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Longo, Crawford & Price : The Tampa Bay Rays All-Time Team

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The Starting Lineup

C     Toby Hall Toby Hall
1B     Carlos Pena Carlos Pena
2B     Ben Zobrist Ben Zobrist
SS     Julio Lugo Julio Lugo
3B     Evan Longoria Evan Longoria
LF     Carl Crawford Carl Crawford
CF     Kevin Kiermaier Kevin Kiermaier
RF     Melvin Upton Jr. Melvin Upton Jr.
DH     Fred McGriff Fred McGriff
With only about twenty years of history, the Rays have some holes in their lineup, but the first four or five batters in their lineup are decent. Crawford and Zobrist are playmakers at the top, and Longoria, McGriff, and Pena can drive runners in.

This team has some of the best speed of any All-Time Team, even the long-standing franchises. Crawford, Upton, and Lugo all stole as many as 39 bases in a season, and Zobrist and Kiermaier have good wheels too.

Jason Bartlett should get playing time because of his superior glove at shortstop, while Matthew Joyce is a good lefthanded bat who should get some starts in the outfield.
1.   Crawford
2.   Zobrist
3.   Longoria
4.   McGriff
5.   Pena
6.   Upton Jr.
7.   Kiermaier
8.   Lugo
9.   Hall

The Rotation

SP     David Price David Price
SP     James Shields James Shields
SP     Blake Snell Blake Snell
SP     Scott Kazmir Scott Kazmir
SP     Chris Archer Chris Archer
Not a bad rotation for the little time this franchise has been around. All five are power pitchers, and two of them (Price and Snell) have won Cy Young awards in a Tampa Bay uniform. Shields has the postseason credentials, and even though Kazmir had arm troubles and didn't quite live up to his early hype, he did lead the league in strikeouts and had a solid 114 ERA+ plus for the Rays. Archer topped 200 K's three times for the Rays and was a two-time All-Star. Three southpaws and two righthanders keep this rotation well-balanced.

The Bullpen

RP     Fernando Rodney Fernando Rodney
RP     Roberto Hernandez Roberto Hernandez
RP     J.P. Howell J.P. Howell
RP     Alex Colome Alex Colome
RP     Jake McGee Jake McGee
RP     Matt Garza Matt Garza

The Bench

C     John Flaherty John Flaherty
1B     James Loney James Loney
2B/3B     Logan Forysthe Logan Forysthe
SS     Jason Bartlett Jason Bartlett
OF     Matthew Joyce Matthew Joyce
CF     Rocco Baldelli Rocco Baldelli
OF     Desmond Jennings Desmond Jennings
1B/3B/RF     Aubrey Huff Aubrey Huff