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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #100-97

“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 100th, 99th, 98th and 97th Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….


100. Dan Johnson PH/1B/OF (2008)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: September 9 2008, Fenway Park, made his Devil Ray debut as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 9th facing Jonathan Papelbon and led off the inning with a game-tying solo home run; three batters later, Dioner Navarro’s RBI double put the Devil Rays ahead for good, increasing the Devil Rays lead over second-place Boston to 1.5 games
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 10 Games 3 Runs 5 Hits 2 HR 4 RBI 3 BB
  • Before the pinch-hit home run off Papelbon, had been 0-for-15 lifetime as a pinch-hitter

99. David Price P (2008)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: October 19 2008, Tropicana Field, ALCS Game 7, entered in the 8th with 2 outs and the bases loaded to protect a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox; struck out J.D. Drew to end the inning, then worked a hitless 9th to earn his first MLB save and send the Devil Rays to their first World Series
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 5 Games 1 Start 1.93 ERA 14.0 Innings Pitched 12 Strikeouts 0.929 WHIP 230 ERA+
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 5 Games 1 Win 1 Save 1.59 ERA 5.2 Innings Pitched 8 Strikeouts  1.059 WHIP 119 ERA+

98. Al “The Eraser” Reyes P (2007-2008)

97. Cliff “Dr. Huxtable” Floyd DH (2008)

  • DEVIL RAY STATS: May 30 2008, Tropicana Field, in a battle of first place teams, led off the bottom of the 9th with a walkoff home run to give the Devil Rays a 2-1 win over the White Sox
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 80 Games 32 Runs 66 Hits 13 Doubles 11 HR 39 RBI 1 SB 28 BB 109 OPS+
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 7 Games 3 Runs 4 Hits 1 Double 1 HR 2 RBI
  • Won the Paul C. Smith Champion Award from the Tampa Bay BBWAA chapter for his professionalism on and off the field

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
#104-101: Ben “Zorilla” Zobrist, Mike Kelly, Trever Miller & Felix Martinez

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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