Christmas music makes me want to punch someone in the c***. But I do kind of miss advent calendars. Therefore, as my gift to our readers and to all the children of the world, I proudly offer the All-Time Greatest Devil Rays Virtual Advent Calendar….
Every day up till Christmas we will reveal another of the Top 25 Greatest Devil Rays Of All-Time*, and on Christmas Morning, we will unveil the Greatest Devil Ray Of All — The Devil Ray Christ Child….
The 11th Greatest Devil Ray Ever is….
Carlos Pena (2007-present)
- First Devil Ray To Win a Silver Slugger (2007)
- First Devil Ray To Win a Gold Glove (2008)
- Won 2007 AL Comeback Player Of The Year
- Homered in all three 2008 ALCS games at Fenway Park
- Finished 9th in the AL MVP voting in 2007 and 2008
- Named Devil Rays Team MVP in 2007
- Shattered the Devil Rays single-season HR record with 46 in 2007 (previous record was 34 by Jose Canseco and Aubrey Huff); was also 2nd in the AL
- His 31 home runs in 2008 rank 5th on Devil Rays single-season list
- Led the AL in AB/HR ratio in 2007 (10.7), and was 5th in 2008 (15.8)
- Also broke the Devil Rays single-season RBI record in 2007 with 121; followed that up with 102 RBI in 2008, which ranks 7th on Devil Rays single-season list
- His .627 slugging percentage in 2007 is another Devil Rays single-season record
- Owns the Devil Rays single-season OBP record (.411 in 2007), and followed that with .377 in 2008, ranking 5th
- Owns the Devil Rays single-season walk record (103 in 2007), and the third-highest single-season total (96 in 2008)
- Broke the longest-standing Devil Rays record by driving in 7 runs in a 17-2 win over the Orioles at historic Tropicana Field on September 5, 2007 (Paul Sorrento had driven in 6 on May 3, 1998)
- Also one of only 3 Devil Rays to have a 6 RBI game, vs. the O’s April 11 2008 at The Trop
- In 2007, was in the top 10 in the AL in SLG (2nd), OPS+ (2nd, 172), OPS (3rd, 1.037), BB, RBI (4th) OBP (5th), XBH (5th, 76), and Total Bases (8th)
- In 2008, was in the top 10 in the AL in BB (5th, 96), HBP (5th, 12), OBP (9th), and RBI (10th)
- Tied the club record (Jorge Cantu in 2005) for most multi-HR games in a single season (4)
- Struck a catwalk 5 times (3-C, 2-B) in 2007, most by any player in any season
- His 77 career HR rank 3rd on the Devil Rays career list
- Rank 3rd on the Devil Rays career walk list (199)
- His 99 runs in 2007 rank 3rd on the Devil Rays single-season list
- Rank 5th on the Devil Rays career RBI list (223)
- His 29 RBI in September 2007 set a Devil Rays record for RBI in any month
There have only been 10 Devil Rays greater than Carlos Pena. There are only 10 more days until Christmas. Tune in tomorrow as we reveal the 10th Greatest Devil Ray Ever.
Previously on All-Time Greatest Devil Rays Advent Calendar….
Day 1: #25 Rolando Arrojo
Day 2: #24 Paul Wilson
Day 3: #23 Akinori Iwamura
Day 4: #22 Jonny Gomes
Day 5: #21 Mark Hendrickson
Day 6: #20 Joe Kennedy
Day 7: #19 Tanyon Sturtze
Day 8: #18 Matt Garza
Day 9: #17 John Flaherty
Day 10: #16 Albie Lopez
Day 11: #15 Esteban Yan
Day 12: #14 Ryan Rupe
Day 13: #13 Travis Harper
Day 14: #12 Victor Zambrano
*We previously named an All-Time Greatest Devil Rays team position-by-position based on single-season performance, but this is based on players’ entire Devil Ray careers and regardless of position. Special thanks to Robotto Clemente for crunching the numbers to come up with this list.