The Manta Rays are plentiful in the Gulf coast area.
Before the 2008 season.
They were Originally known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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.
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Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays first year in the American League was 1998. In 2008 the name was changed to Rays.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays played their first game on March 31, 1998. They changed their name to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
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.
Actually they play in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ironically, their name is the Tampa Bay Rays
That is the original name.
The Devil Rays became the Rays starting in the 2008 season.
Joe Maddon is their Manager.
Tampa Bay Rays
A 'devil ray' is a type of fish that is found in the Tampa Bay area.
The Devil Rays are 12 years old being the youngest, newly formed team in the MLB. They were established in 1998 and in 2007 the name was changed to the Rays.
Tropicana Field which is named after a brand of orange juice, Tropicana
Tampa is the name of the primary municipality in Hillsborough County. Tampa Bay is the name of the body of water that separates the City of Tampa from Clearwater and St Petersburg FL. Tampa Bay is also a reference to the Tampa Bay Area which includes the afore mentioned cities and the surrounding suburbs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are located in Tampa, and the Tampa Bay Rays are in St Pete, but all share the name and common geography.
The Tampa Bay Rays manager's full name is Joseph John Maddon. He should not be confused with Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden, whose real last name is Combs.Maddoni
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.
Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League.
The Arizona State Sun Devils got their name from students wanting the mascot name change in 1946 . Arizona teamed up with Walt Disney and created Sparky the Sun Devil as the new mascot.