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Surviving The Most Exciting Player In Baseball

The Tampa Bay Rays may have taken two out of three from the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend, but they also were able to succeed against Shohei Ohtani, who may be the most interesting player to watch in the sport.  Steve Carney tells you why he’ll get consideration in both Cy Young and MVP voting, but also why he could likely be shut out of the awards.

We also get into the All-Star Game fan voting and which Rays players could end up representing the American League in the Mid-Summer Classic, and Steve talks with infielder Joey Wendle about what adjustments big league players have to make when playing games at minor-league stadiums like Dunedin’s TD Ballpark and Buffalo’s Sahlen Field.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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