The Tampa Bay Rays completed their second workout at Tropicana Field in hopes of the 2020 season beginning in the near future.
On Monday, 14 Tampa Bay Rays showed up to Tropicana Field for a voluntary workout. Wednesday they were back at it. Players and coaches that are able to make it to the stadium are tentatively preparing for the upcoming (hopefully) season.
As was the case on Monday, players and coaches had their temperatures checked, answered medical questions, wore masks when not working out, kept their distance from one another, and stayed out of the weight rooms.
The schedules were once again staggered so there weren’t too many players on the field at the same time, which will not be the case if they play a real season.
Despite all of the restrictions, the Tampa Bay Rays were still on the field playing baseball. Weights were brought to the field, players were playing catch, guys were running, and baseball activities were happening at “The Trop.”
The Rays will hold a third workout at Tropicana Field on Friday. Following the practice, manager Kevin Cash and front office executives will evaluate what they have learned over the course of this first week of work and potentially take steps to lighten the restrictions for next week.
Some of the increased activities could include allowing pitchers to actually throw off of the mound, hitters would get to swing the bat a little, and the team would bring additional weights and workout gear to the field.
This is all a nice distraction from the negative vibes the players are putting out on the internet in response to the owners’ recent proposal for a 2020 season. You can read all about how the owners plan to reduce the pay for the game’s highest-paid players in the article linked below.
The bright side of this news is that the Rays are gearing up for a season. Both sides have a lot to lose by not playing. Should the season begin in July, the Rays will be ready.