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Apr 11, 17, 10:20 AM #243They have to purchase your contract when your added to the 25 man.
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Apr 28, 17, 03:30 PM #246Sounds like Luke is headed to Toronto!
May 1, 17, 09:48 AM #247This is a few months old, but pretty cool none the less. I had not seen it before so posting it here. A couple photos are visible in the linked article.
Rays' Luke Maile shares Christmas memories | MLB.com
ST. PETERSBURG -- Luke Maile is one of the Rays' three catchers heading into the 2017 season, along with Wilson Ramos and Curt Casali.
The native of Edgewood, Ky., was recalled from Triple-A Durham over the All-Star break and started 35 of the team's 74 games after the break.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Maile played well, throwing out seven of 25 attempted basestealers, and the staff had a 3.14 ERA with Maile behind the plate, compared to 4.48 with all of the other catchers.
Recently, MLB.com caught up with Maile, who shared some of his Christmas memories in the following Q&A.
MLB.com: What was your favorite Christmas moment growing up?
Maile: Probably when I was 5 years old. I really wanted a bike. And I came downstairs, probably around 5:30 in the morning, and sure enough, Santa left me a bike. It was a little mountain bike for kids. It was red and looked so new and shiny. I was just so excited. It was probably about 15 degrees outside that day, and I just rode it all over the place. I couldn't get enough of it. Ironically, I rarely rode a bike after I was 10 years old. But at the time, that was huge for me, because I had a bunch of friends who lived in different neighborhoods and I wanted to go and hang out with them. That made it a lot easier.
MLB.com: You grew up in Kentucky, so did you usually experience a white Christmas?
Maile: I'd say maybe a third of the time, it was a white Christmas. And then sometimes we'd get a weird one where it was in the 60s. It's like anywhere else in the country, it kind of ebbs and flows. But we had a couple that were really a standard Christmas.
Luke Maile said his family's Christmas was always relaxed, since everyone lived so close.
Courtesy of Luke Maile
MLB.com: Who did you celebrate with in your immediate family growing up?
Maile: Myself, my parents and then my four younger siblings. I have a fairly big extended family, and everybody lives maybe five minutes or so from where we grew up, so they were over quite often. But certainly around the holidays -- both my dad's and my mom's side. We'd watch football. My dad and my uncles would play cards. It was always a fun time.
MLB.com: Any big Christmas traditions?
Maile: My family, not really. The one thing that I always liked about growing up in my household is we didn't really take Christmas too seriously in terms of stressing about presents for people. Nobody really felt under the gun, ever. It was really relaxed -- just more of a celebration. Since we all lived near each other, like I said, and saw each other a lot, I think that kind of took some of the pressure off. We just kind of enjoyed everybody being off school and everybody being off work.
MLB.com: Any Christmas movies or songs that you particularly like?
Maile: "Christmas Vacation." I probably saw that movie when I was a little too young, but my dad always got a kick out of Chevy Chase. My dad and my uncles loved it and I'd always pretend like I understood all of the humor involved. I wouldn't say we watched that religiously every year, but it definitely was something that when it was on TV, everybody watched.
MLB.com: As far as Christmas food, any favorites?
Maile: There was a farm that sold turkeys. It's been around forever and they just have the greatest turkeys on earth. They raise them there. Everybody brought over a dish. My mom made unbelievable sides. My dad and my grandma were always taking part stuffing the turkey. Everybody put on a few pounds at Christmas.
MLB.com: You now live in Palm Harbor, Fla., so where do you plan on celebrating this year?
Maile: My family is coming down this year. I think they're tired of the cold and they're a little jealous about the weather my wife and I are experiencing right now. So everybody's going to Clearwater Beach. We've got a little condo rented out for them and we'll be spending Christmas Eve, all the way through New Year's Day, together. My house is only a short drive away from that.
May 1, 17, 06:57 PM #248
I believe Luke is catching at Yankee Stadium tonight. I got that from a pretty solid source.
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May 1, 17, 11:27 PM #250My dad is staying at the same hotel as the BlueJays in NYC tonight...small world. He took a picture with Luke after the team bus arrived late.
May 2, 17, 06:05 AM #251Hopefully he starts hitting some, otherwise it's unfortunately going to be difficult to hang around.
May 8, 17, 07:58 PM #252Luke got his 1st hit of the season tonight in Toronto vs. Cleveland
Blue Jays up 4-0 over the Indians in the top of the 6th.
Game is now on Channel 538 on Specturm
May 15, 17, 12:12 PM #253From the Toronto Star:
Air Maile catching Blue Jays’ and opponents’ attention
Luke Maile’s arm, if not his bat, impresses Jays skipper and the catcher he’s keeping the job warm for.
If the rocket that catcher Luke Maile threw to Ryan Goins early in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 walk-off win over the Mariners on Sunday looked familiar — a strike that sent Seattle’s speedy Jean Segura back to the dugout after a failed attempt to steal second base — that’s because he’s been making a habit of it.
Maile, starting for the 10th time as a Jay with Russell Martin on the disabled list, made a similar play one day earlier, nailing the Mariners’ Guillermo Heredia.
Those are the plays Maile was brought in to deliver. When the Jays parted ways with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia earlier this year, manager John Gibbons said the club was looking for someone to help more defensively — and hopefully hit better than .040.
Cue Maile, who has made plays look effortless on a regular basis. The 26-year-old said he’s been working on his throwing accuracy in particular.
“The throws I’ve been making are definitely some of my better bolts, but the accuracy, I came into spring training really trying to work on that and had a pretty successful spring training when it came to at least hitting my target,” said Maile, who was in the mix for a starting job with the Tampa Bay Rays before the club made moves that led to his release.
The key is simply in the exchange, he said — getting his right foot down quickly and the ball out of his glove to throw as fast as possible.
“I don’t want to say I rely on my arm, but I have a good arm, and if I can get those two things in place I know the rest will take care of itself,” Maile said.
Manager John Gibbons — a catcher in his playing days — called Maile “money” on Sunday, adding he was particularly impressed by his ability to catch notoriously fast runners who get good jumps.
“If it’s a little high or a little wide, even with a good throw those guys are probably safe, but he’s putting it in that area. Gets some pretty good, quick tags down, too,” Gibbons said.
Solid defensive play has masked the fact that Maile has actually produced less at the plate than Saltalamacchia did — hitting .032 after Sunday’s 0-for-4.
“The nice thing I’m really encouraged about — and it’s something I haven’t always done as a young player — is my defence has not only maintained itself, but I feel like it’s stepped up a notch, even throughout this tough time at the plate,” he said.
Martin is a big fan of Maile’s game, especially those highlight-reel throws.
“Sniper. I like that. I like seeing it. It fires me up, man,” he said.
Martin — out with nerve inflammation in his left, non-throwing shoulder — resumed baseball activities on Friday, including throwing in the outfield and swings off a tee.
The main issue now, he said, isn’t pain but fatigue. Martin took several days off to rest the shoulder after he was placed on the DL on May 8. Then the Jays’ medical staff started putting him through strengthening tests, all of which he said he has passed so far.
“When it was tired, I couldn’t pass any of those tests. There was no strengthening because it was just not functional.”
The hard-working catcher remains hopeful he will be back in the lineup after the minimum 10 days.
“To not do anything is probably the toughest thing for me,” he said. “Energy’s never been an issue.”
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May 15, 17, 12:21 PM #255No matter how good he is defensively, he has to start hitting. You just can't waste a roster spot on a guy that's going to hit below .100.