Rather than trying to earn the Stingrays name, the team decided to go in a different direction and join the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Although the “devil” part of the name is due to the rays found in the Tampa Bay area, some people had trouble with the word in the team’s name.
The Rays began playing in 1998 and were known as the Devil Rays through the end of the 2007 season. In the years before the advent of the rays, the Tampa-St. Petersburg has often been suggested as a relocation location for many ailing major league baseball teams.
After the 2007 season, Stuart Sternberg, who two years earlier had acquired a majority stake in the team from Vince Naimoli, changed the team’s name from “Devil Rays” to “Rays”, which is now primarily for a more a ray of sunshine than a manta ray, although a manta ray logo remains on the uniform sleeves.
Stinger, the embodiment of “the local stingray in high spirits,” has been an official Rays mascot since 2014. The team’s two most famous mascots are Raymond, a furry blue sea dog, and DJ Kitty, a cat who’s obviously a DJ. It’s Stinger, who is officially a cownose ray.
Some small changes to the Tampa Bay Rays’ overall look heading into 2019 include a new main logo, a new jersey patch, and the return of a ’90s jersey treasure. Starting with the primary logo, the Tampa Bay Rays have joined the chorus of primary logo tweakers for the 2019 major league season.
1998-2003: Early Years as Devil Rays
The Devil Rays played their first game on March 31, 1998 against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field in front of a crowd of 45,369.
Major League Baseball scrapped the plan to split the Rays’ home games between Tampa Bay and Montreal. Stu Sternberg, the team’s principal owner, said the decision didn’t cause him to sell or relocate the team, but he didn’t rule out a move after the Rays’ lease at Tropicana Field in 2027 expired.
In partnership with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), MLB and all clubs will raise awareness of the fight against childhood cancer by having all major league players, coaches, umpires and ground crew members wear gold Band Stickers and Bracelets.
The Rays don’t have a long history like some of the other clubs on this list, although they twice reached the World Series. They won their first AL pennant in 2008 before bowing out to the Phillies in a five-game World Series.
The New York Yankees hold the most World Series titles, 27, while the St. Louis Cardinals are second with 11.
Thunderbug is the mascot of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’s black and yellow and wears a number 00 jersey. He usually walks around the stands handing out t-shirts to fans.
Although the mascot’s name is somewhat ambiguous, Lou Seal is actually “officially” male (and the person in the costume is a male). In 2008, Forbes named Lou Seal the best mascot in sports.
This is an alphabetical list of current and former Major League Baseball mascots. The Major League Baseball mascot tradition began with Mr. Met, introduced for the New York Mets when Shea Stadium opened in 1964.
The combination of navy blue and light blue symbolizes the ocean, while the yellow represents the golden rays of the sun. White is used as a complementary color and provides additional contrast. What is Tampa Bay Rays? Tampa Bay Rays is the name of the Florida baseball club founded in 1998.
Rather than trying to earn the Stingrays name, the team leadership decided to go in a different direction, namely the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Although the “Devil” part of the name is due to the rays found in the Tampa Bay area, some people had trouble with the word in the team’s name.
On February 25, 2018, Dave Magley announced that Tampa, Florida, has been approved as a basketball franchise for the upcoming 2019 season. On July 8, 2018, the team was announced as the Tampa Bay Titans. Bassel Harfouch, the team’s owner, became the first player owner in a professional league.
The giant devil ray lives in temperate and tropical waters in all oceans, but is also commonly found in the Mediterranean.
The Tampa Bay Rays have never won a World Series. The closest they came to winning a championship was in 2008 and 2020 when they lost the World Series.
The Seattle Mariners are the only current MLB franchise not to have appeared in a World Series; the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Milwaukee Brewers have all competed in the series but never won it.
The Rays plan to build a new stadium when their lease with the City of St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field expires in 2027. The team has locations in Ybor City and in St. Petersburg, either at their current location or on the city’s waterfront.