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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays change Name, Mascot, and Uniforms

The makeover was announced Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays officially dropped the “Devil” from their name, and the new Tampa Bay Rays introduced their new image, mascot, and uniforms in a ceremony held in downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday.

“We are now the ‘Rays’ – a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida,” said Stuart Sternberg, the team’s principal owner. “Tampa Bay and the Sunshine State are beautiful places. We want the Rays to reflect the best our region has to offer.”

The new team colors – navy blue and light blue – replaced green and black, and new uniforms sporting those colors, along with the yellow sunburst emerging from behind the “R”, were modeled Thursday by current players.

The Rays mascot will be updated to the new image – a ray of sunbeam.

“Our new team name and new look express the vibrancy of our organization,” said Rays president Matt Silverman. “The Tampa Bay Rays will shine, on the field and in our community. We will be a great source of pride for our region.”

The name may have changed, but the Rays are the same crappy baseball team.

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