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20 seasons of the Rays: 20 words on the 20th anniversary

20/20 Vision: The writer who has covered every season in Tampa Bay baseball history sums it up in 20 words.
Tampa Bay Times writer and BBWAA chapter chairman Marc Topkin with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) after presenting him with the BBWAA Champion and Don Zimmer MVP awards before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. [Times files (2016)]
Tampa Bay Times writer and BBWAA chapter chairman Marc Topkin with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) after presenting him with the BBWAA Champion and Don Zimmer MVP awards before the start of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. [Times files (2016)]
Published Mar. 25, 2018
Updated Mar. 27, 2018

With the Rays planning a year-long celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Times is taking a look back – with 20 lists of 20 things about those first 20 seasons.

Here are 20 words from our beat writer Marc Topkin on 20 years of the Rays.

Twenty years went pretty fast, what with the early mess, sustained success and now the looming question of what’s next.

— Marc Topkin, Times beat writer for all 20 of the Rays seasons.