Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. • It started to warm up a bit out there. Expect a sunny day but clouds could roll in later on. Expect highs in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service, but the lows will still dip into the 40s. Slight winds will come out of the northeast at about 5 to 10 mph. • Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay. • The Tampa Bay Times has launched a redesigned website at tampabay.com with a new commenting platform. Executive Editor Mark Katches explains what’s new and how you could win $200 by taking a quick survey. • After Johns Hopkins took over St. Petersburg’s All Children’s Hospital in 2011, residents believed the beloved local hospital could only get better. But two of our investigative reporters started hearing troubling rumors that the exact opposite had happened in All Children’s heart-surgery unit. They spent a year digging into the program and … [Read more...] about The Daystarter: Relief for Howard Frankland commuters; an accused serial killer’s possible Tampa Bay ties; Romano on St. Pete’s bet to keep the Rays
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Amanda Shires, who plays Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, Florida on November 11, 2018.Elizaveta PorodinaThe only thing better than talking to Amanda Shires is seeing her perform onstage. Americana fans have a chance to do the latter on Sunday when the 36-year-old songwriter and fiddler headlines Capitol Theatre, and you can read our feature on Shires on p. 44 of the new issue of CL (or online if you want to save a tree).You can also read our full Q&A below to get insight into what a conversation with Shires is actually like. Beware, however, because there are some F-bombs in there."I'm dropping F-bomb after F-bomb," Shires joked towards the end of our 25-minute chate. "Because I love Florida."The jokes didn't stop there (ever heard of "deez nuts"?), and neither did her love of Florida, specifically the Bay area."When I think about Tampa, I cannot help but think about all of the good times and the good friends I have met along the way," Shires said. "Coming back to Tampa always … [Read more...] about Amanda Shires can’t say enough nice things about Tampa Bay
We're always looking for the next great sports debate, something fresh to discuss and deliberate, a subject or list invoking contemplation and cross-examination.We believe we've devised one: The 50 greatest coaches in bay area history.Yep, we went there. The journey was as difficult as one might imagine.This wasn't some list we slapped together over lunch. Over the last couple of months, a committee of current and former Tampa Bay Times sports reporters gathered twice in person, and deliberated extensively via phone and e-mail, before settling on our 50 (and some committee members remain unsettled).We limited our discussion only to head coaches or managers at the prep, college or pro level (sorry, Little League and AAU coaches). Moreover, we considered only a coach's accomplishments in the bay area.We placed a big emphasis on championships, while also considering program influence (those who "changed the culture" at a place) and historical impact. Career longevity was considered, but … [Read more...] about Fifty for the ages: The top coaches in Tampa Bay history
1 of 5 View 5 Items Orlin Wagner, AP Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter C.J. Cron is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Hammel during game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Related Links Utah baseball program placed on NCAA probation Utah baseball pushing through a challenging season History made when Utes took baseball regular-season series from BYU ANAHEIM, Calif. — A former All-American at the University of Utah had to travel across the continent to revitalize his stagnating career. C.J. Cron — twice the Mountain West Conference's Player of the Year and twice a first team All-American with the Utes — has become a vital member of the Tampa Bay Rays after four frustrating seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Cron is on pace for career highs in three major offensive categories; he leads the Rays with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs … [Read more...] about Former Ute standout C.J. Cron wielding big stick for Tampa Bay
After the upstart Tampa Bay Rays set the baseball world on its ear by starting reliever Sergio Romo for a pair of one-inning stints over the weekend, it was only natural to wonder who might be the first to copy that innovation. Could it be the Twins, who have ex-Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi in their rotation, former Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton as their bench coach and former Rays pitching analyst Josh Kalk working in their front office? “I haven’t talked to Josh about that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He talks about a lot of things, but I haven’t heard that one yet.” In the Rays’ case, they decided to use a high-leverage reliever against a righty-heavy Los Angeles Angels lineup before switching to lefty Ryan Yarbrough on Saturday and a trio of relievers, including lefties Jose Alvarado and Anthony Banda, on Sunday. “They’re creative down there,” Molitor said. “They talked about doing some things … [Read more...] about Could Twins try their own version of Tampa Bay Rays’ Sergio Romo plan?