Tampa Bay Rays
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Three years after San Francisco Giants owner Bo Lurie failed to sell his franchise to investors in Tampa Bay, Florida, Major League Baseball (MLB) officials met in West Palm Beach during March 1995. In a 28–0 vote, they approved the 13th and 14th expansions in major league history. A syndicate, led by former engineer and sports entrepreneur Vincent Naimoli, was awarded an American League (AL) team to be located in Tampa Bay and later nicknamed Devil Rays. For the other expansion, American businessman and sports executive Jerry Colangelo and his investment group received permission from MLB to own a National League (NL) club, place it somewhere in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and eventually name it.