Rays all-star Evan Longoria says this is probably the best assembly of talent and chemistry the team has ever had coming out of Spring Training.

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- When a sold-out crowd watches the Tampa Bay Rays take the field at 4 p.m. Monday, plenty of fans will watch from a whole new place.

The overhauled outfield is the most noticeable change at Tropicana Field for the Rays' 2014 baseball season.

What was the Batter's Eye restaurant has now been opened up dramatically as The Porch in Center Field, letting fans walk around the entire inside of the ballpark with an almost-constant view of the action.

Connecting the outfield seats through The Porch offers a new concessions area to grab a bite or a drink and eliminates much of the go out, go up, go down, go around that's typically involved in a trip to the Trop.

Forget doing a 180 with the Trop, the Rays did a 360; fans can now walk around the concourse and not miss any of the action on the field!

Also new in 2014 are Rays Flex Packs. It's a new card that lets you pay a low price and pick a set number of games you want to go to. It's like a mini season ticket and you can save more than 50 percent off single game ticket prices.

What's new is impressive, but some of the best parts of this coming season will be the things returning to the field for the Rays.

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Rays all-star Evan Longoria says this is probably the best assembly of talent and chemistry the team has ever had coming out of Spring Training.

Rays President Matt Silverman on the 2014 season:

10 News anchors Allison Kropff and Joe Gumm talk about the upcoming season with Rays President Matt Silverman

The Rays' unbelievable defense will be back, and improved. They set an all-time Major League Baseball record for fewest errors last season.

Former Rays pitcher Grant Balfour is back, but in a new role. He'll be the closer, pitching in the clutch moments to grab the final outs of a game.

READ: 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster (PDF)
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And David Price, one of the best pitchers in baseball, returns. He heads up a rotation that is very likely the best group of pitchers in the major leagues this season.

The Rays added veteran Catcher Ryan Hanigan and other players as part of a record-high payroll for the team.

Almost $80 million on Opening Day is the most the Rays have ever spent on paychecks.

That's an investment with one goal: Winning the World Series with the team that takes the field for the first time against the Toronto Blue Jays at 4 o'clock Monday.

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Rick Kriseman's first Opening Day as mayor of St. Pete:

Rick Kriseman talks to 10 News anchors Allison Kropff and Joe Gumm about his first Opening Day as mayor of St. Petersburg.

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