In 1998, 42 different players played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in their inaugural season. And 16 years later, Miguel Cairo was the only player from that team still playing in the big leagues. That is, until he retired today and took a job in the Cincinnati Reds front office (via Hardball Talk).
Does this officially close the door on that 1998 Devil Rays squad? Sorta.
Julio Santana, who started 19 games for the Devil Rays that season, and who hadn’t pitched professionally since 2006, pitched in nine games last year for Rockland in the Independent Canadian-American Association. Also, Estaban Yan, a reliever for the Devil Rays in 1998, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006, made 22 starts last year for Saltillo of the Mexican League.
So, I think it is safe to say that we will never see another member of the 1998 Devil Rays play in the big leagues.
(Thanks, Ken, for the head’s up)