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Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Tampa Bay Rays season
Established 1998
based in St. Petersburg, Florida
Major league affiliations
Retired numbers 12, 42
Colors
  • Navy Blue, Columbia Blue, White, Gold

                       

Name
  • Tampa Bay Rays (2008–present)
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2007)
Other nicknames
  • The Rays
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (0)
AL Pennants (1) 2008
Division titles (1) 2008
Wild card berths (0) none
Front office
Owner(s) Stuart Sternberg
Manager Joe Maddon
General Manager Andrew Friedman

The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball team that plays in St. Petersburg, Florida. From the team being started in 1998 until November 2007, it was known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Their home stadium is Tropicana Field.

History

The skipper, Joe Maddon lr
Joe Madden, current manager of the Rays

The Rays played their first game on March 31, 1998 against the Detroit Tigers (as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays), which they lost 11-6. They were one of the least successful teams in the Major Leagues until 2008, when they finished in first place in the American League East and had one of the best records in baseball. They made it to the World Series but were beaten by Philadelphia in five games. Evan Longoria brought the team's first AL Rookie of the Year award to the team on November 10, 2008.

On November 8, 2007, the team changed its name to Tampa Bay Rays.

Rivalries

The Rays have rivalries with two teams. The Boston Red Sox is one due to the 2008 American League Championship Series, the other is the Florida Marlins due their in-state location.

Current roster

Tampa Bay Rays 2010 Spring Training roster
40-Man Roster Spring Training
Non-Roster Invitees
Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • 50 Grant Balfour
  • 47 Jeff Bennett
  • -- Jesse Chavez
  • 37 Randy Choate
  • 31 Lance Cormier
  • 58 Wade Davis
  • 22 Matt Garza
  • -- Jeremy Hellickson
  • 39 J. P. Howell
  • 57 Jacob McGee
  • 34 Jeff Niemann
  • 14 David Price
  • -- Ramón Ramírez
  • 33 James Shields
  • 21 Andy Sonnanstine
  • 51 Mitch Talbot
  • 59 Dale Thayer
  • -- Alexander Torres
  • 35 Dan Wheeler
Catchers
  • 28 John Jaso
  • -- José Lobatón
  • 30 Dioner Navarro
  • 11 Shawn Riggans
  • -- Kelly Shoppach

Infielders

  •  8 Jason Bartlett
  • 15 Reid Brignac
  • 29 Elliot Johnson
  •  3 Evan Longoria
  • 23 Carlos Pena
  • -- Sean Rodriguez
  • 18 Ben Zobrist

Outfielders

  • 13 Carl Crawford
  • 26 Gabe Gross
  • -- Desmond Jennings
  • 20 Matt Joyce
  • 27 Gabe Kapler
  • 38 Fernando Perez
  • 10 Justin Ruggiano
  •  2 B. J. Upton

Designated hitters

  • 16 Willy Aybar
  •  5 Pat Burrell
Manager

Coaches

  • 77 Scott Cursi (coach)
  •  6 Tom Foley (third base)
  • 25 George Hendrick (first base)
  • 48 Jim Hickey (pitching)
  •  4 Dave Martinez (bench)
  •  7 Bobby Ramos (bullpen)
  • -- Derek Shelton (hitting)
  • 61 Don Zimmer (coach)

60-day disabled list

  • None


* Not on active roster
† 15-day disabled list
Roster updated 2009-12-01
TransactionsDepth Chart

Team Article

Season records

Year Wins Losses
1998 63 99
1999 69 93
2000 69 92
2001 62 100
2002 55 106
2003 63 99
2004 70 91
2005 67 95
2006 61 101
2007 66 96
2008 97 65
Total 742 1,037

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