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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #48-45

“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 48th, 47th, 46th, and 45th Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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48. Jesus Colome (2001-2006)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: June 28 2001, Fenway Park, entered a tie game in the bottom of the 7th and retired the first 8 batters he faced, then after allowing a Brian Daubach double he struck out Lou Merloni to earn his first win in a 4-3 Devil Ray triumph over the Red Sox
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 186 Games 4 Wins 5 Saves 251 Innings Pitched 201 Strikeouts 3.43 ERA 142 ERA+
  • His 186 Appearances Are 5th-most in a Devil Ray Career
  • Tied for the Devil Ray lead in appearances in 2003 (54)
  • His 8 pitches over 100+ mph in 2004 were the most in the AL, and second-most in the Majors

47. Jose Canseco DH/LF (1999-2000)

  • DEVIL RAY STATS: June 2 1999, Oakland, was a double short of the cycle and drove in 4 with a 3-run home run and a game-tying 7th inning RBI triple, leading the Devil Rays to a 7-6 triumph over the A’s
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 174 Games 106 Runs 176 Hits 33 Doubles 1 Triple 43 HR 125 RBI 5 SB 99 BB .272 AVG .373 OBP .525 SLG .898 OPS 126 OPS+
  • 1999 All-Star
  • Set the Devil Ray single-season HR record with 34 bombs in 1999 (tied by Aubrey Huff in 2003, broken in 2007 by EGDC Carlos Pena)
  • Set a Devil Ray record by drawing 4 walks in one game (June 3 1999 in a win at Fenway, since tied 6 times)
  • Ranked 5th in the AL in AB/HR Ratio in 1999 (12.647)
  • Ranked 9th in the AL in SLG in 1999 (.563)
  • Ranks Among the Devil Rays Single Season Leaders in SLG (2nd, .563, 1999) RBI  (8th, 95, 1999) and OBP (9th, .369, 1999)
  • His 43 Home Runs Are 10th-most in a Devil Ray career

46. Bobby Witt P (1999)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: June 27 1999, Tropicana Field, shut out the Blue Jays, striking out 8 and allowing only 3 hits and 3 walks
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 32 Games 32 Starts 7 Wins 3 Complete Games 2 Shutouts 180.1 Innings Pitched 123 Strikeouts
  • Ranked 2nd in the AL in Shutouts in 1999
  • Among the Devil Rays Single-Season Leaders in Shutouts (2, tied-1st), Complete Games (3, tied-4th), and Starts (32, tied-4th)

45. Dioner “The Fat Catcher” Navarro C (2006-Present)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: September 16 2008, Tropicana Field, tagged Boston’s Justin Masterson in the 9th for a walk-off bases-loaded single over the head of CF Coco Crisp, scoring Jason Bartlett; the victory put the Devil Rays back on top of the AL East with a one game lead
  • DEVIL RAY STATS (through August 19 2009): 383 Games 148 Runs 328 Hits 67 Doubles 2 Triples 27 HR 147 RBI 7 SB 97 BB
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 16 Games 4 Runs 17 Hits 4 Doubles 5 RBI 4 BB .293 AVG
  • DEVIL RAY ALL-STAR STATS: 1 Game 1 Hits 1 BB .250 AVG .400 OBP
  • First Devil Ray Catcher to be named an All-Star (2008)
  • Led the Devil Rays in postseason batting average in 2008
  • Caught every inning of all 16 Devil Rays postseason games in 2008
  • First catcher in major league history to start and finish a triple play; he and Ben “Zorilla” Zobrist teamed up for the first-ever “2-6-2″ triple play in major league history (September 2 2006 vs. Mariners); also the second triple play in Devil Ray history
  • First Devil Ray to hit a Grand Slam in extra innings (May 8 2008, at Toronto, in the 13th, off former Devil Ray Shawn Camp)
  • Set Single-Season Devil Rays Records in 2008 for Hits by a Catcher (126), Doubles by a Catcher (27), Walks by a Catcher (34), Batting Average by a Catcher (.295), and OBP by a Catcher (.349)
  • Holds the Devil Ray record for most career bunt singles by a catcher (7)
  • Finished the Devil Rays first-ever back-to-back-to-back home runs (followed Evan Longoria and Willy Aybar (June 9 2009 at Anaheim)
  • Tied a Devil Rays record by throwing out three attempted base stealers in one game (July 16 2006 vs. Angels)
  • Ranked 3rd in the Majors in 2008 in CS% (25/70, 35.7%)
  • Was 5th in the AL in 2006 in CS% (18/50, 36.0%)

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

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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