Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays
2021 Tampa Bay Rays season
Established in 1998
Tampa Bay Rays.svgTampa Bay Rays cap logo.svg
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations

Current uniform
Retired numbers
  • Navy blue, light blue, yellow, white[1][2][3]
  • Tampa Bay Rays (2008–present)
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays (19982007)
Major league titles
World Series titles (0)None
AL Pennants (2)
East Division titles (4)
Wild card berths (3)
Front office
Principal owner(s)Stuart Sternberg
PresidentBrian Auld
Matt Silverman
General managerErik Neander
ManagerKevin Cash

The Tampa Bay Rays are an American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. Since its inception, the team's home venue has been Tropicana Field.

Following nearly three decades of unsuccessfully trying to gain an expansion franchise or enticing existing teams to relocate to the Tampa Bay area, an ownership group led by Vince Naimoli was approved on March 9, 1995. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays began play in the 1998 Major League Baseball season.

Their first decade of play, however, was marked by futility; they finished in last place in the AL East in all but the 2004 season, when they finished second to last.[4] Following the 2007 season, Stuart Sternberg, who had purchased controlling interest in the team from Vince Naimoli two years earlier,[5] changed the team's name from "Devil Rays" to "Rays", now meant to primarily refer to a burst of sunshine rather than a manta ray,[1] though a manta ray logo remains on the uniform sleeves. The 2008 season saw the Tampa Bay Rays post their first winning season, their first AL East championship, and their first American League Pennant (defeating the rival Boston Red Sox in the ALCS), though they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in that year's World Series. Since then, the Rays have played in the postseason five more times, winning the American League pennant again in 2020 and losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in that year's World Series.

The Tampa Bay Rays' chief rivals are the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Regarding the former, there have been several notable on-field incidents.[6] The Rays also have an intrastate interleague rivalry with the National League (NL)'s Miami Marlins (originally the Florida Marlins), whom they play in the Citrus Series.

Through 2021, the Rays' all-time record is 1,826–1,958 (.483).[7]

  1. ^ a b "Time to shine: Rays introduce new name, new icon, new team colors and new uniforms". RaysBaseball.com (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. November 8, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Chastain, Bill (February 7, 2018). "Rays set to celebrate 20th anniversary in '18". RaysBaseball.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved February 8, 2018. Prominent among those items was the 20th anniversary logo that will appear on the left sleeve of all Rays 2018 regular-season jerseys and caps. The home-plate shaped patch features the number 20, a sunburst and a variation of the original fish – all in the Rays' modern colors.
  3. ^ "Rays All-Time Uniforms and Logos". RaysBaseball.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "Devil Rays' ownership transfer approved". ESPN. Associated Press. November 17, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Reuter, Joel (June 11, 2013). "Is Red Sox-Rays the Most Underrated Heated Rivalry in Baseball?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2020.

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