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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic for Tampa Bay Rays' 2014 Season
Gerald Herbert

Opening Day is here for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The long wait through the winter has passed, and the 2014 season starts for the Rays with a home series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

One of the beautiful aspects of Opening Day is the high level of optimism that is shared by fans of all 30 major league teams. Die-hard fans across the country find hope in an inflated spring training statistic, offseason acquisition or hope that a previously underperforming player will have a rebound or breakout season.

As the season plays out, those hopes will dwindle down for most franchises. The flame of hope for 20 teams will extinguish as the season ends, and 10 teams advance to the postseason. As the postseason progresses, every team will spend this winter looking toward the 2015 MLB season with hopeful optimism once again.

It is an annual cycle that makes the game fun to watch.

With the 2014 season set to start, here are three reasons to be optimistic the Tampa Bay Rays will be the last team standing at the conclusion of the season.

 

All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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