We are now less than two weeks away from Spring Training, so it is time to start taking a closer look at the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. What better way to do that than a good ole fashion Power Ranking. Everybody loves Power Rankings. These rankings are a combination of overall importance to the team and a general “who’s hot and who’s not”. The Tampa Bay Rays Power Rankings will appear every Tuesday.



  1. Anonymous says:

    generally power rankings annoy me, but the images on this one are worth it. especially love the Juan Salas image.

    and BJ's? subtle. real subtle.

  2. Anonymous says:

    where's mitch lukevics? the director of minor league operations who was a major part of the yankees player development in the 90s and now has the best minor league organization in baseball?

  3. The Professor says:

    Excellent point. Lukevics probably did deserve a mention. But his name is not really on the lips of Rays fans in general, and this list is also a reflection of who's hot/not among fans in general. that being said, you can be sure his name is on the lips of baseball people.

  4. Scot Gould says:

    I agree with anonymous that Power Ratings are silly, unless, they are accompanied by witty comments or in this case images.

    On a separate issue - I'm a bit surprised that your blog has not really caught on. IMO, it is one on the most informative on any time and I suspect that those who write for Hardball Times or Baseball Prospectus are like myself, who keep the Rays as a "guilty pleasure" - the team we secretly cheer for because of newer, smarter, administration. Indeed, in 2007, no lead, for Rays or opposition, was ever secure - even in blowouts! Talk about an exciting team!


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