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RAYS TIMELINE
1995-1997 | 1998-2000 | 2001-2003 | 2004-Present
Timeline 2001-2003
2001  - January 8: The Devil Rays acquire outfielder Ben Grieve and cash from Oakland in three-team, nine-player deal, sending pitcher Roberto Hernandez to Kansas City and pitcher Cory Lidle to Oakland.

February 6: The Rays unveil new uniforms at a "fashion show" at Baywalk in downtown St. Petersburg.

April 18: Larry Rothschild, who compiled a 205-294 record in three-plus seasons as manager, is fired and replaced by bench coach Hal McRae. McRae agrees to a four- year contract through the 2003 season.

Lee May also replaces Jose Cardenal as first base coach. Darren Daulton moves from catching instructor to bullpen coach. First base coach Terry Collins becomes third base coach with former third base coach Billy Hatcher becoming the bench coach.

Boston takes a 9-1 victory at Tropicana Field in McRae's first game at the helm.

April 19: Right-handed pitcher Travis Phelps makes his Major League debut at Tropicana Field, working two scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox. Phelps, drafted in the 89th round of the 1996 draft, becomes the lowest-selected player to ever reach the big leagues.

April 21: Hal McRae earns his first victory as manager with a 6-5 win over Baltimore at Tropicana Field.

May 22: The Devil Rays hire John McHale, Jr. as the club's first chief operating officer. McHale comes to the Rays after serving as chief executive officer for the Detroit Tigers from 1995-2001.

June 5: The Devil Rays select right-handed pitcher Dewon Brazelton with the #3 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Brazelton went 13-1 with a 1.44 ERA in 14 starts during his junior season at Middle Tennessee State. The six-foot-four-inch, 215 pound right-hander struck out 148 batters while walking just 22 over 119 innings. He also went 6-0 with a 0.65 ERA for Team USA.

July 25: The Devil Rays acquire left-handed pitcher Nick Bierbrodt, outfielder Jason Conti and cash considerations from Arizona in exchange for right-handed pitcher Albie Lopez and catcher Mike DiFelice.

July 27: The Devil Rays acquire right-handed pitcher Manny Aybar and a player to be named later (infielder Jason Smith) from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for first baseman Fred McGriff and cash considerations.

August 4: Glenn Ezell is named bullpen coach, replacing Darren Daulton, who resigns for personal reasons.

August 25: The Devil Rays sign first-round draft pick Dewon Brazelton to a four-year, $4.8 million major league contract.

September 11: Major League Baseball postpones all scheduled games for a week after terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and western Pennsylvania.

October 7: The Devil Rays are shut out 1-0 by the New York Yankees to finish the season with a 62-100 mark - the club's first 100-loss season. Pitching coach Bill Fischer is dismissed before the season's final game.

October 25: Former Rays player and future Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs resigns as hitting coach. Tom Foley is promoted to third base coach from his position as minor league field coordinator, replacing Terry Collins. Jackie Brown is named pitching coach.

November 14: Former Major League catcher Milt May becomes the Rays' fourth hitting coach, replacing Wade Boggs.

November 19: The Devil Rays hire Cam Bonifay as director of player personnel. Bonifay, who served the past eight seasons as senior vice president and general manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will oversee all of the club's scouting and player development as well as assist GM Chuck LaMar at the Major League level in this newly created position.

2002  - April 2-4: The Rays open their season with a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field. It is the best start in the team's five-year history.

April 25-May 10: The Rays lose a franchise record 15 games in a row. In the first loss, 6-2 to Minnesota, the Rays were one out from a victory. Stephen King was in the stands.

April 27: Derek Lowe of the Red Sox no-hits the Rays in a 10-0 win at Fenway Park. It is the first time Tampa Bay has been held without a hit.

May 11: Randy Winn ends the Rays' losing streak with a three-run, walk-off home run to beat the Orioles 6-4.

May 21: Joe Kennedy throws a shutout to beat the Mariners at Seattle. The 1-0 game ends a string of 186 straight games in which Rays starters had failed to go the distance, a Major League record.

June 11: Rookie third baseman Jared Sandberg hits two home runs in the fifth inning against the Dodgers, becoming the 39th player in Major League history to do so. Even Jared's uncle, Ryne Sandberg, never hit two homers in one inning.

July 20: Twenty-year-old outfielder Carl Crawford hits three triples in his first week in the Majors and becomes the first Tampa Bay player ever to accomplish that feat.

Sept. 30: Despite being recalled from Triple-A Durham on May 28, Aubrey Huff finishes with a rush and leads the team in batting average (.313), home runs (23), slugging percentage (.520), and on-base percentage (.364). He also falls just a few at-bats short of qualifying for the league batting championship. He would have finished seventh.

Sept. 30: The Rays finish 55-106 and last in the AL East for the fifth straight season.

Sept. 31: Hal McRae, just a few weeks short of two years as manager of the Rays, is moved into the front office as a special assistant to general manager Chuck LaMar.

Oct. 28: The Rays give Tampa native Lou Piniella a four-year, $13 million contract to be their third manager. The two-time AL Manager of the Year had asked out of the final year of his three-year deal with Seattle to work closer to his family. The Rays have to give up their only All-Star, Randy Winn, to Seattle to obtain the rights to negotiate with the Mariners, but the Rays get minor league infielder Antonio Perez in return.

2003  - April 30: Rays rookie Rocco Baldelli sets the major league record for most hits by a rookie through April with 40, surpassing Ichiro's mark of 39 set in 2001.

June 6: Rays select outfielder Delmon Young with the number one overall selection of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

July 15: Chad Gaudin tosses the first perfect game in Devil Rays organization history in game one of a doubleheader against Jacksonville (LA) in his first game with AA Orlando. The 34th round draft pick in 2001 out of Crescent City High School in Metairie, LA, struck out nine with no walks recording just the second perfect game in Southern League history.

Aug. 1: At 20 years, 4 months, Chad Gaudin becomes the youngest player in Rays history when he takes the hill for his major league debut at Kansas City.

Sept. 3: St. Petersburg native Doug Waechter throws a complete game, two-hit shutout against Seattle in his first big league start becoming the first Devil Ray and ninth American Leaguer since 1970 to accomplish the feat. He also becomes just the third major leaguer since 1970 to do it in his hometown. Jorge Sosa would follow the next night with a 1-0 complete game shutout over Seattle marking the first time in Rays history of back-to-back complete-game shutouts.

Sept. 11: Durham wins the International League title for the second straight year sweeping Pawtucket (Boston) three games to none. The Bulls become the 10th team in league history to win back-to-back Governor's Cups and the first to do so with a sweep in the finals in consecutive years.

Oct. 31: Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford is awarded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum James "Cool Papa" Bell Legacy Award for winning the AL stolen bases crown. With 55 steals, Carl became the 6th youngest to steal 50 bases in a season and the youngest since Montreal's Tim Raines in 1981.

1995-1997 | 1998-2000 | 2001-2003 | 2004-Present