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The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time  

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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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Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Third baseman
2
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Right fielder
3
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Left fielder
4
David Price is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Pitcher
5
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Pitcher
6
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
First baseman
7
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
First baseman
8
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Third baseman
9
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added
10
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
11
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Center fielder
12
Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
13
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
14
Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
blueline3 added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder
15
Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher
16
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Pitcher
17
Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Outfielder
18
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Pitcher
19
Aubrey Huff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
20
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier
21
Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher
22
Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
snkhuber added
23
Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Left fielder
24
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher
25
James Loney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added First baseman