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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
Evan Longoria Third baseman

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140 46
David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
David Price Pitcher

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130 44
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

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136 51
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carl Crawford Left fielder

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99 42
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
James Shields Pitcher

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81 32
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carlos Peña First baseman

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99 40
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

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82 37
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Scott Kazmir Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
B. J. Upton Center fielder

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Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Boggs Third baseman

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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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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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Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Alex Cobb Pitcher

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Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Matt Garza Starting pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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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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Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Fernando Rodney Pitcher

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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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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

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Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jake Odorizzi Pitcher

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

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

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25 8
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Davis Pitcher

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35 20
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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Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Álex Colomé Pitcher

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

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Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Yunel Escobar Shortstop

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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

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24 11
Jorge Cantú is listed (or ranked) 30 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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18 3
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

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Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Dioner Navarro Catcher

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Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jason Bartlett Shortstop

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20 11
Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Delmon Young Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

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19 9
Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Grant Balfour Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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18 10
J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added J. P. Howell Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jeremy Hellickson Pitcher

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Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Brad Boxberger Pitcher

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Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Sean Rodriguez Shortstop

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

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29 24
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Roberto Hernández Pitcher

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18 18
Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Greg Vaughn Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Toby Hall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Toby Hall Catcher

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Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Randy Winn Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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

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15 10
Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joaquín Benoit Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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13 8
Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Dave Martinez Outfielder

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33 31
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

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12 8
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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10 7
Kyle Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Kyle Farnsworth Pitcher