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The Tampa Bay Rays team was created in 2008 (the year they won the pennant), however the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have been around since March 31, 1998. They have played at Tropicana Field in Saint Petersburg, Florida since the creation of the Devil Rays.

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The Devil Rays began to build their organization shortly after the franchise was awarded in 1995 by naming former Braves assistant GM Chuck LaMar the senior vice president of Baseball operations and GM. The franchise's first minor league games took place in the 1996 season. On November 7, 1997, Larry Rothschild was named the team's first manager. The team acquired 35 players in the Expansion Draft on November 18, 1997. Tony Saunders from the Marlins was the first player drafted by the Devil Rays. Their first game was played on March 31, 1998 against the Tigers in front of 45,369 fans. Wade Boggs would hit the teams first franchise home run in the 11-6 loss.

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The Devil Rays first season in the American League was 1998.

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The Tampa Bay Rays were established in 1998.

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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays entered Major League Baseball after the 1997 season.

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1998 was the year they started playing.

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Since 1998.

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