The Tampa Bay Rays are one of the youngest franchises in Major League Baseball, having been founded in 1998. They were originally the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but shortened it to just 'Rays' in 2008 to solidify their identity. The organization resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and they have played their home games at Tropicana Field since their inception. Their lone Hall of Famer is third basemen Wade Boggs, who spent the 1998-1999 seasons with the franchise.
The Rays constantly build their team through the minor league system and have produced outstanding rosters. Top players starting out in the Rays farm system include all stars Evan Longoria, David Price, BJ Upton, and Carl Crawford. The Rays have won the American League East division twice in 2008 and 2010, and in 2008 they won the American League Pennant and made it to their first World Series in team history, where they lost to the Phillies in 5 games. They have built rivalries with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, as well as interstate rival the Miami Marlins, which is known as the 'Citrus Series.'
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