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.

How the Rays are dealing with a late start to their postseason

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash, on left, along with Erik Neander, center, senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager, and Chaim Bloom, senior vice president of baseball operations, address the media during a press conference at Tropicana Field Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in St. Petersburg. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Rays Tales: Research now, action to come as Rays get caught up after playoff run. Plus, TV rating info and rumblings.

For Rays fans, Nationals should be your new favorite team

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez raises the NLCS trophy after Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson  |  AP
They’re easy to like, familiar-looking and also connected to Montreal. Most importantly, they’re not the Astros or Yankees.

Former Rays and Cubs manager Joe Maddon hired by Angels

Joe Maddon had successful runs with the Rays and Cubs, and now heads back to the Angels. Tampa Bay Times
Maddon gets a reported three-year deal to return to his original organization, and one that could use his help.

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Nick Anderson honored twice

Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson has earned two postseason honors thanks to his stellar performance in the team's bid to reach the postseason Doug Clifford | Tampa Bay Times
July 31 trade acquisition from Marlins named to Baseball America’s all-rookie team and wins top Midwest player award.

Rays thank fans in a variety of ways

The Rays posted this  message of appreciation on their Twitter account. Rays Baseball  |  Twitter
An ad in the Tampa Bay Times from the team and Twitter messages from players cap the season that included playoffs for the first time since 2013.