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New catcher Hanigan brings winning attitude

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Ryan Hanigan is happy to be with the Rays, based in large part to the team's winning ways in recent years. Tampa Bay has posted six consecutive winning seasons and advanced to the playoffs in four of those seasons.

Hanigan's hunger for winning isn't something new, though. The Rays' new catcher got a pretty good taste of being in the win column while with the Reds, who have recorded 90-plus wins in three of the last four seasons.

"That's something I was proud of to be a part of," Hanigan said. "I feel like once that 2010 season hit, we took it to a different level as a team. Making the playoffs then two out of the next three years, we had a chance to do the same thing. We had a chance to win some games and establish a winning mentality and tradition over there, at least the last five years. This team's got a lot of that, and even a longer streak in regards to having that kind of organization."

Hanigan believes that winning is a habit.

"Learning how to win and how you're going to play together as a team is important," Hanigan said. "Just having that mentality as an organization from the guys that have been here, they really filter that expect-to-win type of attitude. And that can take you a long way -- the confidence that you expect to get it done and when you don't get it done, you aren't happy. You aren't satisfied."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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