Rays Honored by Baseball America as Top Organization

ST. PETERSBURG — A team-record 100 wins and a second straight American League East championship underscored the Rays’ accomplishments in 2021.

But their success extended far beyond what they did at the major league level, and it led to another impressive achievement, as the Rays on Thursday were named Organization of the Year by Baseball America.

Plus, they were an obvious choice by industry-leading magazine staff.

“The Rays were an easy pick as Baseball America’s 2021 organization of the year, their second win in the past three years,” editor Matt Eddy said.

“Tampa Bay epitomizes what our award strives to recognize: big league success, minor league success and successful player development.”

The Five Rays minor league national teams posted a composite record of .653 – best in modern minor league history (since 1963), according to baseball-reference.com research – with four of the teams recognized as league champions and the fifth one game short of the final round.

Additionally, they graduated from the majors of a number of prospects – led by Wander Franco – from a farm system that has been ranked among the best in the game for several years.

“The Rays won a franchise-record 100 games in the rugged American League East, ultimately taking the top seed in the AL playoffs,” Eddy said. “Their minor league affiliates have won at the highest rate in the modern minor league era, encompassing nearly 60 years. And the farm system that ranked as baseball’s most talented pre-season provided key talent to Tampa Bay, including in the form of Wander Franco, Randy Arozarena, Shane McClanahan, Luis Patino and Shane Baz.

It’s the third time the Rays have won the award in the past 14 years (also in 2008 and 2019), more than any other team. The Cardinals and Dodgers have each won twice in that span. The prize has been awarded since 1982.

Organizations of the year

1982 Oakland Athletics

New York Mets 1983

New York Mets 1984

1985 Milwaukee Brewers

1986 Milwaukee Brewers

1987 Milwaukee Brewers

Montreal Expos 1988

1989 Texas Rangers

Montreal Expos 1990

Atlanta Braves 1991

1992 Cleveland Indians

1993 Toronto Blue Jays

Kansas City Royals 1994

New York Mets 1995

1996 Atlanta Braves

1997 Detroit Tigers

1998 New York Yankees

1999 Oakland Athletics

2000 Chicago White Sox

2001 Houston Astros

2002 Minnesota Twins

2003 Florida Marlins

2004 Minnesota Twins

2005 Atlanta Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers 2006

2007 Colorado Rockies

Tampa Bay Rays 2008

2009 Philadelphia Phillies

2010 San Francisco Giants

2011 St. Louis Cardinals

2012 Cincinnati Reds

2013 St. Louis Cardinals

Kansas City Royals 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015

Chicago Cubs 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers 2017

2018 Milwaukee Brewers

Tampa Bay Rays 2019

Los Angeles Dodgers 2020

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