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Tampa Bay's Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Who among the young franchise's players deserve this special honor?
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<p> The Tampa Bay franchise hasn't been around that long, but there are four individuals who have distinguished themselves enough to be honored on Mt. Rushmore.</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

Best Picks from 50 Years of the MLB Draft

Who are the best draft selections at each spot?
Who is the best player drafted No. 1 overall? Griffey? A-Rod? Chipper? What about the best player selected No. 10 overall? The best at each spot are all here from No. 1 through 40.

With the MLB Draft this week, it’s fun to look back at the some of the best picks over the past 50 years of the draft. Here’s the best selection at each of the first 40 positions in the draft.

 

1 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle, 1987

Certainly there are numerous No. 1 overall selections worthy of being named the best. But I’ll take Griffey over Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez and David Price.

Best of the 2000s: David Price, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 2007

 

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Preview

Thrifty Rays continue to compete with big spenders
The only thing smaller than this team’s payroll is its margin for error. With four postseason appearances in six years — an achievement 10 franchises have never equaled in their histories — owner Stu Sternberg, president Matt Silverman and executive VP Friedman have dexterously stayed within it.

New Year’s Day passed without the intensely rumored trade of David Price. As one of the most desirable players to hit the market in recent years — a Cy Young winner in his prime with two years remaining before free agency — he is certain to command an enormous return. Tampa Bay, however, has the luxury of patience.

17 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball from Aug. 12-18
Clayton Kershaw continues to dominate, the Dodgers are good, the Astros are bad and Alfonso Soriano has been really hot. These facts and more amazing stats from last week in baseball.

Clayton Kershaw continues to dominate, the Dodgers are good, the Astros are bad and Alfonso Soriano has been really hot. These facts and more amazing stats from last week in baseball.

Predicting Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Teams

Look into our MLB crystal ball. Come on, you know you want to.
<p> Look into our MLB crystal ball.</p>

Now that baseball is back in full swing, we started thinking about the future. And there’s nothing more fun than projecting where today’s baseball stars will be playing three years from now, and predicting who the best players in each league will be. So here goes. The 2016 All-Star teams.

Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Preview

The Rays continue to compete in tough AL East
<p> You can count the 30 million dollars conserved in 2011 by lopping off the seven-highest paid players from their payroll. You can count all the franchise-record stats that departed with Carl Crawford, the homers and RBIs Carlos Pena left behind, the runs Jason Bartlett saved at shortstop and the 86 percent attrition of bullpen appearances the club overcame in its improbable 91-win season. But the one thing you can’t ever do is count out the Tampa Bay Rays.</p>

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Rays' Fans are the Worst in Baseball

Stuart Sternberg complains about lack of support during times of success for the Rays.
<p> Stuart Sternberg complains about lack of support during times of success for the Rays.</p>
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by Josh Kipnis

Tampa Bay Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg is fed up with the fans in the Bay area.  “I am frustrated this year.  We’ve replicated [the success of] last year and our attendance numbers were down 15 percent and our ratings were down…We’re getting to the point where we don’t control our own destiny.  This is untenable as a model going forward.”

Predicting The MLB Wild Card Race

Will the Tampa Bay Rays or St. Louis Cardinals make the postseason?
<p> Will the Tampa Bay Rays or St. Louis Cardinals make the postseason?</p>

--By Josh Kipnis

With October right around the corner, who are the most feared teams in the MLB? Surprising to most, the Yankees and the Phillies aren’t at the top of my list. In fact, the two hottest teams might not even make the playoffs.

Tampa Bay's Mt. Rushmore

Who among the young franchise's players deserve this special honor?
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<p> The Tampa Bay franchise hasn't been around that long, but there are four individuals who have distinguished themselves enough to be honored on Mt. Rushmore.</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.