1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season
|1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Chuck LaMar|
|Local television||Sportschannel Florida|
(Joe Magrane, Dewayne Staats)
(Paul Olden, Charlie Slowes)
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The 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was the 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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- March 11, 1997: Luis Polonia was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- May 10, 1997: Pete Laforest was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- December 9, 1997: Wade Boggs signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- December 16, 1997: Scott McClain was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- December 18, 1997: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- January 27, 1998: Dave Silvestri was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- January 27, 1998: Jerome Walton was signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
1996–97 MLB June drafts and minor league affiliates
The two expansion teams set to debut in 1998, the Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, had two full seasons to establish scouting and player development systems and were permitted to participate fully in the 1966 and 1997 Major League Baseball drafts. The Devil Rays drafted 29th in 1996 (when they selected 97 players overall) and 31st in 1997 (when they selected 92). The team began developing those players in a farm system with three minor-league affiliates in 1996 and five in 1997.
Among the players selected and signed by Tampa Bay from those drafts were pitcher Dan Wheeler (34th round, 1996), catcher Toby Hall (ninth, 1997), infielder Jared Sandberg (16th, 1996) and outfielder Alex Sánchez (fifth, 1996).
1996 farm system
|A-Short Season||Hudson Valley Renegades||New York–Penn League||Bump Wills|
|Rookie||Butte Copper Kings||Pioneer League||Tom Foley|
|Rookie||GCL Devil Rays||Gulf Coast League||Bill Evers|
1997 farm system
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Petersburg
- 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.
Opening Day starters
- Wilson Álvarez
- Wade Boggs
- Miguel Cairo
- John Flaherty
- Mike Kelly
- Dave Martinez
- Quinton McCracken
- Fred McGriff
- Paul Sorrento
- Kevin Stocker
|New York Yankees||114||48||0.704||—||62–19||52–29|
|Boston Red Sox||92||70||0.568||22||51–30||41–40|
|Toronto Blue Jays||88||74||0.543||26||51–30||37–44|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||63||99||0.389||51||33–48||30–51|
Record vs. opponents
1998 American League Records
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- May 26, 1998: Jerome Walton was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- 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.
- July 1, 1998: Josías Manzanillo was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
|1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
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Starters by position
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
Awards and honors
1998 MLB All-Star Game
- Rolando Arrojo, Pitcher
- 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)
- Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Jason Standridge Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Kenny Kelly Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Wade Boggs Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Aubrey Huff Statistics Baseball-Reference.com