The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are a member of the American League (AL) East in Major League Baseball (MLB).[1] The team joined MLB in 1998 as an expansion team with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[2] In November 2007, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg renamed his team from the "Tampa Bay Devil Rays" to the "Tampa Bay Rays", which he described as "A beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida."[3] The Rays have won two American League Championships, first in 2008, and again in 2020.[4] The Rays have played their home games at Tropicana Field since their inaugural season.[5] Andrew Friedman is the Vice President of Baseball operations, in essence the general manager.[6]

There have been five managers for the Rays franchise.[7] The team's first manager was Larry Rothschild, the only manager who have spent his entire MLB managing career with the Devil Rays and managed the team for four seasons. Through the end of the 2014 season, Joe Maddon is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games managed with 1,459 and the most regular-season game wins with 754. Maddon was the first manager to have been to the playoffs with the Rays. In 2008, he took them all the way to the World Series, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.[4] Maddon is the first manager to have won the Manager of the Year Award with the Rays, first winning it in 2008, and again in 2011.[8] Maddon became the manager of the then-Devil Rays in 2006.[7] On February 15, 2012 the Rays extended his contract through the 2015 season,[9] however he opted out of his contract at the end of the 2014 season. Kevin Cash has been the team's manager since the 2015 season. In 2019 the team reached the playoffs, losing in the Division Series in five games. In 2020, they advanced to the World Series, however they lost in six games. Cash, the manager with the highest regular-season winning percentage with .537, won the AL Manager of the Year Award in 2020 to become the second manager in Rays history to win the award. He then won the award the following year to be the first Rays manager to win the award multiple times.

Key

# Number of managers[a]
GM Regular-season games managed
W Regular-season wins
L Regular-season losses
Win% Regular-season winning percentage
PGM Playoff games managed
PW Playoff wins
PL Playoff losses
PWin% Playoff winning percentage
* Spent entire MLB managing career with the (Devil) Rays[7]

Managers

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2021 Season
#[a] Name Term[b] GM W L Win% PGM[4] PW[4] PL[4] PWin%[4] Achievements
1 Larry Rothschild* 19982001 499 205 294 .411
2 Hal McRae 20012002 309 113 196 .366
3 Lou Piniella 20032005 485 200 285 .404
4 Joe Maddon 20062014 1,459 754 705 .517 29 12 17 .413 2008 & 2011 AL Manager of the Year[8]
2008 AL championship[4]
5 Kevin Cash* 2015–present 1,032 554 478 .537 26 15 13 .537 2020 and 2021 AL Manager of the Year
2020 AL championship

Notes

References

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  2. ^ "Team Histories". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  3. ^ "Time to shine:Rays introduce new name, new icon, new team colors and new uniforms". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "2008 Tampa Bay Rays". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  5. ^ "Rays Ballparks". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  6. ^ "Front Office". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  7. ^ a b c "Tampa Bay Rays Managerial Register". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  8. ^ a b "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  9. ^ Topkin, Marc (January 16, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays announce manager Joe Maddon's three-year contract extension". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012.