Yesterday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays became the 29th franchise in baseball history to lose 1,000 games. And it only took 10 years and 73 days, easily out-distancing the Arizona Diamondbacks who now stand at 853-833 and bettering the previous mark by 10 days. The San Diego Padres needed 10 years and 83 days to reach 1,000.
We will admit that this is easier to swallow now that the Rays are fielding a winning ballclub. However, there is something to be said about losing 1,000 games in less than 10.5 seasons. Of course, their all-time record is so bad, the Rays would have to average 90 wins for the next 17 years to reach the .500 mark in 2026.
Thank goodness for this season’s turnaround. The Rays were on pace to catch the Phillies record of 10,000 losses in September.
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