Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

Eduardo A. Encina

Bucs and Pro Sports Enterprise Reporter

I’m back for my second stint at the Tampa Bay Times. You may recognize my byline from back in the day when I covered the Rays, Lightning and high school sports. After seven years working in my hometown of Baltimore as the lead Orioles writer at The Baltimore Sun, I’m back covering the Bucs and providing pro sports enterprise. If you have a story idea, email me, tweet me or send me a three-eyed raven. When I’m not working, I’m likely outside hiking (preferably out of cell-phone range), getting charged by a mountain goat, Instagramming my food, plotting my second career as an astronaut or taking hacks at the nearest indoor batting cage.

As baseball puts pitch clock to the test in spring training games, players are divided whether itís good for the sport

Pitch clocks have been used in minor league games, like this 2015 game between Rochester and Buffalo, for several years.  [AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File]
Younger pitchers seem to accept the change, while veterans are less supportive

Surrounded by Bryce Harper buzz, Phillies just try to block out the noise

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen during a spring training workout at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. (EDUARD A. ENCINA  | Times)
The Phillies did plenty this offseason to improve, but will it be enough if they donít sign Harper?

Machado signing makes one player happy, but doesnít solve baseballís money problem

All-Star infielder Manny Machado finished the year with the Dodgers after playing six-plus seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. On Tuesday, he signed a 10-year, $300-million contract with the San Diego Padres. [AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File]
A lot more still has to happen before the friction within the game yields.

As Blue Jays open camp, all eyes on top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., regarded as the top prospect in baseball, zeros in on a ground ball hit to him during infield drills at Englebert Complex in Dunedin. (EDUARDO A. ENCINA | Times)
The biggest question around Torontoís spring training is when Guerrero will arrive in the big leagues.

Rookie manager Charlie Montoyo saw promise in Jays late last season

Blue Jays first-year manager and former Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo talks to coaches during the team's first full-squad spring training workout on Feb. 18, 2019 at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin. [EDUARDO A. ENCINA | Times]
Montoyo remembers a dugout conversation with Kevin Cash, when the Rays manager told him Toronto would be the best managerial opening of the offseason.