2012 Tampa Bay Rays season

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2012 Tampa Bay Rays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Stuart Sternberg
Manager(s) Joe Maddon
Local television Sun Sports
(Dewayne Staats, Brian Anderson, Todd Kalas)
Local radio Tampa Bay Rays Radio Network (English)
(Andy Freed, Dave Wills, Todd Kalas)
WGES (Spanish)
(Ricardo Taveras, Enrique Oliu)
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The Tampa Bay Rays 2012 season was the team's 15th season of baseball, and the fifth as the "Rays" (all at Tropicana Field). The Rays hoped to improve on their 91–71 record from 2011 and make the postseason for a franchise record third straight season. They finished the season 90–72, third place in the AL East, and third place in the AL Wild Card, missing the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Offseason[edit]

On November 27, 2011, the Rays traded catcher John Jaso to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Josh Lueke, as well as a player to be named later or cash.[1]

The Rays signed catcher José Molina on November 28, 2011 to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with a $1.5 million club option for 2013, with a $300,000 buyout.[2]

On December 13, 2011, the Rays acquired relief pitcher Burke Badenhop from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league catcher Jake Jefferies. At midnight that night, Badenhop was one of six arbitration eligible players that were tendered by the Rays, along with outfielder B. J. Upton, starting pitchers Jeff Niemann and David Price, and relief pitchers J. P. Howell and Joel Peralta. Not tendered was relief pitcher and former starting pitcher for the Rays, Andy Sonnanstine.[3]

Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney was signed on January 5 to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. The deal included a team option for 2013 worth $2.5 million or a $250,000 buyout. In 2009, while playing for the Detroit Tigers, Rodney made news at Tropicana Field when he threw a baseball into the stadium's press box from the field after converting a save. He was suspended for three games following the incident. After being signed by the Rays, he apologized for his actions.[4]

On January 11, the Rays signed Luke Scott to a one-year contract with an option for 2013. He is expected to be the team's designated hitter primarily, though he could also be used at first base.[5]

On January 20, the Rays signed Carlos Peña, bringing him back to the Rays for the 2012 season after just one season away with the Cubs. The contract is worth a year at $7.25 million. He is expected to be the everyday first baseman, as he was in his previous stint from 2007-2010.[6] Outfielder Justin Ruggiano was designated for assignment on January 24 to make room on the 40-man roster.[7]

The Rays announced on February 15 that manager Joe Maddon was given a 3-year contract extension worth $6 million, which would last through the 2015 season.[8]

Season standings[edit]

American League East[edit]

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 51–30 44–37
Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574 2 47–34 46–35
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 5 46–35 44–37
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 22 41–40 32–49
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 26 34–47 35–46


American League Wild Card[edit]

Division Winners W L Pct.
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574
Texas Rangers 93 69 0.574
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89 73 0.549 4
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 8
Seattle Mariners 75 87 0.463 18
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 20
Kansas City Royals 72 90 0.444 21
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 24
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 25
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 27


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 13–5 6–2 4–4 3–3 5–4 2–7 5–2 9–9 4–5 8–1 10–8 2–5 11–7 11–7
Boston 5–13 6–2 5–3 5–5 4–3 0–6 4–3 5–13 1–8 5–4 9–9 2–6 7–11 11–7
Chicago 2–6 2–6 11–7 6–12 6–12 3–5 14–4 5–2 3–3 8–1 4–3 6–3 6–4 9–9
Cleveland 4–4 3–5 7–11 10–8 8–10 5–4 6–12 1–5 2–8 4–4 4–4 4–5 2–4 8–10
Detroit 3–3 5–5 12–6 8–10 13–5 5–5 10–8 4–6 4–3 1–5 5–2 3–7 4–2 11–7
Kansas City 4–5 3–4 12–6 10–8 5–13 4–5 7–11 3–4 5–4 1–7 4–2 4–5 2–6 8–10
Los Angeles 7–2 6–0 5–3 4–5 5–5 5–4 6–3 4–5 9–10 11–8 1–9 10–9 4–4 12–6
Minnesota 2–5 3–4 4–14 12–6 8–10 11–7 3–6 3–4 4–5 2–8 1–5 2–8 2–5 9–9
New York 9–9 13–5 2–5 5–1 6–4 4–3 5–4 4–3 5–5 6–3 8–10 4–3 11–7 13–5
Oakland 5–4 8–1 3–3 8–2 3–4 4–5 10–9 5–4 5–5 12–7 5–4 11–8 5–4 10–8
Seattle 1–8 4–5 1–8 4–4 5–1 7–1 8–11 8–2 3–6 7–12 4–6 9–10 6–3 8–10
Tampa Bay 8–10 9–9 3–4 4–4 2–5 2–4 9–1 5–1 10–8 4–5 6–4 5–4 14–4 9–9
Texas 5–2 6–2 3–6 5–4 7–3 5–4 9–10 8–2 3–4 8–11 10–9 4–5 6–3 14–4
Toronto 7–11 11–7 4–6 4–2 2–4 6–2 4–4 5–2 7–11 4–5 3–6 4–14 3–6 9–9


Regular season[edit]

2012 Game Log

Roster[edit]

2012 Tampa Bay Rays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen Bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Durham Bulls International League Charlie Montoyo
AA Montgomery Biscuits Southern League Billy Gardner, Jr.
A Charlotte Stone Crabs Florida State League Jim Morrison
A Bowling Green Hot Rods Midwest League Brady Williams
Short-Season A Hudson Valley Renegades New York-Penn League Jared Sandberg
Rookie Princeton Rays Appalachian League Mike Johns
Rookie GCL Rays Gulf Coast League Paul Hoover

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Hudson Valley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Topkin, Marc (November 27, 2011). "Rays trade C Jaso to Seattle for reliever Lueke". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Topkin, Marc (November 28, 2011). "Tampa Bay Rays' deal with Jose Molina set at $1.5-million". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Topkin, Marc (December 13, 2011). "Andy Sonnanstine, trade for Miami Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Topkin, Marc (January 5, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays confirm one-year deal for reliever Fernando Rodney". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Topkin, Marc (January 11, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays reach deal with outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ben Nicholson-Smith (January 20, 2012). "Rays To Sign Carlos Pena". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Topkin, Marc (January 24, 2012). "Ruggiano Designated For Assignment". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Topkin, Marc (January 16, 2012). "Tampa Bay Rays announce manager Joe Maddon's three-year contract extension". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 

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