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Rays' Arozarena ready for an encore in 2021

Outfielder looks to follow record-breaking postseason
Posted at 2:46 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 18:31:41-05

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena is coming off a 2020 postseason where he set MLB records for hits (27), home runs (10) and total bases (64). If there's any pressure that comes along with rewriting history, Arozarena isn't letting it get to him.

"It's a very fun game, and I love this game. You gotta have fun," Randy said, after Wednesday's workout. "I know if I think about my family and everyone who helped me on the way over here, it helps me stay calm and relaxed when I'm out on the field."

Rays manager Kevin Cash said the 25-year-old is a fun-loving guy who instantly got along with his teammates when he signed and joined the Rays last season. He said Arozarena's picking up right where he left off last season.

"It’s not like he’s come in after a big month in the postseason and said, 'This is my routine. This is how I’m going to go about it,'" Cash said. "He’s very loose and willing to try everything. I think more than anything, his teammates will all keep each other in check."

Randy said he's going to do whatever he can to pull a repeat performance in 2021.

"I try to prepare myself just like any other game. I try not to set too many unrealistic goals," he said. "I just know if I prepare for that game I'll get the results that I want. If I prepare accordingly, I think those results will come."