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Inside Pitch Podcast

A daily look at the Tampa Bay Rays, with news and events that affect both the team and Major League Baseball. The show drops at 11:00 every day, and is hosted by 95.3 WDAE Rays Insider Steve Carney.... Show More

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July 6, 2020 21 min
The Tampa Bay Rays are now three days into their practice schedule during Summer Camp, and Steve Carney gives you the details on what he saw at Tropicana Field from his view in the first row of the press box. Infielder Daniel Robertson gives you his thoughts on how the sessions have gone, and what concerns he has playing the season during a pandemic.
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July 3, 2020 28 min
It's a happy day if you're a baseball fan, as Summer Camp has officially started. Rays manager Kevin Cash joined Steve Carney one on one just before the practice got started, and pitcher Charlie Morton spoke to the media as a whole after a three inning simulated game.
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July 2, 2020 14 min
With summer camp scheduled to start Friday, Steve Carney starts today's show by discussing what Rays players will be going through for workouts as well as the safety measures that have been put in place by the team to help prevent the contraction and spread of COVID-19. He also talks about the first MLB franchise signing a deal with an online bookmaker and the hurdles the Rays would need to clear in order to be able to join th...
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June 30, 2020 14 min
With Summer Camp about to get started, we're learning of some players who have decided to forego the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Carney goes through who has said they'll wait until 2021 to return to the game. Plus, we discuss how the name atop the leagues' MVP awards needs to change if Major League Baseball wants to continue fighting against systemic racism.
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June 29, 2020 32 min
The Tampa Bay Rays have determined the 60 players they'll make their roster up from in 2020. Hear from Rays general manager Erik Neander about how the organization made the determination on which prospects would be invited and where they would practice.
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June 25, 2020 42 min
We hear from Rays manager Kevin Cash, general manager Erik Neander, and team player rep Tyler Glasnow about the restart of the 2020 season.
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June 24, 2020 17 min
After agreeing to health and safety protocols, Major League Baseball and its players will have a 2020 season after all. Steve Carney goes through some of the changes you're going to see this year in the game, then gets a chance to talk with first-round pick Nick Bitsko, who decided Tuesday not to go to the University of Virginia and instead sign with the Rays.
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With the negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association officially at an end, Steve Carney breaks down the plan for a 60-game season the owners have voted to implement. Juan Toribio of MLB.com also sits down with Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi to talk about what a second Spring Training could consist of, and if COVID-19 could thrown a spanner in the works.
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June 22, 2020 13 min
Steve Carney starts the latest week without baseball by discussing the strange weekend that took place between the league and the players association, and what it could mean for a possible resumption of the sport. Plus, we explain why the Rays are able to practice at Tropicana Field despite the league shutting down facilities in Florida due to COVID-19
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June 19, 2020 10 min
Steve Carney talks about how the latest back-and-forth between Major League Baseball and the Players Association have him concerned more than ever that we won't see a season in 2020, but how he'll grasp to whatever shred of possibility remains for the two sides to come to a consensus.
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Steve Carney details how his hopes along with the hopes of most baseball fans went on a roller coaster ride Wednesday when news came out that commissioner Rob Manfred and players union head Tony Clark met in person, but the two sides still remain far enough apart to warrant concern. Plus, he discusses why he agrees with Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg is not among this six or eight owners tha...
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Steve Carney starts by discuss the report by SNY's Andy Martino that as many as six Major League Baseball owners do not want to play a season at all in 2020, and how that could give players an opportunity to use the divide to bring about an equitable solution. Pat Donovan and Aaron Jacobson then sit down with Rays Radio's Dave Wills to discuss the irreparable damage the game could be bringing upon itself without a season.
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June 16, 2020 18 min
Less than a week after telling ESPN there would "100 percent" be baseball this year, commissioner Rob Manfred has now come off that notion and said he's not so sure we'll see the game this year. Steve Carney explains why this could end up being a lot worse for owners before it gets better. Plus, former Rays pitcher Doug Waechter sits down with Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi to talk about how scary the notion is that...
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Steve Carney starts out another week of shows with the negotiations between the league and players association reaching worst-case scenario and all sides preparing for a 50-game 2020 campaign. Then Pat Donovan and Aaron Jacobson sit down with new draft pick Alika Williams to talk about the selection process and his time at Arizona State
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Steve Carney starts today's show with a recap of the final four rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft, as the Rays added three more pitchers and three more college players. Pat Donovan and Aaron Jacobson then sit down with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian to get what he believes is the worst-cast scenario for a 2020 season, and his craziest scouting story and superstition.
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June 11, 2020 18 min
Steve spends the show talking about the two players the Rays took in night 1 of the MLB Draft: high-school pitcher Nick Pitsko and college shortstop Alika Williams, and we hear from general manager Erik Neander and scouting director Rob Metzler about the selections
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June 10, 2020 13 min
Steve Carney returns by discussing the continuation of workouts at Tropicana Field by a number of Rays players, and the possibilities that the workout could be extended to include batting practice. Then, we get into the latest proposal by the MLB Players Association that allows the discussions on a compromise for a possible 2020 season to continue moving slowly toward a hopeful conclusion.
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Steve Carney begins with the latest on negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players' Association on a possible restart and how far back a season could be pushed back. Rays first base coach Ozzie Timmons then tells Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles about standing with community leaders after the protests and riots and the state of racism in baseball.
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June 4, 2020 21 min
Steve Carney gets an opportunity to talk with Rays general manager Erik Neander and director of scouting Rob Metzler about the upcoming MLB Draft, which has been cut down from 40 rounds to five.
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June 3, 2020 16 min
Steve Carney starts today's show by talking about the Tampa Bay Rays statement that they would be making financial contributions to causes that fight systemic racism following the death of George Floyd. Also, a high-spending owner says super-agent Scott Boras has no idea what he's talking about when discussing the finances of a major league franchise, and if there is baseball in 2020, one former Rays pitcher will not be ta...
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