Orlando Rays/1998

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1998 Orlando Rays
City:  Orlando, FL
Class:  Double-A
League:  Southern League
Division:  East
Ballpark:  Tinker Field
Attendance:  144,126[1]
Record:  70-68
Owner/Operator:  Tampa Bay Devil Rays
General Manager:  Tom Ramsberger
Manager:  Dan Rohn[2]
Coaches:  Henry Cotto[3]
Pat Rice[2]

In 1998, the Orlando Rays were officially affiliated with the Seattle Mariners, although the team was owned and operated by Tampa Bay. Operations as a full Devil Rays affiliate in the Double-A Southern League wouldn't begin until the 1999 season[4] (the last classification to be on-board for Tampa Bay). However, under the terms of Orlando's player development contract with Seattle, the Devil Rays could assign up to four players to the O-Rays' roster at a time.[5]


The following players from the Tampa Bay organization spent time with Orlando during the 1998 season[6]:


Position Players


  1. "Attendance (1998-2010)". The Official Site of the Southern League. Southern League of Professional Baseball. http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/league1/page.jsp?ymd=20070221&content_id=180646&vkey=league1_l111&fext=.jsp&sid=l111. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kauffman, Scott (December 12, 1997). "Rohn New Manager Of O-rays". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1997-12-12/sports/9712110894_1_rohn-chicago-cubs-devil-rays. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  3. Brady, Colin (May 10, 1998). "3 O-rays Slug 2 Rbis Each In 9-6 Win Over Lookouts". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1998-05-10/sports/9805110396_1_holbert-rays-inning. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  4. Didtler, Mark (October 8, 1997). "Mariners Join O-rays For '98". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1997-10-08/sports/9710080092_1_devil-rays-seattle-mariners-cubs. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  5. Kauffman, Scott (April 2, 1998). "O-rays Will Have Seattle Flavor". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1998-04-02/sports/9804020392_1_tampa-bay-devil-devil-rays-rays-players. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  6. Simpson, Allan, ed (1998). Baseball America's 1999 Almanac. Durham, NC: Baseball America. p. 234. ISBN 0-945164-08-4. 

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