Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay

We Got A Team!

MLB awards the city a franchise – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

1995

Rebrand

The ThunderDome is renamed after team owner and businessman Vince Naimoli and a naming-rights deal is negotiated with Tropicana Products for Tropicana Field.

1996

Inaugural Season

Tampa Bay Devil Rays play their first season under the management of Larry Rothschild.

1998

A new leader

Hal McRae replaces Rothschild as the team’s manager.

2001

Changes again

Lou Pinella signs on as the team’s new manager.

2003

New owner

Stu Sternberg purchases controlling interest in the Devil Rays from Vince Naimoli.

2005

In steps Joe

Joe Maddon takes on the role of manager for the team with the lowest payroll in the MLB at just $44 million. The Devil Rays spend $10 million on improvements to The Trop.

2006

Name change

Sternberg changes the team's name from "Devil Rays" to "Rays."

2007

The Fall Classic

The Rays lose World Series to Philadelphia Phillies.

2008

AL East

Rays win the AL East Division title.

2010

Wild Card

The rays make a second consecutive playoff appearance, clinching the AL Wild Card spot.

2011

Upgrades

Rays announce upgrades to The Trop, in hopes of bolstering their attendance, which is the lowest in the MLB.

2013

The torch is passed

Joe Maddon ends his nine-year run as the Rays’ manager. Former Devil Rays catcher Kevin Cash succeeds Maddon, becoming the youngest manager in the MLB at 37 years old.

2014

Looking around

Rays announce that new stadium sites were being explored in Ybor. By the end of the year, that plan fell through.

2018

Split season?

The MLB gives the Rays permission to explore splitting the season between Tampa Bay and Montreal.

2019

One more step

The Rays win the AL East Division title and are only one win away from playing in the World Series.

2020

Rays win game 2

The Rays win game 2 in the World Series behind the bat of Brandon Lowe.

2020

Sources: WFLA reports, AP Photos