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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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1
224 43
Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Third baseman

2
156 54
David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Pitcher

3
153 57
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Left fielder

4
145 53
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Right fielder

5
108 49
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Pitcher

6
113 46
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
First baseman

7
92 39
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
First baseman

8
70 18
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Third baseman

9
88 45
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
95 51
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Center fielder

11
88 47
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

12
64 33
Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
65 27
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kevin Kiermaier

14
63 33
Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

15
55 31
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Pitcher

16
57 33
Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
blueline3 added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

17
59 35
Aubrey Huff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

18
62 37
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

19
46 29
Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Outfielder

20
32 10
Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

21
35 16
Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
snkhuber added

22
29 11
Logan Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Second baseman

23
38 33
Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Left fielder

24
24 6
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

25
37 23
Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
DanielHanley added Outfielder, Left fielder

26
29 24
James Loney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added First baseman

27
38 34
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
38 34
Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Shortstop

29
30 18
Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Shortstop

30
25 12
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

31
29 19
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

32
26 15
Jorge Cantú is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added First baseman, Second baseman, Third baseman

33
36 35
Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Catcher

34
28 19
Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Shortstop

35
16 8
Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Outfielder

36
30 32
Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

37
21 14
Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

38
31 26
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

39
20 12
Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

40
20 12
Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

41
19 13
J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

42
23 19
Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Pitcher

43
23 22
Julio Lugo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Second baseman, Shortstop

44
22 19
Toby Hall is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Catcher

45
15 11
Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

46
16 12
Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

47
24 21
Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

48
35 34
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

49
18 21
Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

50
14 10
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher