After ten terrible seasons, the Devil Rays' management decided to shake up their image. Before the 2008 season they changed their logo, name, and team colors. They considered completely different names such as the Wave and the Thunder but decided for a softer break from the past, keeping the name that had been used as a short form of their name, while changing the focus and interpretation from scary looking fish with satanic name to something connoting sunshine and light.
In their first season with their new name, the Rays won the American League pennant. However the new name, and even the team's new success, did not bring significant numbers of extra fans to the game, as the two Florida teams remain among the least supported teams in Major League Baseball.
The Devil Ray is a fish that inhabits the waters around Tampa Bay and is known for its ferocity.
The press thought it was a bad image to have "DEVIL" in their name! The press runs the country you know! They even got their guy elected president!
The Devil Rays became the Rays starting in the 2008 season.
That is the original name.
It is their name because every team has to have a name. It was shortened to The Rays from the Devil Rays because the Devil Rays really were not at all winning games.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays first year in the American League was 1998. In 2008 the name was changed to Rays.
A 'devil ray' is a type of fish that is found in the Tampa Bay area.
The Manta Rays are plentiful in the Gulf coast area.
According to an article on forbes.com, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are valued at $267 million as of April, 2007.
Tampa Bay Rays
Actually they play in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ironically, their name is the Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays
Joe Maddon is their Manager.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays changed their name to the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2008 baseball season. The franchise entered the American League in 1998. The 2008 season is the franchise's 11th.