Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

Rays Reporter

If there's something in Tampa Bay Rays history you're interested in, there's a good chance I was there for it. First pitch, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, the 2008 ALCS clincher and World Series experience, Evan Longoria's Game 162 walkoff, the 2018 advent of the opener, and plenty more. That's the benefit of having covered the franchise from day one (actually even before) and for all 21 seasons, as well as other baseball matters locally and nationally since joining the Times in 1983 from Drake University. Obviously, I've enjoyed the ride and am happy to share the details with you on all platforms. I’ve also had the privilege of covering Super Bowls, Olympics and college bowl games, but, pssst, baseball has always been my first love.

Tampa Bay Rays seemingly knew Tyler Glasnow was tipping pitches, but there wasnít much they could do

Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow walk back to the dugout after the Astros score four runs in the first inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
Manager Kevin Cash says that wasnít the main problem for the four-run first inning in Game 5 of the ALDS. It was the Astrosí hitters.

End is really just the beginning of good things to come for Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays grounds crew works to remove the ALDS playoff logo along the first base line on the field at Tropicana Field on Friday. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Thatís what the team stresses as it faces an offseason with roster flexibility.

Astros relieved to be done with Rays after a five-game grind

Houston Astros players celebrate their 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
Preparing for Rays steady steam of relievers was a significant challenge for Houstonís hitters.

Raysí Tyler Glasnow: Itís Ďpretty obviousí I was tipping pitches

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (20) reacts after giving up a hit to Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) in the first inning in Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
Rays Journal: Did the Astros know what was coming during their four-run, first-inning explosion?

Rays season ends due to dreadful start and a dazzling Gerrit Cole

Astros 6, Rays 1: Tampa Bay couldnít overcome Houstonís four-run first inning and another dominating start.