Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Trades Ilustrate Cold Face of Team Management and even the Press

Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Steven Souza traded by Rays to Arizona Diamondbacks in early Spring 2018.

Former Tampa Bay Ray Team Outfielder Traded to Arizona Diamondbacks in early 2018

Tampa Bay Rays Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria Designated for Assignment by Rays, August 1, 2018.

I have been angry, once again, since the Tampa Bay Rays let go one of its decent baseball players, and person of character, Brad Miller. Miller was designated for assignment in June of this year. Miller, along with about 20 or 30 other quality Ray team ballplayers over the past 3-5 years have been either traded, sent down for assignment or just let go, when the team could act without much financial penalty.

Steven Souza, the MVP of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, was surprisingly dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in February of this year, along with a long list of others, with the most recent Ray player being Adeiny Hechavarria on August 1, 2018!

According to major league player agent Scott Boras, in his Bleacher Report of 2009, "Baseball has always been a business (for owners) and a job (for players)." Boras concluded, " That's just the way it is...it's the name of the game."

Sorry Mr. Boras, you forgot the most ingredient of all, the FANS! We follow the teams, root for our favorite players, and value the importance of loyalty. Loyalty of players to each other, to their team, and to the fans. We also value loyalty of team management to players; and even a certain loyalty of the press and media to raise concerns of any wrongdoing, financially, personally or even team wise.

From my perspective, the Tampa Bay Rays has no loyalty beyond the almighty dollar. Even the Tampa Bay press goes along and adapts to the player changes without challenging or questioning, taking a neutral stand so as not to offend big business!

Tampa Bay Rays Manager, Kevin Cash, appears to be loyal to management, allowing players to be traded or removed at the drop of the hat. He never speaks up for his players other than making complimentary neutral comments that does not rock the boat. Granted, he does not offend the player, but allows the action of management to take precedents, always.

I believe team loyalty, from all sides, makes for winners, not only character wise, but also winning championships, leagues or even the world series. Loyalty gives a team a sense of belonging, of caring and winning for their loyal fans, and for their manager and for their team owners and management.

We do not have that important ingredient in Tampa Bay!

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