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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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174 34
Evan Longoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Evan Longoria Third baseman

2
126 42
David Price is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
David Price Pitcher

3
125 45
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carl Crawford Left fielder

4
112 42
Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Ben Zobrist Right fielder

5
92 35
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

6
72 30
Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Carlos Peña First baseman

7
84 41
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
James Shields Pitcher

8
80 39
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
B. J. Upton Center fielder

9
72 36
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Scott Kazmir Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
58 25
Alex Cobb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Alex Cobb Pitcher

11
55 21
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Kevin Kiermaier

12
71 40
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Chris Archer Pitcher

13
46 12
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Boggs Third baseman

14
47 25
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Matt Moore Pitcher

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50 30
Matt Garza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Matt Garza Starting pitcher, Pitcher

16
51 30
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Fernando Rodney Pitcher

17
48 30
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

18
45 30
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

19
29 9
Steven Souza Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
snkhuber added Steven Souza Jr.

20
26 6
Jake Odorizzi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jake Odorizzi Pitcher

21
35 23
Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Matt Joyce Outfielder

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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25 6
Logan Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Logan Forsythe Second baseman

23
34 28
Desmond Jennings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Desmond Jennings Left fielder

24
30 19
Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
DanielHanley added Jonny Gomes Outfielder, Left fielder

25
33 29
Dioner Navarro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Dioner Navarro Catcher

26
20 8
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Wade Davis Pitcher

27
26 15
Yunel Escobar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Yunel Escobar Shortstop

28
33 30
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Rafael Soriano Relief pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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24 14
Álex Colomé is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Álex Colomé Pitcher

30
21 10
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

31
16 3
Kevin Kiermaier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
Kevin Kiermaier

32
18 9
J. P. Howell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added J. P. Howell Relief pitcher, Pitcher

33
19 10
Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Delmon Young Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

34
23 21
James Loney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added James Loney First baseman

35
33 32
Jason Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jason Bartlett Shortstop

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21 17
Julio Lugo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Julio Lugo Second baseman, Shortstop

37
16 8
Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Grant Balfour Relief pitcher, Pitcher

38
20 15
Brad Boxberger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
shockwavesam91 added Brad Boxberger Pitcher

39
27 29
Jeremy Hellickson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jeremy Hellickson Pitcher

40
28 24
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Roberto Hernández Pitcher

41
13 8
Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Dave Martinez Outfielder

42
23 18
Sean Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Sean Rodriguez Shortstop

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17 18
Greg Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
CMCSS03 added Greg Vaughn Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

44
14 10
Joaquín Benoit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joaquín Benoit Relief pitcher, Pitcher

45
31 29
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
ejlinehan added Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

46
18 16
Toby Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
muzziac added Toby Hall Catcher

47
12 9
Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Joel Peralta Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
20 18
Randy Winn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
slaft added Randy Winn Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

49
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

50
12 11
Ben Grieve is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Ben Grieve Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder