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The top Rays Draft pick from every season

@adamdberry
July 14, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have run the gamut with their first overall Draft picks over the years, selecting everyone from franchise players and pitchers to prospects who never made it out of Class A.

Most anticipated Rays big league debuts

@adamdberry
June 21, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- Every player’s Major League debut is special. Only some can be considered events. The Rays have had their share of those highly anticipated debuts throughout the history of their franchise. They’ve already witnessed a few this season, in fact, from Brent Honeywell Jr.’s long-awaited first start to

Top 5 debut seasons in Rays history

@adamdberry
June 21, 2021

Last October, Randy Arozarena reminded Rays fans just how exciting it can be to watch a new player shine. The rookie outfielder tore it up in September and dominated in October, setting records with each home run he hit in his introduction to both a local and national audience. That's

Where's Franco fall in youngest Rays debuts?

@adamdberry
June 21, 2021

On March 1, Wander Franco turned 20 years old. He’ll make his big league debut on Tuesday at the ripe old age of 20 years and 113 days. Just to put his age in perspective, consider this: Franco wears a No. 5 uniform to honor Albert Pujols, an all-time great

Rays no-hitter history

@adamdberry
May 1, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- When Matt Garza took the mound at Tropicana Field on July 26, 2010, the Rays had been on the wrong end of no-hit history four times in the previous eight years. About two years later, Félix Hernández threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League history against

Here are Rays' top 5 Opening Day moments

@adamdberry
April 1, 2021

The Rays entered 2021 having lost 12 of their 23 Opening Day games. But when they’ve won the first game of the season, they’ve pretty much always put on a show. Three of their 11 Opening Day victories were walk-off wins. One involved a local product hitting a go-ahead triple

These are the best seasons in Rays history

@adamdberry
February 22, 2021

Before looking forward to the start of the Rays’ 24th season, we looked back to rank the club’s top five seasons by winning percentage. With one tie, we fittingly enough managed to stretch out the list to include each of the franchise’s six postseason appearances. And as you’ll see, this

The Rays' 5 best homegrown Draft picks

@adamdberry
February 12, 2021

The Rays are known for building successful rosters through savvy trades and shrewd, under-the-radar pickups. They’ve done well acquiring international prospects lately. But to win on a consistent basis, ultimately, they must draft and develop their own stars. That’s reflected any time you look at a list of their greatest

Every Tampa-area native to play for the Rays

@adamdberry
February 4, 2021

After his unbelievable walk-off moment in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, outfielder Brett Phillips explained why his part in the improbable victory was even more extraordinary than it already seemed. "To know the backstory is to know the story," Phillips said then. "When these guys were in the

Here are the top 5 moments in Trop history

@adamdberry
January 25, 2021

Game 7 in 2008 or Game 162 in 2011? You don’t need to read much more than those four-word descriptions before the memories start flooding back. The first was Game 7 of the 2008 American League Championship Series, the unforgettable moment the Rays reached the World Series for the first

These are the longest homers in Trop history

@adamdberry
January 21, 2021

You know about the most famous home runs hit at Tropicana Field. Wade Boggs’ 3,000th hit. Dan Johnson. Evan Longoria. If you’re reading this, that’s all familiar territory. But how about some of the longest home runs hit inside St. Petersburg’s domed ballpark? Here’s a look at the longest home

Top 5 pitching performances in Rays history

@juanctoribio
January 18, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- It's no secret that the Rays have been built on elite pitching for much of their first two-plus decades. The organizational philosophy is to prioritize run prevention, and there’s a great emphasis on helping pitchers develop in the Minors. Because of that, the Rays have had their

The 5 best games by hitters in Rays history

@juanctoribio
January 11, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- For most of their first two-plus decades, the Rays have been built on pitching. When Tampa Bay has a competitive team on the field, it’s usually led by a stellar pitching staff. But throughout the years, the Rays have found enough offense to complement their strong pitching

Best all-time Rays seasons at each position

@juanctoribio
January 4, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG -- As an organization, the Rays have been one of the most successful franchises over the past 12 years. Tampa Bay has two American League pennants, including one in 2020. Since the Rays' first season in 1998, the franchise has had many talented players and numerous superb single-season

Best Rays of all time, by jersey number

@juanctoribio
December 29, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have only been around since 1998, but with all the roster transactions that the front office makes, there’s been a good amount of players that have played in the organization. Because of the high number of players, there has been a lot of different jersey

Here's the history of the Rays' team name

@juanctoribio
December 21, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- Coming up with a name for an expansion team is no easy task. The owner of the team eventually has the final say, but a lot of pressure comes from that decision. There’s pressure from the fan base to get it right, and there’s pressure from the

The 5 best seasons from Rays on the mound

@juanctoribio
December 14, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- While the Rays have had some good offensive players over the last two-plus decades, the organization has made it very clear that they’re built around stellar pitching, and it has showed season after season. Over the last decade, it’s difficult to find an organization that has consistently

Every Rule 5 Draft pick in Rays history

@juanctoribio
December 12, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- Though this year’s Rule 5 Draft was held virtually, the Rays had an eventful day on Thursday, losing right-hander Paul Campbell to the Marlins in the Major League portion and selecting numerous players in the Minor League portion of the Draft. The Rays decided to skip their

Rays' top 5 Winter Meetings transactions

@juanctoribio
December 7, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- In almost every way, 2020 has been a year of adjusting to the circumstances. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings will be held virtually this offseason. Instead of heading to Dallas this week, the majority of the baseball world will be

5 best seasons by a Rays position player

@juanctoribio
November 30, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- After starting the franchise with 10 consecutive losing seasons from 1998-2008, the Rays have enjoyed one of the most successful stretches across baseball, including two World Series appearances. During those successful seasons, the Rays had plenty of strong single-season performances by the best players in franchise history.

5 best Rays who aren't in the Hall of Fame

@juanctoribio
November 16, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- In their short history, the Rays haven't had many Hall of Famers play with the organization, with Wade Boggs being the most notable player to wear a Devil Rays jersey. However, the Rays have had a lot of very good players, though some of them have suited

Rays' top general manager: Toribio's take

@juanctoribio
June 22, 2020

Over the last two months, MLB.com has been breaking down the top five players at each position in Rays history. Some of the decisions were pretty clear -- hi, Evan Longoria -- while others created a good amount of debate on Twitter. Last week, Joe Maddon was the clear choice

Rays' top manager: Toribio's take

@juanctoribio
June 15, 2020

Over the last two months, MLB.com has been breaking down the top five players at each position in Rays history. Some of the decisions were pretty clear -- hi, Evan Longoria -- while others created a good amount of debate on Twitter. But after breaking down what the all-time Rays

Rays' Top 5 relievers: Toribio's take

@juanctoribio
June 8, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Rays' Top 5 left-handed starters: Toribio's take

@juanctoribio
June 1, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun