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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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155 30
Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Evan Longoria Third baseman

2
113 36
David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
David Price Pitcher

3
115 39
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carl Crawford Left fielder

4
105 38
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

5
79 35
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
James Shields Pitcher

6
82 33
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

7
65 27
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carlos Peña First baseman

8
71 36
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
B. J. Upton Center fielder

9
67 34
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Scott Kazmir Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
54 22
Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Alex Cobb Pitcher

11
65 35
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Chris Archer Pitcher

12
48 18
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kevin Kiermaier

13
42 22
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Matt Moore Pitcher

14
38 12
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Boggs Third baseman

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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45 29
Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Matt Garza Starting pitcher, Pitcher

16
47 28
Aubrey Huff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Aubrey Huff Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

17
45 29
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Fernando Rodney Pitcher

18
42 29
Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
blueline3 added Rocco Baldelli Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

19
24 8
Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
snkhuber added Steven Souza Jr.

20
31 22
Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Matt Joyce Outfielder

21
21 6
Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jake Odorizzi Pitcher

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21 6
Logan Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Logan Forsythe Second baseman

23
31 26
Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Desmond Jennings Left fielder

24
31 26
Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Dioner Navarro Catcher

25
19 8
Jorge Cantú is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jorge Cantú First baseman, Second baseman, Third baseman

26
26 17
Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
DanielHanley added Jonny Gomes Outfielder, Left fielder

27
21 13
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Álex Colomé Pitcher

28
30 30
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Rafael Soriano Relief pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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30 30
Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jason Bartlett Shortstop

30
26 26
Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jeremy Hellickson Pitcher

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15 8
J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added J. P. Howell Relief pitcher, Pitcher

32
20 16
Julio Lugo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Julio Lugo Second baseman, Shortstop

33
17 10
Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Delmon Young Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

34
14 6
Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Grant Balfour Relief pitcher, Pitcher

35
20 20
James Loney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added James Loney First baseman

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21 14
Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Yunel Escobar Shortstop

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15 7
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Davis Pitcher

38
27 23
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Roberto Hernández Pitcher

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16 16
Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Greg Vaughn Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

40
17 14
Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Brad Boxberger Pitcher

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20 16
Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Randy Winn Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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18 15
Toby Hall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Toby Hall Catcher

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12 8
Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joel Peralta Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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13 9
Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joaquín Benoit Relief pitcher, Pitcher

45
11 7
Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Dave Martinez Outfielder

46
10 3
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

47
12 9
Ben Grieve is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Ben Grieve Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

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28 28
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

49
12 10
John Jaso is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added John Jaso Catcher

50
19 18
Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Sean Rodriguez Shortstop