Originally written on Diamond Hoggers  |  Last updated 5/31/12
In 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays were the surprise team of the year. Having finished the 2007 season with the worst record in Major League Baseball little was expected of them in 2008. However, during the off-season, the Rays made some changes. Most profoundly they changed their name from the Devil Rays to the Rays. They also changed their uniforms, which can now be found on online stores such as HomeRunMonkey, added some key free agents, and added one great prospect to their roster. Very few fans or baseball insiders predicted much success that season but the team surprised everyone by winning the American League Eastern Division and the American League pennant. Although the Rays won the AL East again in 2010 and made the playoffs in 2011 they have not made it back to the World Series since 2008. Can the 2012 team make it back? The pitching staff is the strongest part of the 2012 team, just as it was in 2008. Led by ace James Shields, who was an important part of the staff in 2008, the ...
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