1. Tampa Bay Rays (Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Matt Garza, Andy Sonnanstine, David Price). The Rays are deep and balanced, young and experienced. That’s quite the combination. The group returns almost fully intact from last season (though Price replaces Edwin Jackson), when these five pitchers compiled a 3.78 ERA as starters (including Price’s one September start). There’s really only one question about this group: How will these young arms bounce back after pitching deep into October? The longer spring training will help; there’s no need to rush anyone. Plus, the added depth in the bullpen will allow Rays manager Joe Maddon to give his starters a little more rest when the opportunity arises.
Attorney Robert E. Heyman has filed a Notice Of Appearance in the Jino Gonzalez case. He has also filed a Demand For Copy Of Information, Plea Of Not Guilty, Notice Of Discovery, and Demand For Jury Trial. The arraignment is still scheduled for February 19th. Heyman, of the firm Zimmet, Unice, Salzman & Heyman, P.A. in Palm Harbor, has baseball ties according to his bio:
ROBERT E. HEYMAN was born in Providence, RI on November 30, 1956. He grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island and thereafter attended college in St. Petersburg, Florida at Eckerd College and graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in political science. While at Eckerd College, he played varsity baseball and pitched on the 1977 team which reached the finals of the Division II College World Series. After graduation, he attended Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he participated as a member of the 1982 State Moot Court Team.
Following his law school graduation in 1982, Mr. Heyman served for fifteen years as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Pinellas County. He was promoted quickly within the office and began prosecuting felony cases eight months after his service began. He thereafter assumed a variety of supervisory positions, which culminated in his serving as a Felony Division Director from 1992 until he left the office in 1997.