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End of an era: 1914-2008St. Pete's spring fling

St. Pete's spring fling, 1998 and 1999

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS

Faces: Manager Larry Roths-child, 3B Wade Boggs

W-L: 63-99, fifth place

The new-born Rays open their inaugural camp as the first team to train at home in the modern era, and it's quickly obvious things will never be the same. Then owner Vince Naimoli creates immediate controversy about the long quest for baseball, saying, "There is no one but me who got the team."

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS

Faces: DH Jose Canseco, 1B Fred McGriff (current Rays adviser)

W-L: 69-93, fifth place

Spring starts ominously with news that 1998 team MVP Quinton McCracken (yes, that's right) hurt his knee during the offseason. The other big news was GM Chuck LaMar's first trade in nearly 17 months (496 days), swapping RHP Jason Johnson to the Orioles for OF Danny Clyburn.

Our daily look at the history of spring training in St. Petersburg.

St. Pete's spring fling, 1998 and 1999 03/22/08 [Last modified: Sunday, March 23, 2008 11:04pm]
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