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December 25, 2008 at 1:11 am ET
All-Time Greatest Devil Rays Advent Calendar 25: THE Devil Rays Christ Child

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 Devil Rays Christ Child, The Greatest Devil Ray Ever is….

Carl Demonte Crawford (2002-present)

  • Devil Rays Career Leader in AVG (.293), Hits (1111); Steals (302); Extra-Base Hits (311); Total Bases (1646); Triples (84); Runs (559); Games (925); AB (3786); PA (4054)
  • Tied All-Time Major League Postseason Record for hits in a game (went 5-for-5 in Game 4 of the 2008 ALCS at Fenway)
  • First Devil Ray to homer in a World Series Game (2008, Game One)
  • First Devil Ray to homer in an All-Star Game (2007)
  • First Devil Ray to appear in two All-Star Games (2004, 2007)
  • Led the AL in Steals four times (2003-2004, 2006-2007) and in Triples three times (2004-2006)
  • First Devil Ray to have two .300 seasons
  • Holds Devil Rays Single-Season Record for Batting Average (.315 in 2007); also has the 4th, 5th and 9th best seasons
  • Holds Devil Rays Single-Season Record for Stolen Bases (59 in 2004); also has the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th highest totals
  • Holds Devil Rays Single-Season Record for Runs (104 in 2004); also has the 2nd, 4th and 9th highest totals
  • Holds Devil Rays Single-Season Record for Triples (19 in 2004); also has 6 of the top 7 seasons in club history
  • In a 10-8 win at Toronto May 24 2006, set Devil Rays single-game records for Steals and Run Scored (4 SB, 5 R) and tied record for hits (5)
  • Set Devil Rays record for hits in any month (50, August 2007)
  • Set Devil Rays record for consecutive multi-hit games (7, June 19-26 2004)
  • Ranks in The Top 10 Devil Rays career leaders in RBI (434, 2nd); Doubles (157, 2nd); SLG (.435, 3rd); HR (70, 4th); OPS (.765, 4th); BB (196, 4th); OBP (.330, 5th)
  • Ranks In The Top 10 Devil Rays single-season leaders in Hits (194 in 2005, 2nd; 185 in 2004, 4th; 184 in 2007, tied 5th; 183 in 2006, 7th) and Doubles (37 in 2007, tied 7th)
  • Co-Winner of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum James “Cool Papa” Bell Legacy Award in 2003 and 2004
  • Named Devil Rays Team MVP in 2004 and 2006
  • Batted a team-high .388 during the Devil Rays record 12-game winning streak in 2004

Happy Holidays Devil Ray Town!

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
Day 15: #11 EGDC Carlos Pena
Day 16: #10 B.J. Upton
Day 17: #9 TMOTMCC James Shields
Day 18: #8 Randy Winn
Day 19: #7 Toby Hall
Day 20: #6 Rocco Baldelli
Day 21: #5 Julio Lugo
Day 22: #4 The Crime Dog Fred McGriff
Day 23: #3 Scott Kazmir
Day 24: #2 Aubrey Huff

*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.

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5 Responses to “All-Time Greatest Devil Rays Advent Calendar 25: THE Devil Rays Christ Child”
  1. Doug TIM says:

    Clearly the best Tampa player ever (how come you’re calling them the DEVIL Rays?), good hitter, better defender, elite baserunner, played in Tampa his whole career.

    Surprised Huff was #2, Pena was so low (he’s only been there for two years, but they were two of the best seasons in the team’s history), and that Longoria didn’t turn up.

  2. brian hall says:

    I was hoping for Wade Boggs, oh well. Merry Christmas chalk.

  3. Barry BO says:

    How on earth does Matt Garza make the list over Evan Longoria? Evan would have most likely led the team in HR and possibly RBIs if he didn’t fracture his wrist in the middle of the season. However, that didn’t stop him from becoming the 2008 American League Rookie of the Year.

    If Mark Hendrickson and Victor Zambrano make it, then Longoria definitely deserves a spot among the great Tampa luminaries of all time.

  4. X-Factor says:

    Where’s CantĂș?

  5. Chalk says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Hall and the rest of y’all.
    As to Cantu and E-Love and the rest of your favorite Devil Rays….
    a) these rankings were based on a combination of stats weighted for longevity.
    Garza was the only one-year Devil Ray to crack the top 25 and I think a good argument could be made for him being more valuable than our good friend E-Love Evan Longoria.
    But coming soon in 2009, we will reveal the Top 177 Devil Rays of All-Time so you’ll get to see for yourselves where Longoria, Cantu and 125 of your other favorite Devil Rays rank according to Robotto Clemente’s mathematizing. Merry Christmas. happy Holidays. Happy New YEars. God bless us everyone.

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