Playing hardball

Just imagine the Tampa Bay Rays could do if Bud Selig lent them a helping hand

Originally Published: April 6, 2014
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

REMEMBER THE Tampa Bay Devil Rays? Remember the team that began its existence with Wade Boggs and Quinton McCracken, Kevin Stocker and Wilson Alvarez? Remember the team that lost 90 games in each of its first 10 years of existence, the major league team with the minor league name in that miserable ballpark everyone laughed at?

In the past six years, the "Devil" has vanished, and the Rays have claimed two AL East titles, just one fewer than the Red Sox have won in the ...

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