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Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays
MLB
Established1998
Major league affiliations
American League (1998 - present)
East Division (1998 - present)
Retired numbers12, 42
ColorsNavy, Columbia Blue, White, Gold        
Tampa Bay Rays (2008 - present)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998 2007)
Other nicknamesD-Rays (1998-2007)
Ballpark
Tropicana Field (1998 - present)
Major league titles
AL Pennants2008 ((1))
East Division titles2008, 2010 ((2))
Wild card berths2011 ((1))
OwnerStuart Sternberg
ManagerJoe Maddon

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The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of MLB's American League. Since their inception in 1998, the club has played at Tropicana Field and has finished out of last place only four times. Their first season with a winning record was 2008, when they won their first division title and proceeded to win the pennant.

In November 2007, majority owner Stuart Sternberg made significant changes to his franchise's image, changing the club's name from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the "Tampa Bay Rays", which he described as "a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida." The teams' primary colors, formerly black, green, and blue, were changed to navy blue, Columbia blue, and gold, and the team's symbol was changed from a devil ray to a ray of sunlight. The devil ray symbol, however, is still used on the sleeve of their jerseys, and there is still a tank of cownose rays in the outfield.


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