They are member of the Eastern Division of the MLB’s American League. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are Major League Baseball franchise that is having their base in St. Petersburg, Florida. The franchise was awarded in 1995 to former assistant general manager of Atlanta Braves, he is Chuck Lamar. In the season of 1996, the first minor league game of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was played. The team’s first manager was Larry Rothschild and it was on November 7, 1997 that he took over. In addition, on the first expansion draft that they have happened on November 18, 1997, they were able to acquire 35 players. Moreover, the first player who was drafted by the team was Tony Saunders. The first game of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was played against the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 1998 and that was at the Tropicana Field. Until now, the ballpark of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays is at the Tropicana Field.
Established in St. Petersburg, Florida, Tampa Bay Devil Rays are one of the most promising youngest franchised teams in the Major League Baseball.
The team was organized in the year 1995 with Chuck Lamar, Atlanta Braves’ former assistant general manager, who was picked to stand as the team’s senior vice president in the Baseball Operations department. Moreover, Larry Rothschild was chosen as the first ever manager of the Devil Rays. The Devil Rays’ mascot was called Raymond which has a jersey number of 00 in its Tampa Bay Devil Rays costume. It stands six foot and six inches tall with an appearance of a seadog.
Among the several outstanding players of the team were Jackie Robinson with a jersey number of 42 and Wade Boggs, a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, with a jersey number of 12. During the 2007 season, the team’s name was changed into “Tampa Bay Rays” with the word Devil given up. Many of their fans then began calling them Rays, which is shortcut for their title. The team has been a favorite of many popular personalities including Hulk Hogan and Brian Knobbs, both professional wrestlers, Rob Szasz, who was known as the “Happy Heckler”, and Dick Vitale, who was a famous basketball broadcaster in the college league.
Avail of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ cool stuff like Wade Boggs’ autographed Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3, 000 hit 16x20 photo, Bill Mueller signed dive versus Tampa Bay photo, and the visitors’ dugout logo from 2005 season. The teams’ name is often mistaken as Tamppa Bay Devil Rays, Tamp Bay Devil Rays, Tampa Baye Devil Rays, Tampa Ray Devil Bays, Tammpa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Rayes.