Tampa Bay Rays Team History
Prior to the 2008 season the team unveiled new uniforms along with a name change. After considering other options such as the “Aces,” “Bandits,” “Cannons,” “Dukes,” “Stripes,” and Stuart Sternberg’s personal favorite, the “Nine,” the team’s new name was officially announced to be the “Tampa Bay Rays.” The new team colors were “navy, Columbia blue and a touch of gold” and a new team logo featured a bright yellow sunburst symbolizing the Sunshine State of Florida. Following a front office promise to increase the team’s payroll, it was raised to $43 million.
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 of the American League (AL) East division. Since its inception, the team’s home venue has been Tropicana Field.
2000 – Present Major League Baseball
1998 – 1999 American League
Rays – On November 8, 2007, the club announced that they were dropping the “Devil” part in order to identify themselves primarily with the rays of the sun, Florida being the Sunshine State.
2008 – Present Tampa Bay Rays
1998 – 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
World Series 0
1998 – Present Tropicana Field
2005 – Present Stuart Sternberg
1998 – 2005 Vince Naimoli
12 Wade Boggs
42 Jackie Robinson
66 Don Zimmer
2013 – Present DJ Kitty
1998 – Present Raymond
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