1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

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1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Vince Naimoli
Manager(s) Larry Rothschild
Local television Sportschannel Florida
WWWB
WTSP
(Joe Magrane, Dewayne Staats)
Local radio WFLA
(Paul Olden, Charlie Slowes)
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The 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their first season in franchise history. This season, they finished last in the AL East division and finished the season with a record of 63-99, 51 games behind the World Champion New York Yankees. Their manager was Larry Rothschild.

Miguel Cairo was the last active player remaining from the Opening Day roster, until retiring after the 2012 season.

Offseason[edit]

  • March 11, 1997: Luis Polonia was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[1]
  • May 10, 1997: Pete Laforest was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[2]
  • June 3, 1997: Jason Standridge was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (31st pick) of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 1997.[3]
  • June 3, 1997: Kenny Kelly was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2nd round of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 1997.[4]
  • November 11, 1997: Mike Kelly was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a player to be named later. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Dmitri Young (November 18, 1997) to the Cincinnati Reds to complete the trade.[5]
  • December 9, 1997: Wade Boggs signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[6]
  • December 16, 1997: Scott McClain was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[7]
  • December 18, 1997: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[8]
  • January 27, 1998: Dave Silvestri was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[9]
  • January 27, 1998: Jerome Walton was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[10]

Expansion Draft[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Pick Player Position From To
1 Tony Saunders LHP Fla TB
4 Quinton McCracken OF Col TB
6 Bobby Abreu OF Hou TB
8 Miguel Cairo 2B CHC TB
10 Rich Butler OF Tor TB
12 Bobby Smith 3B Atl TB
14 Jason Johnson RHP Pit TB
16 Dmitri Young 1B Cin TB
18 Esteban Yan RHP Bal TB
20 Mike DiFelice C StL TB
22 Bubba Trammell OF Det TB
24 Andy Sheets IF Sea TB
26 Dennis Springer RHP Ana TB
28 Dan Carlson RHP SF TB

Round 2[edit]

Pick Player Position From To
30 Brian Boehringer RHP NYY TB
32 Mike Duvall LHP Fla TB
34 John LeRoy RHP Atl TB
36 Jim Mecir RHP Bos TB
38 Bryan Rekar RHP Col TB
40 Rick Gorecki RHP LA TB
42 Ramón Tatís LHP CHC TB
44 Kerry Robinson OF StL TB
46 Steve Cox 1B Oak TB
48 Albie Lopez RHP Cle TB
50 Jose Paniagua RHP Mon TB
52 Carlos Mendoza OF NYM TB
54 Ryan Karp LHP Phi TB
56 Santos Hernandez RHP SF TB

Round 3[edit]

Pick Player Position From To
58 Randy Winn OF Fla TB
60 Terrell Wade LHP Atl TB
62 Aaron Ledesma IF Bal TB
64 Brooks Kieschnick OF CHC TB
66 Luke Wilcox OF NYY TB
68 Herbert Perry IF Cle TB
70 Vaughn Eshelman LHP Oak TB

Regular season[edit]

  • June 22, 1998 - The first interleague game between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took place at Tropicana Field. The rivalry would be known as the Citrus Series. The Marlins won the game in twelve innings by a score of 3-2.[11]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 114 48 .704    --
Boston Red Sox   92 70 .568 22.0
Toronto Blue Jays   88 74 .543 26.0
Baltimore Orioles   79 83 .488 35.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   63 99 .389 51.0

Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 26, 1998: Jerome Walton was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[10]
  • June 2, 1998: Aubrey Huff was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 5th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 17, 1998.[12]
  • July 1, 1998: Josías Manzanillo was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[8]

Roster[edit]

1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Game Log

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
C John Flaherty 91 304 21 63 3 24 .207 0
1B Fred McGriff 151 564 73 160 19 81 .284 7
2B Miguel Cairo 150 515 49 138 5 46 .268 19
3B Bobby Smith 117 370 44 102 11 55 .276 5
SS Kevin Stocker 112 336 37 70 6 25 .208 5
LF Quinton McCracken 155 614 77 179 7 59 .292 19
CF Randy Winn 109 338 51 94 1 17 .278 26
RF Dave Martinez 90 309 31 79 3 20 .256 8
DH Paul Sorrento 137 435 40 98 17 57 .225 2

[13]

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB R H HR RBI Avg. SB
Wade Boggs 123 435 51 122 7 52 .280 3
Rich Butler 72 217 25 49 7 20 .226 4
Tim Laker 3 5 1 1 0 0 .200 0
Kerry Robinson 2 3 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Dave Silvestri 8 14 0 1 0 0 .071 0
Bubba Trammell 59 199 28 57 12 35 .286 0
Jerome Walton 12 34 4 11 0 3 .324 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors[edit]

1998 MLB All-Star Game

  • Rolando Arrojo, Pitcher

Team leaders[edit]

  • Home Runs – Fred McGriff (19)
  • Runs Batted In - Fred McGriff (81)
  • Batting Average - Aaron Ledesma (.324)
  • Hits - Quinton McCracken (179)
  • Stolen Bases - Randy Winn (26)
  • Walks - Fred McGriff (79)
  • Wins - Rolando Arrojo (14)
  • Strikeouts - Tony Saunders (172)
  • Earned Run Average - Albie Lopez (2.60)
  • Saves - Roberto Hernández (26)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Durham Bulls International League Bill Evers
A St. Petersburg Devil Rays Florida State League Roy Silver
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Greg Mahlberg
Short-Season A Hudson Valley Renegades New York–Penn League Charlie Montoyo
Rookie Princeton Devil Rays Appalachian League Dave Howard
Rookie GCL Devil Rays Gulf Coast League Bobby Ramos

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