The Tampa Bay Rays have a 41-26 record and are one of baseball\'s best stories in the first half of the season.
However, Austin Meadows is the only member of the club that ranks among the top three at his position in the American League All-Star voting.
\"We won\'t get credit, man,\" Tommy Pham told The Athletic. \"It\'s always unfair. Big market vs. small market. It\'s never going to be fair.\"
Pham claims it\'s about the amount of exposure the big-market teams like New York and Boston get compared to the small-market ones like Tampa Bay.
\"It\'s never going to be fair,\" he said. \"It has to change because when you go into arbitration, that\'s a big thing that\'s talked about with accomplishments. Baseball has to be better to fix it. We\'re not getting any help either from ESPN. We haven\'t had an ESPN game all year. That\'s a way for fans to see us by putting us on one of those big-time games. But we continually never get put on, so all they see is the same players. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox -- the same teams are always on there.
\"When you look at it, all right, we\'re in a small market, we\'re never on ESPN. We don\'t have a ton of national TV games. We\'re at a disadvantage.\"