2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

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2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Vince Naimoli
Manager(s) Hal McRae
Local television FSN Florida
WMOR-TV
WTSP
(Joe Magrane, Dewayne Staats, Todd Kalas)
Local radio WFLA
(Paul Olden, Charlie Slowes)
WLCC
(Ricardo Tavares, Enrique Oliu)
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The 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their 5th since the franchise was created. This season, they finished last in the AL East division, and managed to finish the season with a record of 55-106. Their manager was Hal McRae who entered his 1st full season and last season with the Devil Rays.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 8, 2001: Ryan Freel was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 103   58 .640    --
Boston Red Sox   93   69 .574 10.5
Toronto Blue Jays   78   84 .481 25.5
Baltimore Orioles   67   95 .414 36.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   55 106 .342 48.0

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Brent Abernathy
  • Steve Cox
  • Chris Gomez
  • Ben Grieve
  • Toby Hall
  • Bobby Smith
  • Tanyon Sturtze
  • Jason Tyner
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Randy Winn

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 4, 2002: B. J. Upton drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed September 16, 2002.[2]
  • June 4, 2002: Elijah Dukes drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 3rd round of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed August 21, 2002.[3]
  • September 22, 2002: Released Toe Nash, the day after he was released from jail.[4]

Roster[edit]

2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Citrus series[edit]

The annual interleague games between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were played in June and July. They are known as the Citrus Series. The Devil Rays won the series 4-2.

Date Winning Team Losing Team Score Venue
June 14 Devil Rays Marlins 4-3 (14 innings)[5] Pro Player Stadium
June 15 Marlins Devil Rays 3-0[6] Pro Player Stadium
June 16 Devil Rays Marlins 4-1[7] Pro Player Stadium
June 28 Devil Rays Marlins 4-0[8] Tropicana Field
June 29 Marlins Devil Rays 3-2 [9] Tropicana Field
June 30 Devil Rays Marlins 6-5 (12 innings)[10] Tropicana Field

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[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

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ESPN25 Worst Team of All-Time[edit]

In 2004, ESPN was celebrating 25 years of the network since its founding in 1979. The network decided to honor the first 25 years from the best to the worst and everything else in between. The Rays were ranked 16th in the actual ESPN Worst Team Result of the first 25 years conducted by ESPN and its users. The users put them higher at 13th than the original airing as the worst team by only 3 spots.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Durham Bulls International League Bill Evers
AA Orlando Rays Southern League Mako Oliveras
A Bakersfield Blaze California League Charlie Montoyo
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Buddy Biancalana
Short-Season A Hudson Valley Renegades New York–Penn League Dave Howard
Rookie Princeton Devil Rays Appalachian League Edwin Rodríguez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Durham[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/f/freelry01.shtml
  2. ^ B.J. Upton Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Elijah Dukes Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ "Devil Rays release troubled Toe Nash". Gainseville Sun (Gainesville, Florida: New York Times Management Services). September 22, 2002. p. 8C. 
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200206140FLO
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200206150FLO
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200206160FLO
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200206280TBA
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200206290TBA
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200206300TBA
  11. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007