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  • Tampa Bay ownership exploring name change after '06

    By: Marc Topkin - sptimes.com
    January 15, 2006

    The team on the field might not reflect it, but the Devil Rays organization is undergoing significant change.

    With a fresh approach and attitude under the new ownership and management, there are millions being spent to upgrade the facility and improve the fan experience. There are creative executives being hired, and holdover ones being empowered. There are all kinds of innovative concepts (clean restrooms! a decent sound system!) floating around along with new ideas, such as plans for a huge touch tank of live rays on the right-centerfield patio.

    Bigger news might be coming.

    Top officials are privately talking about ideas that would change the entire look and identity of the team for the 2007 season - from the name to the colors to the logos to the uniforms.

    At the least, it seems likely the word "Devil" will be dropped, as it already is in some official team references. Then a decision has to be made whether to continue associating Rays with the sea creatures or to connect with the sun. Or there could be a new name, such as the Tampa Bay Tarpons.

    The name issue likely will drive the others, and it reasons that if one is changed they all will be, and done neatly to commemorate what will be marketed as the 10th anniversary season.

    Discussions are very much preliminary. Concepts have to be designed. Focus groups need to be convened. MLB officials have to be consulted. Procedures must be followed, including a March 31 deadline to notify MLB of a possible change and details by May 31. Decisions have to be made.

    The team on the field in 2007 is expected to be considerably better. From the sound of the whispers, it will look considerably different too.

    This is a portion of an article which originally appeared in the St Petersburg Times.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

  • #2
    Aslong as they stay the Rays I'm fine... personally like the D-Rays better, but the Rays would work aswell...

    Their uniforms are some of the best in the business, in my opinion

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    • #3
      Originally posted by nascarfn5
      Or there could be a new name, such as the Tampa Bay Tarpons.
      Okay now, seriously, is that the best choice? :noidea
      A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do, play it right and with respect. If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. - Ryne Sandberg

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      • #4
        Originally posted by E.Banks#14
        Okay now, seriously, is that the best choice? :noidea
        Near Tampa, there is a place called: Tarpon Springs, it's a Greek Village
        Cristobal

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        • #5
          Just change it to the "St. Petersburg Devil Rays of Tampa Bay."

          Sincerely,
          Arte Moreno
          Last edited by UnderPressure; 01-16-2006, 03:47 PM.
          Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

          If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.

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          • #6
            This is a good move. Please, it's time for some changes. I'd settle for Rays, too, though I wouldn't mind "stingrays", that name gets right to the point.
            My Top 4 funniest BBF posts ever:

            1) "plZ dOn;t' pOsT LikE tHIs n e mOr!"

            2) "The teams play 1962 games in 180 days."

            3) "Stadiums don't move silly, people do."

            4) "Once again you quibble, because it is I who speaks."

            5) Almost anything RuthMayBond says...

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            • #7
              Devil Rays, Sting Rays, Tarpons... they all sound like minor league team names to me.
              A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do, play it right and with respect. If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. - Ryne Sandberg

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              • #8
                Yeah, I like Sting Rays. What is a tarpon?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pure Dodger
                  Just change it to the "St. Petersburg Devil Rays of Tampa Bay."

                  Sincerely,
                  Arte Moreno

                  Great one there.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RottenGazebo
                    Yeah, I like Sting Rays. What is a tarpon?
                    A really big fish.

                    http://www.google.com/search?q=tarpo...en-US:official
                    1903 - 1912 - 1915 - 1916 - 1918 - 2004 - 2007 - 2013

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                    • #11
                      LOL @ that smiley in the link.
                      Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

                      If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.

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                      • #12
                        Change it to the Tampa Bay Killers

                        refering to Killerwhales

                        I think I heard in the NBA Portland is changin their name to the Killers or Jailblazers soon aswell

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KingNothing13
                          It's not as big as this fish...

                          http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8404622
                          Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules
                            It's not as big as this fish...

                            http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8404622
                            No fish matches this one:

                            http://www.zoomdinosaurs.com/subject...egalodon.shtml

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Astro
                              That's no fair. That Megaldon is exinct! The estimates for it size are based on teeth thus are highly speculative.
                              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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