TALE OF THE TAPE

World Series: Philadelphia Phillies v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

Tale Of The Tape: 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Vs 2014 Tampa Bay Rays

As bad as things might seem to look for your Tampa Bay Rays this season so far — 13 and 1/2 games out of first in the AL East, 27th in the majors in runs, 23rd in batting average, etc, etc — do their current woes put them in a position to be fairly compared with what was without question the worst Tampa Bay MLB team to play at Tropicana Field to date, the 2002 Hal McRae-managed Devil Rays? After all, that team only managed to win 55 games all season, and it ended up being McRae’s only full season as manager before he was shuffled off to a Devil Rays front office job. They were historically bad — in fact, ESPN ranked that team #16 on their 2044 list of All-Time Worst Pro Teams.

 

So are this year’s Rays really THAT bad? Let’s see what the tape has to say about who really was worse!

2002 Devil Rays
2014 Rays
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Record
21-43 on June 13, 2002
Winner 25-42 on June 13, 2014
Manager
Hal McRae - 1 1/2 seasons as Devil Rays manager, went 111-196
Winner Joe Maddon - 9 seasons as Rays manager, currently 702-662
Team Batting Average
Winner .253 in 2002 - 11th out of 14 American League teams
.242 currently in 2014- 13th out of 15 American League teams
Runs Scored
673 total in 2002
242 so far in 2014

The Winner Is

Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Winner 2014 Rays
2 out of 4

2014 Rays are still the better team ... for now, but if this misery continues for the 2014 Rays, we may have to revisit this Tale of the Tape at the end of September!

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