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It’s Tampa Bay Rays March Madness!

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ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 23: Mallex Smith #0 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after a win against the New York Yankees on June 23, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 4-0. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 23: Mallex Smith #0 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after a win against the New York Yankees on June 23, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 4-0. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 9: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits an RBI single to center field off of pitcher David Price of the Boston Red Sox to score Steven Souza Jr. during the first inning of a game on July 9, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

The Evan Longoria Region kicks things off, as the face of the franchise earns a number one seed and number one overall seed

The Matchups:

1) Evan Longoria vs 16) Johnny Field

8) Alex Cobb vs 9) Jake McGee

5) Ryne Stanek vs  12) Aubrey Huff

4) Joey Wendle vs 13) Logan Morrison

6) James Loney vs 11) Brandon Guyer

3) James Shields vs 14) John Jaso

7) CJ Cron vs 10) Brad Boxberger

2) Carlos Pena vs 15) Daniel Robertson

The Picks for the first round:

These are my personal picks, for those who are in fact curious.

Evan Longoria, Obviously. However, Jonny Field is an all time baseball name. Could you imagine being at a bar and you tell a potential partner you play in the big leagues and you say your name is Johnny Field? You will need three different ID’s to prove this is not a joke.

Alex Cobb.

Ryne Stanek, call me a prisoner of the moment, but Stanek gets the nod here. Especially with his off the field embracement of the opener. With his new opener shirt stating that openers are people too, and the Rays bottle opener promotion for him.

Logan Morrison.

James Loney.

James Shield. Big game James. (Yes his Royals time has impacted my vote, get off my lawn.)

Brad Boxberger.

Carlos Pena.

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