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Who is the face of Tampa Bay sports?

The answer is up for debate given the recent departures of Evan Longoria and Gerald McCoy. Here are some candidates:
From left, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. [Photo illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones]
Published Jul. 8
Updated Jul. 8

With the 2017 trade of Evan Longoria, Gerald McCoy’s recent departure from the Bucs and the possibility of the Rays moving to Montreal, at least part time, it got us wondering:

Who might qualify as the face of Tampa Bay sports?

Our writers have considered a handful of contenders:

John Romano on Steven Stamkos

Eduardo A. Encina on Jameis Winston

Marc Topkin on Kevin Kiermaier

Martin Fennelly on Tony Dungy

Ernest Hooper and Mari Faiello on Jeff Vinik

Joey Knight on someone you may not know but should

Matt Baker on possible Tampa Bay sports faces of the future

And just for grins, we looked at the faces of America’s other largest major-league markets.

Who do you think is the face of Tampa Bay sports?

Share your pick and explanation:

email: sports@tampbay.com

facebook: facebook.com/TampaBayTimesSports

twitter: twitter.com/tbtimes_sports

We’ll compile the responses and share the best later this week.

Contact Mike Sherman at msherman@tampbay.com. Follow @mikesherman





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