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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #32-29

“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 32nd, 31st, 30th, and 29th Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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32. Tony Saunders P (1998-1999)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: May 15 1999, Anaheim, pitched 8 innings limiting the Angels to 3 hits, 2 walks and only a single unearned run while striking out 7; earned the victory in a 3-1 Devil Ray triumph
  • DEVIL RAY PITCHING STATS: 40 Games 9 Wins 40 Starts 2 Complete Games 234.1 Innings Pitched 202  Strikeouts 106 ERA+
  • DEVIL RAY HITTING STATS: 1 Game 2 Hits 1.000 BA 1.000 OBP 1.000 SLG 2.000 OPS 423 OPS+
  • Among the AL Leaders in 1998 in HR/9 (.702, 4th); K/9 (8.049, 5th); and Strikeouts (9th, 172)
  • Among the Devil Ray single-season leaders in Strikeouts (172, 1998, 4th); ERA (4.12, 1998, 7th); Starts (31, 1998, tied-8th); and Innings Pitched (1921.1, 1998; 10th)
  • Devil Rays First Pick in the 1997 Expansion Draft
  • The Tony Saunders Courage Award is named after him

31. Greg Vaughn DH/LF (2000-2002)

  • DEVIL RAY STATS: May 4 2000, Tropicana Field, with one out in the bottom of the 12th, hit a walkoff solo home run to cap a 4-for-6, 3 RBI night and an 8-7 Devil Ray triumph over Texas
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 332 Games 185 Runs 271 Hits 62 Doubles 3 Triples 60 HR 185 RBI 22 SB 192 BB
  • 2001 All-Star
  • Opening Day LF (2000-2001)
  • Opening Day DH (2002)
  • Tied a Devil Ray Record by drawing 4 walks in one game (June 3 2000)
  • Among the Devil Ray career leaders in Walks (196, 5th); HR (60, 6th); RBI (185, 10th); Runs Scored (185, 10th)
  • Among the Devil Ray single-season leaders in SLG (.499, 2000, 7th); BB (80, 2000, 7th; also 71, 2001, 10th); and HR (28, 2000, tied-7th)

30. Evan Longoria 3B/DH (2008-Present)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: October 2 2008, ALDS Game One, Tropicana Field; gave the Devil Rays their first postseason run and lead with a second-inning solo shot; then in the next inning, with his second swing of the game, hit another go-ahead solo shot to give the Devil Rays a 4-3 lead; added an RBI single in the 5th that provided the winning run in a 6-4 triumph over the White Sox for the franchise’s first playoff win
  • DEVIL RAY STATS (through September 2 2009): 249 Games 149 Runs 253 Hits 67 Doubles 2 Triples 53 HR 178 RBI 13 SB 103 BB .273 AVG .349 OBP .521 SLG .870 OPS 123 OPS+
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 16 Games 10 Runs 12 Hits 3 Doubles 6 HR 13 RBI 1 SB 5 BB
  • DEVIL RAY ALL-STAR STATS: 1 Hit 1 Double 1 RBI
  • Unanimous AL Rookie Of The Year (2008)
  • All-Star (2008, 2009)
  • Finished 11th in the AL MVP Voting in 2008
  • Set a Major League record for most HR in a postseason by a rookie (6, 2008)
  • Youngest player ever to hit 6 HR in one postseason
  • Tied the all-time record for HR in a single ALCS (4, 2008)
  • Also tied an ALCS record by homering in four consecutive ALCS Games (Games 2-5)
  • Homered on his first two postseason swings; second player in MLB history to homer in his first two postseason at-bats
  • Among the AL Leaders in 2008 in AB/HR (16.53, 7th) and SLG (8th, .531)
  • Signed the longest contract in Devil Ray history after six games in the Majors (April 18 2008)
  • Led all major league rookies in 2008 with 27 home runs, 85 RBI, a .531 slugging pct., 60 extra-base hits and 238 total bases
  • Youngest Devil Ray position player to make the All-Star team
  • Became the first rookie to collect an RBI in an All-Star Game in 36 years
  • Tied a Devil Ray record by hitting 3 HR in one game (September 18 2008)
  • Among the Devil Ray single-season leaders in SLG (.531, 2008, 5th) and HR (27, 2008, tied-9th)
  • First home run was a game-tying blast off rotund Yankees reliever Beefy Brian Bruney (April 14 2008)

29. Andy Sonnanstine P (2007-Present)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: October 6 2008, ALDS Game 4, Comiskey Park, limited the White Sox to 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4; earned the victory in the clinching game as the Devil Rays won their first ever postseason series
  • DEVIL RAY PITCHING STATS (through September 3 2009): 70 Games 25 Wins 70 Starts 1 Complete Game 1 Shutout 409.2 Innings Pitched 273 Strikeouts
  • DEVIL RAY HITTING STATS (through September 3 2009):  11 Games 6 Runs 7 Hits 1 Double 2 RBI 3 BB .333 BA .417 OBP 111 OPS+
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON PITCHING STATS: 3 Games 2 Wins 4.24 ERA 3 Starts 17.0 Innings Pitched 8 Strikeouts
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON BATTING STATS: 1 Game 1 Hit 1.000 AVG 1.000 OBP 1.000 SLG 2.000 OPS
  • Among the AL leaders in 2008 in BB/9 (6th, 1.722); Pitches Per Inning (7th, 15.1); and K/BB Ratio (8th, 3.351)
  • Set a Devil Ray record for most consecutive batters retired (17, August 7 2008, at Seattle)
  • Set a Devil Ray record by striking out 7 consecutive batters; occurred in his second MLB start and he also earned his first victory (June 10 2007, at Florida)
  • First Devil Ray pitcher to win 4 games in April (2008)
  • Quickest Devil Ray to 5 wins (May 6 2008, team’s 32nd game)
  • Tied a Devil Ray record in 2008 for most wins before the All-Star Break (10)
  • Tied Devil Ray record for most wins in first 50 Devil Ray starts (19)
  • Among the Devil Ray single-season leaders in Wins (13, 2008, tied-4th); Starts (32, 2008, tied-4th); Innings Pitched (193.1, 2008, 9th); ERA (4.38, 2008, 10th)
  • His first career shutout was the shortest game in Tropicana Field history (April 19 2008, 2 hours 2 minutes; 5-0 win over the White Sox); also tied a Devil Ray record by facing only 29 batters in a complete game
  • Second Devil Ray pitcher to hit safely in his first two at-bats (June 10 2007)

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
#100-97: Dan Johnson, David Price, Al “The Eraser” Reyes & Cliff “Dr. Huxtable” Floyd
#96-93: Nick Green, Tim Corcoran, Doug Creek & Dan Wheeler
#92-89: Jason Hammel, Jose Guillen, Dennis Springer & Cory Lidle
#88-85: Jared Sandberg, Russ Johnson, Gabe Gross & Jason Tyner
#84-81: Danys Baez, Julio Santana, Dewon Brazelton & Alex S. Gonzalez
#80-77: Bobby Smith, Damon Hollins, Greg Norton & Paul Sorrento
#76-73: Ruddy Lugo, John Halama, Seth McClung & Kevin Stocker
#72-69: Damian Rolls, J.P. Howell, Brent Abernathy & Jim Mecir
#68-65: Willy Aybar, Aaron Ledesma, Eric “Shitske” Hinske & Lance Carter
#64-61: Rob Bell, Steve Trachsel, Mike Difelice & Jeremi Gonzalez
#60-57: Chris Young, Delmon Young, Wade Boggs & Marlon Anderson
#56-53: Doug Waechter, Dave Martinez, Jason Bartlett & Roberto Hernandez
#52-49: Gerald “Ice” Williams, Bubba Trammel, Quinton McCracken & Rick White
#48-45: Jesus Colome, Jose Canseco, Bobby Witt & Dioner “The Fat Catcher” Navarro
#44-41: Grant Balfour, Tino Martinez, Ty Wigginton & Jorge Sosa
#40-37: Edwin Jackson, Brendan Harris, Casey Fossum & Jose Cruz Jr.
#36-33: Steve Cox, Bryan Rekar, Jorge Cantu & Travis Lee

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

*Based on players’ entire Devil Ray careers (through 2008, 2009 not included) and regardless of position. Special thanks to B&C’s Robotto Clemente for crunching the numbers.

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