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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #40-37

“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 40th, 39th, 38th, and 37th Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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40. Edwin Jackson P (2006-2008)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: August 28 2008, Tropicana Field, limited the Blue Jays to a single run over 7+ to earn the victory as the first-place Devil Rays improved to 81-51
  • DEVIL RAY PITCHING STATS: 87 Games 63 Starts 19 Wins 1 Complete Game 1 Shutout 380.2 Innings Pitched 263 Strikeouts
  • DEVIL RAY BATTING STATS: 6 Games 1 Hit 1 BB .286 OBP
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 3 Games 2.08 ERA 4.1 Innings Pitched 5 Strikeouts
  • Set the Devil Rays record for consecutive scoreless innings by a starter (20, May 8-18 2008)
  • Tied the Devil Rays record for victories in a season (14, 2008)
  • Tied for 8th on the Devil Rays single-season Games Started list (31, 2007 and 2008)
  • Among the Devil Rays career leaders in Starts (63, tied-8th) and Wins (tied-10th, 19)

39. Brendan Harris SS/2B/3B (2007)

  • DEVIL RAY STATS: May 5 2007, Tropicana Field, in the bottom of the 12th inning, hit a walkoff RBI single to give the Devil Rays a 3-2 triumph over Oakland
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 137 Games 72 Runs 149 Hits 35 Doubles 3 Triples 12 HR 59 RBI 4 SB 42 BB .286 AVG 106 OPS+
  • Tied a Devil Ray record by drawing four walks in one game (August 30 2007)
  • Hit .345 in 2007 vs. left-handed pitching (49-142), tied for 4th best in the AL; also the 2nd-best avg. vs. southpaws in Devil Ray history (behind only Randy Winn)
  • Seventh Devil Ray to homer in his first official Devil Ray at-bat (April 7 2007, 3-run shot off Toronto’s Tomo Ohka)

38. Casey Fossum P (2005-2007)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: July 14 2005, SkyDome, pitched 7.2 shutout innings, striking out 4, walking none and allowing only 4 hits to earn the victory in a 3-0 triumph over the Blue Jays
  • DEVIL RAY PITCHING STATS: 101 Games 60 Starts 19 Wins 368.2 Innings Pitched 269 Strikeouts
  • Ranked 8th in the AL in 2005 in K/9 Ratio (7.082)
  • Led the Devil Rays in Starts in 2006 (25)
  • Led the Devil Rays in opponents batting average in 2005 (.241)
  • From 2005-2007, only Scott Kazmir won more games as a Devil Ray
  • Seventh Devil Ray to strike out 10 or more batters in a game (June 14 2005 vs. Milwaukee)
  • Tied for 10th on the Devil Rays career victory list (19)

37. Jose Cruz Jr. RF/CF (2004)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: June 9 2004, Tropicana Field, on his own bobble head night, hits a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to give the Devil Rays a 4-3 triumph over the Giants; the victory is the first of a team record 12 consecutive wins
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 153 Games 76 Runs 132 Hits 25 Doubles 8 Triples 21 HR 78 RBI 11 SB 76 BB 101 OPS+
  • Broke the Devil Rays record for most home runs in a season by a switch hitter (21, 2004)
  • Set a Devil Rays record for consecutive extra-base hits (5, May 21-22 2004)
  • Was Among The AL Leaders in 2004 in Triples (8, 6th) and Walks (76, 10th)
  • Tied the Devil Rays record for extra-base hits in a game (4, May 21 2004 vs. Cleveland)
  • Ranks 9th on the Devil Rays Single-Season walk list
  • Tied for 9th on the Devil Rays Career Triples list

Special thanks to Pat and Christin of patchristin.com for permission to use their photos.

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

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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