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1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record63–99 (.389)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Vince Naimoli
General manager(s)Chuck LaMar
Manager(s)Larry Rothschild
Local televisionSportschannel Florida
WWWB
WTSP
(Joe Magrane, Dewayne Staats)
Local radioWFLA
(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.

Offseason

  • 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

Round 1

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 Bob 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 SFG TB

Round 2

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 LAD 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 José Paniagua RHP MON TB
52 Carlos Mendoza OF NYM TB
54 Ryan Karp LHP PHI TB
56 Santos Hernández RHP SFG TB

Round 3

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

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 1996 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

Level Team League Manager
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

Hudson Valley affiliation shared with Texas Rangers[11]

1997 farm system

Level Team League Manager
A St. Petersburg Devil Rays Florida State League Bill Evers
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Scott Fletcher
A-Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades New York–Penn League Julio García
Rookie Princeton Devil Rays Appalachian League Charlie Montoyo
Rookie GCL Devil Rays Gulf Coast League Bobby Ramos

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Petersburg

Regular season

  • March 31, 1998 – The Devil Rays played their inaugural game, as well as their first home game, against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers won 6-11 for an audience of 45,369 fans.[12]
  • April 1, 1998 – The Devil Rays enjoyed the first win in their franchise's history, an 11-8 comeback against the Tigers. Rolando Arrojo was the winning pitcher.[13]
  • 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.[14]

Opening Day starters

3 Quinton McCracken CF
13 Miguel Cairo 2B
12 Wade Boggs 3B
29 Fred McGriff 1B
24 Mike Kelly LF
44 Paul Sorrento DH
6 John Flaherty C
14 Dave Martinez RF
19 Kevin Stocker SS
40 Wilson Álvarez P

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
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
Baltimore Orioles 79 83 0.488 35 42–39 37–44
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 63 99 0.389 51 33–48 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1998 American League Records

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


Notable transactions

  • 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.[15]
  • July 1, 1998: Josías Manzanillo was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[8]

Citrus Series

The season series each year between the Devil Rays and the Florida Marlins has come to be known as the Citrus Series. In 1998, the Marlins won the series 3 games to 1.[16]

  • June 22 - Devil Rays vs Marlins: 2 – 3
  • June 23 - Devil Rays vs Marlins: 6 – 4
  • June 24 - Devil Rays @ Marlins: 4 – 8
  • June 25 - Devil Rays @ Marlins: 1 – 5

Roster

1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

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

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

[17]

Other batters

Player G AB H HR RBI Avg. SB
Wade Boggs 123 435 122 7 52 .280 3
Rich Butler 72 217 49 7 20 .226 4
Mike Difelice 84 248 57 3 23 .230 0
Mike Kelly 106 279 67 10 33 .240 13
Tim Laker 3 5 1 0 0 .200 0
Aaron Ledesma 95 299 97 0 29 .324 9
Scott McClain 9 20 2 0 0 .100 0
Kerry Robinson 2 3 0 0 0 .000 0
Dave Silvestri 8 14 1 0 0 .071 0
Bubba Trammell 59 199 57 12 35 .286 0
Jerome Walton 12 34 11 0 3 .324 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rolando Arrojo 32 202.0 14 12 3.56 152
Tony Saunders 31 192.1 6 15 4.12 172
Wilson Alvarez 25 142.2 6 14 4.73 107
Julio Santana 32 140.1 5 6 4.23 60
Dennis Springer 29 115.2 3 11 5.45 46
Bryan Rekar 16 86.2 2 8 4.98 55

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO Sv
Scott Aldred 48 31.1 0 0 3.73 21 0
Dan Carlson 10 17.2 0 0 7.64 16 0
Mike Duvall 3 4.0 0 0 6.75 1 0
Eddie Gaillard 6 7.2 0 0 5.87 5 0
Roberto Hernandez 67 71.1 2 6 4.04 55 26
Albie Lopez 54 79.2 7 4 2.60 62 1
Jim Mecir 68 84.0 7 2 3.11 77 0
Brad Pennington 1 0.0 0 0 inf 0 0
Matt Ruebel 7 8.2 0 2 6.23 6 0
Ramon Tatis 22 11.2 0 0 13.89 5 0
Rick White 38 68.2 2 6 3.80 39 0

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO Sv
Dave Eiland 1 2.2 0 1 20.25 1 0
Rick Gorecki 3 16.2 1 2 4.86 8 0
Jason Johnson 13 60.0 2 5 5.70 36 0
Terrell Wade 2 10.2 1 1 5.06 8 0

Game log

Game Log

Awards and honors

1998 MLB All-Star Game

  • Rolando Arrojo, Pitcher

Team leaders

  • 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

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
A-Short Season 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

[11][18]

References

  1. ^ Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Jason Standridge Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Kenny Kelly Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kellymi02.shtml
  6. ^ Wade Boggs Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mcclasc01.shtml
  8. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/manzajo01.shtml
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/silveda01.shtml
  10. ^ a b https://www.baseball-reference.com/w/waltoje01.shtml
  11. ^ a b Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  12. ^ "Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Devil Rays Box Score, March 31, 1998". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Devil Rays Box Score, April 1, 1998". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  14. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199806220TBA
  15. ^ Aubrey Huff Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  16. ^ "1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Schedule". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/TBD/1998.shtml
  18. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/affiliate.cgi?id=TBD&year=1998
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