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List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Devil Rays/Rays

This is a list of the greatest Tampa Bay Rays players in team history. For the first decade of the franchise's existence, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were one of the worst teams in baseball. The team finished last in the AL East in nine of its first ten seasons. In 2008, things finally came together for Tampa Bay. Beginning with the sale of the team and shortening of its team name to the Rays, the young players who Tampa Bay were grooming finally rewarded the club's faith in them. That year, the Rays came out of nowhere and made it to the World Series on the strength of its young nucleus. The best players in Rays history were on that World Series team. Even though they lost to the Phillies in 5 games, the foundation for the Rays future was set and despite being located in a small market, the Rays have managed to keep their top players around.

The lynchpin of the Rays is third baseman Evan Longoria. Unsurprisingly, the Rays' success began when its franchise third baseman was called up earlier that year. He was named an All Star in his first season and hasn't looked back since. Longoria also has his place etched in Rays history when he homered against the Boston Red Sox in extra innings of the final game of 2011. This capped a miraculous comeback not only in the game, but in the month of September. The Ray trailed Boston by 9 games in the Wild Card hunt and 7 runs in that final game, but they managed to improbably comeback and Longoria was the focal point of that comeback. He is considered the face of the franchise and the best player on the Rays.

This is a list of the Greatest Tampa Bay Rays of All Time. If you see someone who should be on this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list as you deem fit.

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Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Evan Longoria Third baseman

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David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
David Price Pitcher

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Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

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Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carl Crawford Left fielder

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James Shields is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
James Shields Pitcher

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Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

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Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Chris Archer Pitcher

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Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carlos Peña First baseman

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Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Scott Kazmir Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
B. J. Upton Center fielder

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Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Alex Cobb Pitcher

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Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Matt Moore Pitcher

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Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

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Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Desmond Jennings Left fielder

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Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Matt Garza Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Wade Boggs Third baseman

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Aubrey Huff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Aubrey Huff Designated hitter, Right fielder Outfielder

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Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Matt Joyce Outfielder

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Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Fernando Rodney Pitcher

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Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Rocco Baldelli Designated hitter, Outfielder Center fielder

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Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Álex Colomé Pitcher

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James Loney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
James Loney First baseman

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Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Jason Bartlett Shortstop

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Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time

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Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Greg Vaughn Designated hitter, Outfielder Left fielder

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Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Rafael Soriano Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Dioner Navarro Catcher

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Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Jonny Gomes Outfielder, Left fielder

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Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Jake Odorizzi Pitcher

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Julio Lugo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Julio Lugo Second baseman, Shortstop

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Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Randy Winn Right fielder, Outfielder Center fielder

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Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Akinori Iwamura Infielder, Second baseman Third baseman

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J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
J. P. Howell Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Dan Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Dan Wheeler Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Wade Davis Pitcher

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Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time

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Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Grant Balfour Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jorge Cantú is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Jorge Cantú First baseman, Second baseman Third baseman

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Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Brad Boxberger Pitcher

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Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Joel Peralta Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Joaquín Benoit Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Logan Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Logan Forsythe Second baseman

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Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Sean Rodriguez Shortstop

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Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Yunel Escobar Shortstop

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Ben Grieve is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Ben Grieve Right fielder, Outfielder Left fielder

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Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Delmon Young Right fielder, Outfielder Left fielder

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John Jaso is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
John Jaso Catcher

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Rolando Arrojo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Rolando Arrojo Pitcher

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Víctor Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time