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Tampa Bay Rays: The Early Years

Test your baseball knowledge of the Tampa Bay Rays: The Early Years.  Get up to bat in this Alan's FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) On March 9, 1995, new expansion franchises were awarded to Tampa Bay group and a group from Phoenix (the Arizona Diamondbacks).  The new franchises were scheduled to begin play in 1998.  Who was the founding owner of the American League baseball franchise in St. Petersburg, Florida, now known as the Tampa Bay Rays?

  • Vince Naimoli
  • Matthew Silverman
  • Rubin Aaron
  • James Garner

2) On November 7, 1997, who was named the team's first manager.

  • Carl Crawford
  • Gabe Kapler
  • Larry Rothschild
  • B. J. Upton

3) The 1997 MLB Expansion Draft who was the first the first Tampa Bay player picked?

  • Stan Boroski
  • Tom Foley
  • George Hendrick
  • Tony Saunders

4) Who did they play on March 31, 1998 as the first regular season game played in Tampa Bay?

  • Detroit Tigers
  • New York Yankees
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Boston Red Sox

5) Who lead the team in 1998 with a .292 Batting Average?

  • Wade Boggs
  • Quinton McCracken
  • Randy Winn
  • Mike Tomlin

6) Rolando Arrojo, Pitcher was selected to the 1998 MLB All-Star Game

  • True or False?

7) How many games did they win in their first season?

  • 33
  • 43
  • 53
  • 63

8) On December 9, 1997: Wade Boggs signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay.

  • True or False?

9) June 22, 1998: The first interleague game between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took place at Tropicana Field. The rivalry would be known as the Orange Series.

  • True or False?

10) Who lead the team with 19 home runs and 81 RBIs?

  • Miguel Cairo
  • Aaron Ledesma
  • Scott McClain
  • Fred McGriff

Check Your Answers

Tampa Bay Rays (The Early Years) [Answers]

  1. Vince Naimoli
  2. Larry Rothschild
  3. Tony Saunders
  4. Detroit Tigers
  5. Quinton McCracken
  6. True
  7. 63
  8. True
  9. False. The rivalry would be known as the Citrus Series.
  10. Fred McGriff

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