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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #104-101

“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”

-Jane Austen

In our continuing efforts to preserve and protect the full, proud history of our proud, great and dominant franchise, and to hagiographize the many, many valiant warriors who have contributed to that proud history, every Friday we’ll be counting down The Top 177* Devil Rays Ever….

The 104th, 103rd, 102nd and 101st Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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104. Ben “Zorilla” Zobrist SS/OF/2B/3B (2006-Present)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: April 28 2009, Tropicana Field, bottom of the 6th, hit a pinch-hit grand slam that turned a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 win over the White Sox
  • DEVIL RAY STATS (through May 13 2009): 172 Games 60 Runs 126 Hits 24 Doubles 4 Triples 20 HR 71 RBI 9 SB 47 BB
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 7 Games 1 Hit 2 BB
  • His 3 Career Grand Slams Are Tied For The Devil Rays Record (with Carlos Pena)
  • In 2008, led all Major League middle infielders with a 16.5 AB/HR ratio (min. 10 HR), finishing ahead of Dan Uggla (16.6), Hanley Ramirez (17.9) and Chase Utley (18.4)
  • Combined with Dioner Navarro on the first “2-6-2″ triple play in Major League history (September 2 2006, vs. Seattle); was also the 2nd Triple Play in Devil Ray history
  • The last visiting player to hit a grand slam at That Old Dump In The Bronx (off Sidney Ponson, September 13 2008, Game 2)
  • Co-AL Player of the Week Last Week of 2008
  • First Major League hit was a single off Curt Schilling (August 4 2006)
  • Had an awesome mohawk

103. Mike Kelly OF/DH (1998)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: August 29 1998, Tiger Stadium, homered twice and drove in 4 runs to power a 10-6 Devil Ray triumph over Detroit
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 106 Games 39 Runs 67 Hits 11 Doubles 2 Triples 10 HR 33 RBI 13 SB 22 BB

102. Trever Miller P (2004-2005, 2008)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: September 10 2008, Fenway Park, worked a perfect bottom of the 13th to earn the victory as the Devil Rays extended their lead to 2.5 games over the second-place Red Sox
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 189 Games 5 Wins 3.75 ERA 3 Saves 136.2 Innings Pitched 122 Strikeouts 119 ERA+
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 6 Games 1.2 Innings Pitched 2 Strikeouts 12.0 K/9
  • In 2008, recorded the last two outs in the win over Minnesota that clinched the Devil Rays first ever postseason berth
  • Ranks 4th on the Devil Rays career appearances list (188), most by a lefty
  • His 68 Appearances in 2008 are tied for 4th on the Devil Rays Single Season List
  • One of only two Devil Rays to make 60 or more appearances in 3 different seasons (joining Roberto “No Mas” Hernandez)
  • His gorgeous mohawk was ranked the top Rayhawk by Big League Stew’s David Brown (and a Big League thank you to ‘Duk for digging up a bigger photo for us to use up top)

101. Felix Martinez SS/2B (2000-2001)

  • DEVIL RAY STATS: September 4 2001, Safeco Field, 2 outs, top of the 10th, his RBI single gives the Devil Rays the lead and sparks a 6-run explosion in an 8-3 triumph over the Mariners
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 183 Games 66 Runs 118 Hits 24 Doubles 5 Triples 3 HR 31 RBI 15 SB 42 BB

Previously….

#177: Kevin “Witter” Witt
#176: Damion Easley
#175: Jason Smith
#174: Justin Ruggiano
#173: Dwight Gooden
#172: Danny Clyburn
#171: Delvin James
#170: Steve Parris
#169: Pete LaForest
#168: Terry Shumpert
#167: Jon Switzer
#166: Chris Singleton
#165: David Lamb
#164: Ozzie Guillen
#163: Jason Standridge
#162: Brook Fordyce
#161: Midre Cummings
#160: Tomas Perez
#159: Juan Salas
#158: Felix Escalona
#157: Mark Guthrie
#156: Scott Aldred
#155: Scott Dohmann
#154: Rusty Meacham
#153: Javier Valentin
#152: Brian Stokes
#151: Chad Harville
#150: Shawn Riggans
#149: Fernando Perez
#148: Carlos Reyes
#147: Nick Bierbrodt
#146: Jorge Velandia
#145: Robert Fick
#144: Paul Abbott
#143: Dan “The Missile” Miceli
#142: Steve Kent
#141: Josh Paul
#140: Antonio Perez
#139: Brandon Backe
#138: Jason Johnson
#137: Chad Gaudin
#136: Andy Sheets
#135: Shawn Camp
#134: Vinny Castilla
#133: Russell Branyan
#132: Raul Casanova
#131: Josh Phelps
#130: Korean Sensation Jae Weong Seo
#129: Jeff Wallace
#128: Terrell Lowery
#127: Norm Charlton
#126: Alan “Al” Levine
#125: Al Martin
#124: The Lethal Weapon Gary Glover
#123: Rich Butler
#122: Brian Meadows
#121: Joe Borowski
#120: Elijah Dukes
#119: Chad Orvella
#118: Josh Wilson
#117: Troy Percival
#116: Tony Graffanino
#115: Geoff Blum
#114: Joey Gathright
#113: Herb Perry
#112-109: Alex Sanchez, Rey Ordonez, Rey Sanchez, & Jason Conti
#108-105: Hideo Nomo, Eduardo Perez, Dave Eiland & Travis Phelps

The Top 25 Devil Rays Ever (in advent calendar form)

*Based on players’ entire Devil Ray careers and regardless of position. Special thanks to B&C’s Robotto Clemente for crunching the numbers.

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