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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
229 43
Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Third baseman

2
159 56
David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Pitcher

3
151 53
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Right fielder

4
156 58
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Left fielder

5
117 47
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
First baseman

6
111 50
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Pitcher

7
95 41
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
First baseman

8
74 20
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Third baseman

9
91 46
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
97 52
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Center fielder

11
92 48
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

12
66 34
Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
67 28
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kevin Kiermaier

14
64 35
Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

15
59 34
Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
blueline3 added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

16
61 35
Aubrey Huff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

17
56 34
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Pitcher

18
64 38
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

19
46 31
Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Outfielder

20
33 13
Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

21
30 12
Logan Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Second baseman

22
39 34
Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Left fielder

23
35 18
Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
snkhuber added

24
25 6
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

25
30 25
James Loney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added First baseman

26
37 24
Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
DanielHanley added Outfielder, Left fielder

27
38 35
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 35
Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Shortstop

29
30 19
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

30
30 19
Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Shortstop

31
37 35
Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Catcher

32
25 13
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

33
27 16
Jorge Cantú is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added First baseman, Second baseman, Third baseman

34
17 8
Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Outfielder

35
29 20
Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Shortstop

36
31 32
Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

37
32 26
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher

38
21 12
Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

39
22 15
Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

40
24 22
Julio Lugo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Second baseman, Shortstop

41
23 19
Toby Hall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Catcher

42
20 13
Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

43
19 14
J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

44
23 20
Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Pitcher

45
25 21
Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

46
19 22
Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

47
15 12
Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
16 13
Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
35 35
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

50
13 9
Rolando Arrojo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher