1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

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1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Vince Naimoli
Manager(s) Larry Rothschild
Local television Sportschannel Florida
WWWB/WMOR
WTSP
(Joe Magrane, Dewayne Staats)
Local radio WFLA
(Paul Olden, Charlie Slowes)
WBDN
(Eulides Nunez, Enrique Oliu)
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The 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their second since the franchise was created. They finished last in the AL East division with a record of 69 wins and 93 losses. Their manager was Larry Rothschild, who entered his 2nd year with the club.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 25, 1998: Dave Silvestri was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[1]
  • December 11, 1998: José Canseco signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  • February 3, 1999: Joe Oliver was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[2]
  • February 19, 1999: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[3]
  • March 31, 1999: Mike Kelly was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[4]

Regular season[edit]

  • On August 7, 1999, Wade Boggs had the 3,000th hit of his career.[5] The hit was a home run.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 98 64 .605    --
Boston Red Sox 94 68 .580  4.0
Toronto Blue Jays 84 78 .519 14.0
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 .481 20.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 69 93 .426 29.0

Transactions[edit]

  • April 9, 1999: Dave Silvestri was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[1]
  • May 27, 1999: Aaron Small was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[6]
  • July 23, 1999: Joe Oliver was traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with Humberto Cota to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jose Guillen and Jeff Sparks.[2]
  • June 23, 1999: Jim Morris was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[7]

Draft Picks[edit]

  • June 2, 1999: Josh Hamilton was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1999.[8]
  • June 2, 1999: Carl Crawford was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2nd round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 1999.[9]
  • June 2, 1999: Doug Waechter was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 3rd round of the 1999 amateur draft. Player signed June 27, 1999.[10]

Citrus Series[edit]

1999 Marlins win series 5-1

  • June 4- Marlins 10- @ Devil Rays 0
  • June 5- Marlins 9- @ Devil Rays 7
  • June 6- Marlins 11- @ Devil Rays 6
  • July 9- @ Marlins 11- Devil Rays 4
  • July 10- Devil Rays 9- @ Marlins 8
  • July 11- @ Marlins 3- Devil Rays 2

The Rookie[edit]

While coaching baseball for the Reagan County Owls, Jim Morris made a promise to his team that he would try out for Major League Baseball if his team won the District Championship, something the team had never accomplished before. His team won the title, and Morris kept his end of the bargain. At tryouts, the Major League scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays initially wasn't interested in Morris. But, the scout agreed to allow him to try-out so Morris could keep his promise to his students. Surprisingly, Morris discovered that in spite of his age, and having several surgeries on his arm, he was able to throw a 98-mph fastball. In fact, he threw 12 consecutive 98-mph fastballs. After much debate with his family, Morris signed a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization at the age of 35. He started out with the Minor League Class AA Orlando Rays but after a few appearances he moved up to a spot with the AAA Durham Bulls. Thanks to solid performances with Durham, Tampa Bay gave him a chance to pitch with the big club when the rosters expanded, and on September 18, 1999, against Royce Clayton of the Texas Rangers, the 35-year old Morris made his debut, striking Clayton out on four pitches. His goal of pitching in the majors was finally realized, and he made four more appearances later that year.

Roster[edit]

1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
John Flaherty 117 446 124 .278 14 71
Fred McGriff 144 529 164 .310 32 104
Miguel Cairo 120 465 137 .295 3 36
Wade Boggs 90 292 88 .301 2 29
Kevin Stocker 79 254 76 .299 1 27
Bubba Trammell 82 283 82 .290 14 39
Randy Winn 79 303 81 .267 2 24
Dave Martinez 143 514 146 .284 6 66
José Canseco 113 430 120 .279 34 95

Other batters[edit]

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Durham Bulls International League Bill Evers
AA Orlando Rays Southern League Bill Russell
A St. Petersburg Devil Rays Florida State League Roy Silver
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Charlie Montoyo
Short-Season A Hudson Valley Renegades New York-Penn League Edwin Rodríguez
Rookie Princeton Devil Rays Appalachian League Bobby Ramos

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Orlando, Hudson Valley[11][12]

References[edit]