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AUDIO: Dugout View All-Star Rant


Kris Dunn’s Dugout View rant on MLB All-star voting…

Hoffman’s Road to the Show Starts

Jeff Hoffman (photo Rick Sassone / RSEN)

  Dunedin, Fla. — Last night  Toronto Blue Jays 2014 first round pick Jeff Hoffman took the hill for his professional debut against the Tampa Yankees.  Reaching 98 MPH on the gun Hoffman impressively pitched a 1-2-3 first inning.  The 22 year old right hander, just over a year removed from Tommy John surgery, had only been […]

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Mar 6, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) loses the ball to Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

              Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers             It’s a battle of Me vs Team.  The King and his royal subject’s vs the peasants.  Two contrasting styles will converge on one court to determine who moves on to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. The Hawks have a couple of factors working in […]

Izturis Rehabs

Macier Izturis  5-15-15 [Rick Sassone] _9781 - Copy

  Dunedin, Fla. — Maicer Izturis made his first rehab start last night in Dunedin vs. the Tampa Yankees. Izturis had two at bats going 1 for 2 from the lead off spot.  Leading off the home first Izturis grounded to short and in the third he singled on a rope to left.  Izturis was forced […]

NBA Western Conference Finals Preview

NBA: Playoffs-New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors

  The matchups are set.  The storylines are being written.  The NBA’s 4 best teams from the regular season have reached the conference finals and for each of them, history is at stake. Golden State vs Houston Rockets The battle of MVP and MVP runner-up.  For Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors he looks […]

Clippers Choke Away Finals Trip

The San Antonio Spurs lost game 7 111-109 in Los Angeles to end the 2014-15 season for the Spurs.  Tony Parker and Tim Duncan tried to stop Blake Griffin and the Clippers. What an amazing 15 year run for San Antonio. (photo USA TODAY Sports  Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

  It wasn’t supposed to end like this.  They were up 3-1.  They almost had them in Game 6.  They almost made it to their first Conference Finals.  They were the Los Angeles Clippers and they choke. One can look at the dispatching of the Spurs as youth and speed getting the best of old […]

Three Coaches to Watch

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              The NBA playoffs are far from over, but it is never too early to look at some coaches who are on the market or soon to be on the market.   Tom Thibodeau Why put a coach on this list who is under contract for two more years and just lost in the […]

Steve Souza Jr. Trout-like?

Steven Souza Jr. at bat against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. (USA TODAY Sports - Kim Klement)

  When the Tampa Bay Rays traded away their outfielder-of-the-future, Wil Myers, you may have questioned the move. However, what you may not have known is that, in return, Tampa would receive a similarly dynamic prospect, Steven Souza Jr. Mike Trout is a HR-SB king in MLB. The baseball world is constantly talking about superstars […]

Eastern Conference Finals Set

Dec 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) controls the puck in front of New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (USA TODAY Sports -  Adam Hunger)

      May 16 ’15 1:00 PM ET at Rangers May 18 ’15 8:00 PM ET at Rangers May 20 ’15 8:00 PM ET at Lightning May 22 ’15 8:00 PM ET at Lightning May 24 ’15 8:00 PM ET at Rangers May 26 ’15 8:00 PM ET at Lightning May 29 ’15 8:00 […]

Pitching Prospect on the Rise in Tampa Bay


  It’s no secret, the Tampa Bay Rays are one of baseballs best organizations when it comes to developing pitching prospects. David Price, James Shields, Matt Moore,Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, you get the idea. Although Archer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, he spent three years developing in the Rays system before becoming a mainstay […]