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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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214 41
Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Evan Longoria Third baseman

2
150 53
David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
David Price Pitcher

3
150 53
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carl Crawford Left fielder

4
142 51
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

5
90 36
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carlos Peña First baseman

6
106 47
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
James Shields Pitcher

7
110 44
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

8
68 15
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Boggs Third baseman

9
88 42
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Scott Kazmir Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
93 50
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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86 46
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Chris Archer Pitcher

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64 26
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kevin Kiermaier

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63 33
Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Matt Garza Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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63 32
Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Alex Cobb Pitcher

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55 30
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Matt Moore Pitcher

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56 33
Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
blueline3 added Rocco Baldelli Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

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59 34
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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62 36
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Fernando Rodney Pitcher

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45 29
Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Matt Joyce Outfielder

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31 10
Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jake Odorizzi Pitcher

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35 15
Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
snkhuber added Steven Souza Jr.

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29 10
Logan Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Logan Forsythe Second baseman

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24 4
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

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38 32
Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Desmond Jennings Left fielder

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37 22
Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
DanielHanley added Jonny Gomes Outfielder, Left fielder

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38 33
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Rafael Soriano Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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25 11
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Davis Pitcher

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28 24
James Loney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added James Loney First baseman

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37 34
Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jason Bartlett Shortstop

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29 18
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Álex Colomé Pitcher

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29 18
Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Yunel Escobar Shortstop

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26 14
Jorge Cantú is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jorge Cantú First baseman, Second baseman, Third baseman

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36 34
Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Dioner Navarro Catcher

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28 18
Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Sean Rodriguez Shortstop

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30 31
Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jeremy Hellickson Pitcher

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20 11
Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Akinori Iwamura Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

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31 25
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Roberto Hernández Pitcher

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19 12
J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added J. P. Howell Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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15 8
Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Dave Martinez Outfielder

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23 18
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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19 11
Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Grant Balfour Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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20 14
Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Delmon Young Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

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23 21
Julio Lugo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Julio Lugo Second baseman, Shortstop

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15 10
Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joel Peralta Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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16 11
Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joaquín Benoit Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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21 18
Toby Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Toby Hall Catcher

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24 20
Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 47 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 20
Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Greg Vaughn Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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35 33
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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12 8
Rolando Arrojo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Rolando Arrojo Pitcher