The long offseason is about to end with players reporting to Spring Training next week. The first actual game is in exactly two weeks, on February 26th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is the Rays Spring Training radio and television broadcast schedule, which includes five televised games. The 25-man roster must be set by March 31st.
To begin the weekend open thread here is some video of our 5th round pick in the 2009 draft, Jeff Malm, working out in Las Vegas last week. Malm did not make Baseball America's Rays Top 30 prospects list this year after being ranked #19 entering the 2010 season. (I wonder if anyone will mention that we shouldn't rank draftees who have barely played pro ball?)
And here is Malm playing catch with Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies (the Flyin' Hawaiian).
Not the most interesting videos I'll admit, but the closest thing I've seen to live baseball in months. I'll finish with a question: At the end of Spring Training when affiliate rosters are announced, which player(s) are you most interested in seeing where they are assigned?