2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Season
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2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Season

2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Tropicana Field Opening Day 2002.jpg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record55-106 (.342)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Vince Naimoli
General manager(s)Chuck LaMar
Manager(s)Hal McRae
Local televisionFSN Florida
WMOR-TV
WTSP
(Joe Magrane, Dewayne Staats, Todd Kalas)
Local radioWFLA
(Paul Olden, Charlie Slowes)
WLCC
(Ricardo Tavares, Enrique Oliu)
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The 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays season was their fifth 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

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

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 103 58 0.640 -- 52-28 51-30
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574 10½ 42-39 51-30
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481 25½ 42-39 36-45
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 36½ 34-47 33-48
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342 48 30-51 25-55

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 103 58 0.640
Minnesota Twins 94 67 0.584
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636


W L Pct.
Anaheim Angels 99 63 0.611
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574
Chicago White Sox 81 81 0.500
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481
Cleveland Indians 74 88 0.457
Texas Rangers 72 90 0.444
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383
Detroit Tigers 55 106 0.342
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342

Record vs. opponents

2002 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 -- 7-2 3-4 6-3 6-3 8-1 6-3 4-5 3-4 9-11 9-10 8-1 12-7 7-2 11-7
Baltimore 2-7 -- 6-13 3-4 1-5 2-4 7-0 5-1 6-13 4-5 5-4 10-9 3-6 4-15 9-9
Boston 4-3 13-6 -- 2-4 5-4 5-4 4-2 3-3 9-10 6-3 4-5 16-3 4-3 13-6 5-13
Chicago 3-6 4-3 4-2 -- 9-10 12-7 11-8 8-11 2-4 2-7 5-4 4-3 5-4 4-2 8-10
Cleveland 3-6 5-1 4-5 10-9 -- 10-9 9-10 8-11 3-6 2-5 3-4 4-2 4-5 3-3 6-12
Detroit 1-8 4-2 4-5 7-12 9-10 -- 9-10 4-14 1-8 1-6 2-5 2-4 5-4 0-6 6-12
Kansas City 3-6 0-7 2-4 8-11 10-9 10-9 -- 5-14 1-5 1-8 3-6 4-2 7-2 3-4 5-13
Minnesota 5-4 1-5 3-3 11-8 11-8 14-4 14-5 -- 0-6 3-6 5-4 5-2 6-3 6-1 10-8
New York 4-3 13-6 10-9 4-2 6-3 8-1 5-1 6-0 -- 5-4 4-5 13-5 4-3 10-9 11-7
Oakland 11-9 5-4 3-6 7-2 5-2 6-1 8-1 6-3 4-5 -- 8-11 8-1 13-6 3-6 16-2
Seattle 10-9 4-5 5-4 4-5 4-3 5-2 6-3 4-5 5-4 11-8 -- 5-4 13-7 6-3 11-7
Tampa Bay 1-8 9-10 3-16 3-4 2-4 4-2 2-4 2-5 5-13 1-8 4-5 -- 4-5 8-11 7-11
Texas 7-12 6-3 3-4 4-5 5-4 4-5 2-7 3-6 3-4 6-13 7-13 5-4 -- 8-1 9-9
Toronto 2-7 15-4 6-13 2-4 3-3 6-0 4-3 1-6 9-10 6-3 3-6 11-8 1-8 -- 9-9


Opening Day starters

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

Notable transactions

  • 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

Citrus series

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

Batting

Starters by position

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

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

Starting pitchers

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

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

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

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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Durham[11]

References

  1. ^ https://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". Gainesville 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, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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