certainly reassuring. Blake Snell is trying to bounce back to his 2018 Cy Young form after finishing with an ERA over 4.00 last season.
Glasnow hopes to stay healthy and contend for the Cy Young himself after completing 12 starts for the Rays and posting a ridiculous 1.78 ERA.
McClanahan is coming off of a season that saw him rocket through three levels of the Rays’ minor league system. McClanahan was recently named to Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects.
Ryan Yarbrough is a part of the reason the Rays may not need the opener strategy in 2020. He looks to take the next step from a solid back-end of the rotation starter by getting in work with two potential Cy Young candidates in Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow.
It’s exciting to see these guys out getting work in so early. However, the real story from the day was not their workout but the comments from the star pitchers subsequent to the physical exertion.
When asked about the cheating scandal, Blake Snell said it was worse than PEDs.
Tyler Glasnow called the punishments “lax.”
The Rays’ pitchers are taking the scandal head-on and are unafraid to voice their opinions. Tyler Glasnow was one of the nastiest pitchers in the league last season and couldn’t make it out of the third inning against the Astros in Game 5 of the ALDS.
The Rays’ pitchers have plenty of reasons to voice their opinions on the matter. The more star players like these two speak out the more unacceptable it makes this sort of behavior in the sport.
Guess what? Now we love Glasnow and Snell even more.