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!