February 3rd, 2014

Hellickson out until late May

Jeremy Hellickson, one of the Ray’s many young arms, has underwent elbow surgery and will be out for the first 6-8 weeks of the 2014 season. Hellickson was one of the Rays best pitchers in his rookie season of 2011, and was solid again in 2012. But 2013 was a different story, as Hellickson had an awful 5.17 ERA and pitched only 174 innings. Despite the awful ERA, Hellickson still set a career low for walks with 50, and a career high for strikeouts with 135. If Hellickson can avoid the longball more and pitch more innings once he returns, he will have a bounceback season in 2014.

Baseball Bloggers Alliance Joe Posnanski Award

Every year, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance awards a great Baseball writer with a strong internet presence. The award is called the Joe Posnanski Award. “Voting” ends on Febuary 17th. As a member of the BBA, we will vote on 5 candidates for the Award. Who do you think should win the award? Comment Now!

Pepper News&Notes

After a quiet weekend in Baseball. (Mainly because of the Super Bowl) Players are heading down to spring training. Though there isn’t much Free Agent Buzz, there is always news to talk about in the Baseball World, isn’t there? For those football fans, Russel Wilson got selected by the Rangers in a Rule 5 Pick. I think, this is pointless, as he will not report to Spring Training. Stephen Drew is expected to sign soon, as he wants to report to a Spring Training team ASAP. We will also be making some changes to the blog on Febuary 7th. We will be ditching our “Hot Stove” look that we’ve had since November and replacing it with a Sunny Spring look. We will also have our first Pepper Preseason Podcast (PPP) next Monday!Don’t forget to Ask a question to one of our Hosts in this Saturdays “Pepper Show #AskTheHosts ” Special!