Rays built for sustained success

Originally Published: November 10, 2008
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

The Rays had a storybook season, going from last place to first place in the American League East and winning the AL pennant. To find this sort of dramatic turnaround from one season to the next, one has to go back to the Atlanta Braves in 1991.

Tampa Bay finished ahead of far richer rivals. The Rays' roster is mostly homegrown, the result of some shrewd drafting and smart player development. Fan support was slow in coming, but by the time the Rays beat the Red Sox in the AL Championship ...

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