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Steve Slowinski

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Steve Slowinski is a baseball writer, specializing in objective analysis, advanced statistics, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Steve started blogging at DRaysBay during the spring of 2009, and took over the day-to-day operation of the site in August 2010. Since then, he’s also run a general sports news website for a year – SB Nation Tampa Bay – and contributed pieces to ESPN.com and the St. Petersburg Times.

After stepping down from DRB in 2013, he currently runs the sabermetric glossary at FanGraphs.com.

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The Rays Tank: Six Game Win Streak = One Fine Monday

As you've likely noticed, since Evan Longoria returned from the DL, the Rays have been a perfect 6-0 and they're riding the longest win streak in the majors right now. Their streak -- coupled with...

The Rays Tank: A New Stadium Proposal For The Rays?

Well, this comes as a bit of a surprise. Since the discussion between St. Pete and the Rays over a new stadium has grown stagnant over the past few years, a private group has stepped forward with...

The Rays Tank: Pinellas To Talk To Rays; PITCHF/x Research; Ekstrom Gets Warned

Goodness, I can't get enough of that image. He's back! Evan Longoria made his return last night, but that wasn't the only good news for the Rays yesterday. After the Hillsborough county approached...

Evan Longoria To Be Activated From The DL For Today's Game

Hallelujah, there were times this season it felt like this day would never come. Finally, though, the Tampa Bay Rays are about to get Evan Longoria back: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will make...

The Rays Tank: eGraphs for Everyone!

After a rather discouraging weekend*, sometimes it's best to take your mind off the action for a while. The Rays have a day off today, giving us fans some time to recover from watching that...

The Rays Tank: Longoria To Begin Rehab Again; Alex Cobb Cruisin'

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I'm not sure what the record is for the longest rehab from a hamstring injury is, but Evan Longoria has to be making a run for it. Thankfully, though, he's set to begin his rehab in Triple-A...

7/31/12: Something Something Win

If you see something during the game that would fit "This Week in Sun Sports," please help us out and tag it (#TWSS) in the GDT or email to ThisWeekInSS@gmail.com. (Include inning and outs if...

MLB Trade Deadline Recap: Rays Stay Steady

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As Mr. Maniac and R.J. Anderson have already expanded upon, the Rays have remained steady through the MLB trade deadline, opting to hold onto their players rather than make any moves. For us fans,...

Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics

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David Price vs. A.J. Griffin, 10:05pm A.J. Griffin is a 24-year-old rookie pitcher with a mere six starts to his name. He's managed to be eerily consistent over these starts, too; he's lasted...

The Rays Tank: The Trade Deadline Looms

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Here. We. Go. The MLB trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon, so this final day and a half should be -- correction: could be -- filled with considerable action. The Rays already made one minor deal...

The Rays Tank: Quick Thoughts on the Ryan Roberts Trade

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I'm running around this morning for work-related reasons, so I'm unfortunately not going to be able to give my full thoughts on the Ryan Roberts trade. I'll touch on it briefly, but please check...

Tear 'Er Down, Friedman

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This entire season has felt like one eerie, disappointing case of deja vu. The high expectations. The supposedly dominant offense. The young team that has nowhere to go but up. We've all seen this...

The Rays Tank: #MatsuiFacts

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After a dismal weekend where the Rays lost two of three to the third-worst team in the American League, there are only three things to do: complain, moan, and writhe in agony. And judging from the...

The Rays Tank: Treading Water Edition

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Two games above .500. Back in 2007, I would have killed for the Rays to be in this position in July. And yet, now...it feels so strange. Anyone else out there beginning to seriously wonder if the O...

The Rays Tank: The Return Of Matt Joyce

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Re-Joyce!* Matt Joyce returned from the disabled list last night and promptly led the Rays to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Okay, well, technically Joyce went 0-4 with two strikeouts last...

What's Wrong With Big Game James?

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As you've probably noticed by now, James Shields has been in a horrible skid. He's allowed 10 hits or more in his previous four starts, including a career high 14 hits against the Tigers in one...

The Rays Tank: Josh Beckett In Slo-Mo; JoePa And JoePoz; A-Rod The Above Average

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Remember how Josh Beckett was taking forever between pitches during the first inning of yesterday's game? I don't, as I was blacked out of the game, but apparently it happened and apparently it...

The Rays Tank: Prospect Talk; Trout v. Harper; And Terry Ryan Speaks

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Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels did a mid-season evaluation of his pre-season Top 20 list for the Rays. I swear, every time I see one of these lists, it amazes me how deep the Rays'...

The Rays Tank: Exploding Baseballs & NL Dominance

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The National League kicked butt in last night's All-Star Game, blanking the American League by a score of 8-0. Part of the reason the AL lost is that Justin Verlander imploded early on, as he t...

The Process Report Returns

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R.J. and Tommy have been publishing over at TPR for the past two days, and there are a number of fantastic reads over there at the moment. They're tackling all sorts of topics: Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson, Tim Beckham, and on and on. Be sure to check 'em out.

The Rays Tank: Russell Carleton Returns; [Insert Name Here] Wins Home Run Derby

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So the Home Run Derby was last night. Judging from Twitter, I think Prince Fielder won. As you can probably tell, I didn't see the end. It's not that I don't like the Home Run Derby. Actually,...

The Rays Tank: Jeff Keppinger Bruised; Carlos Lee Traded; Cole Hamels On The Block

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I neglected to mention this in the recap, but Jeff Keppinger left last night's game early after being hit in the arm with a pitch. Thankfully, it doesn't look like the injury is anything serious;...

Farnsworth Pulls A Farnsworth; Rays Fall Late To Yanks, 4-3

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Back when I was a camp counselor, we used to have a story we'd pass around after particularly trying days. A few years back, there was a camper with Downs Syndrome that used to give the counselors...

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays: Phelps vs. Price

Bring out the brooms! If you see something during the game that would fit "This Week in Sun Sports," please help us out and tag it (#TWSS) in the GDT or email to ThisWeekInSS@gmail.com. (Include...

The Rays Tank: Happy Fourth Of July, Everyone

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Here's a question that's been bugging me since last night: how did the 1812 Overture become a Fourth of July tradition? It's not like the piece has any real American connections; it was composed by...

Buying Or Selling: The Trade Deadline Looms

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Depending what you believe, the Tampa Bay Rays could either be huge sellers or buyers at this year's trade deadline. Just last week, there was a rumor that the Rays were considering trading James...

The Rays Tank: David Price And Fernando Rodney Get Elected To The All-Star Game

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The All-Star Game rosters were announced this weekend, and two players from the Tampa Bay Rays made the cut: David Price and Fernando Rodney. Neither selection was particularly surprising,...

The Secret To Succeeding With A Low Walk Rate

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In this post-"Moneyball" world, can any player survive if he doesn't know how to take a walk?

The Rays Tank: Trevor Bauer Promoted, To Start Tonight

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Since Chris Archer has now been optioned to Triple-A and Matt Moore has graduated from prospect status -- and is showing signs of downright human fallibility, dammit -- my prospect man-crush has...

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