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.

11 Rays spring games to be shown on Fox Sports Sun

Blake Snell and the Rays will be on TV 11 times this spring. (Times file)
The extended schedule will start Feb. 24, and with the debut of reporter Tricia Whitaker.

Rays looking for help on the field for bat/ball staff

Duties are wide ranging for members of the Rays bat/ball staff. [Times files]
Local candidates are preferred; duties include pre-, in- and post-game work.

Tricia Whitaker named new Rays TV reporter
She is the fifth different reporter on Fox Sports Sun broadcasts in the past six seasons.

Rays spring training tickets go on sale Friday

The Rays return to spring training in Port Charlotte with 17 games on the schedule. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Team is offering an insiders pre-sale, several discounted games.

That guy on MLB Network? Hes B.J. Upton again

Tampa Bay Rays' Reid Brignac (15) congratulates B.J. Upton after Upton's solo home run off Boston Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday night, Aug. 28, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
Former Rays OF makes a shift back to his more well-known moniker.