The Tampa Bay Rays, based out of St. Petersburg, Florida, compete in the American League East Division of Major League Baseball. Following nearly three decades of unsuccessfully trying to gain an expansion franchise to Tampa Bay area, an ownership group led by Vince Naimoli did so in 1995. The Rays made their Major League debut in 1998, calling Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg their home.
In the team's first decade of play, Tampa Bay was a perennial loser, finishing last in their division nearly every year. In 2007, Stuart Sternberg, who purchased controlling interested from Vince Naimoli two years earlier, dropped the “Devil” from the team's name, making it simply “Rays” to represent them as a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida. Their rainbow color scheme was changed to navy blue, Columbia blue and gold. The revamped brand image of the ball club seemed to be paying off, as the Rays had their first winning season in 2008 and won the American League East championship for the first time ever. They defeated the Boston Red Sox and went onto the World Series, where they eventually lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. Since then, they've won their second AL East championship in 2010 and have qualified for the MLB Post-Season twice more by winning the wild card in 2011 and 2013. Tampa Bay has been home to a number of all-star caliber Major Leaguers, headlined by baseball heroes like Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff, Evan Longoria, and David Price.
Despite being relatively new to Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays have been a franchise on the rise with a number of talented players. Be sure to take a look at the entirety of our Tampa Bay Rays memorabilia selection that is home to incredible items that will add tremendous value to your collection. Take advantage of the opportunity to take home a piece of baseball history with you today, like a Ben Zobrist signed baseball or Wade Boggs signed bat.
- World Series Wins: None
- Pennant Wins: 2008
- Retired Numbers: Wade Boggs (12)
- Current Stars: Evan Longoria, Chris Archer