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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 25 August 2008 14:02

E:60The Tampa Bay Rays are the biggest surprise in baseball this season, and this Tuesday, ESPN's E:60 will cover the franchise.

Without a single winning season in their history, the Rays now sit atop the American League East – ahead of the teams with baseball's two biggest payrolls, the Yankees and Red Sox.  Even more surprising is that the architects of this stunning turnaround are three former Wall Street executives with no previous baseball experience.  E:60's Lisa Salters profiles these three baseball mavericks and chronicles the Rays historic season.

  • "I said, the Devil Rays? Aren’t they the worst team in baseball? Honestly, I didn’t know where Tampa Bay was on the map of Florida."Matt Silverman, on his reaction when approached about the role of team president
  • "I have a lot of confidence in myself and my partners and that we could make most situations work. This happened to be baseball. I think if we had gone and bought a sausage factory that was having some problems, we could probably make that work." – Rays majority owner Stuart Sternberg

The next edition of ESPN’s prime-time newsmagazine E:60 airs Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. ET

Source: ESPN

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