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Statements on the passing of Vincent J. Naimoli 

August 26, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The original owner and CEO of the Tampa Bay Rays, Vincent J. Naimoli, passed away last night at the age of 81. Statement from the Tampa Bay Rays: “The Tampa Bay Rays are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former owner and CEO, Vince

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The original owner and CEO of the Tampa Bay Rays, Vincent J. Naimoli, passed away last night at the age of 81.

Statement from the Tampa Bay Rays:

“The Tampa Bay Rays are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former owner and CEO, Vince Naimoli. Vince was unyielding in his pursuit of a Major League Baseball franchise for Tampa Bay, and his success in landing the then Devil Rays changed the region’s sports landscape forever. In addition to his distinguished business and baseball careers, his family’s philanthropic efforts in the community will be felt for generations. We are grateful for his leadership and wish his family peace during this difficult time.”

Statement from Rays Principal Owner Stu Sternberg:

“Vince Naimoli was instrumental in bringing baseball to Tampa Bay. I am forever grateful that he entrusted me with the franchise in 2005. It was my pleasure to have worked with Vince and to have been his partner.”

Statement from his wife, Lenda Naimoli:

“Our Vince passed away peacefully the evening of August 25, 2019. He was surrounded by family and friends during his last days. We thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support for Vince. We ask for respect of our privacy during this time. Arrangement details will be communicated as they become available.”

The Rays plan to wear a jersey patch for the remainder of the 2019 season to honor Naimoli. Details are forthcoming regarding a pregame recognition at the Rays next home game at Tropicana Field, on Friday night vs. the Cleveland Indians.

Photos are available upon request.