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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #52-49

“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 52nd, 51st, 50th, and 49th Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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52. Gerald “Ice” Williams OF/DH (2000-2001)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: August 1 2000, Tropicana Field, with the Devil Rays trailing by a run, faced Bob Wickman with the bases loaded and one out and hit a walkoff 2-RBI single to give the Devil Rays a 6-5 win over Cleveland
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 208 Games 117 Runs 221 Hits 47 Doubles 2 Triples 25 HR 106 RBI 22 SB 47 BB .298 AVG
  • Was among the AL Leaders in 2000 in At Bats (632, 4th) and Singles (120, 10th)
  • Punched Pedro Martinez (August 29, 2000)

51. Bubba Trammell OF/DH (1998-2000)

  • DEVIL RAY STATS: April 22 2000, Tropicana Field, in the bottom of the 10th with 2 outs and a man on second, pinch hit for Kevin Stocker and blasted a walkoff home run off Kent Mercker to give the Devil Rays an 11-9 win over the Angels
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 207 Games 96 Runs 191 Hits 48 Doubles 3 Triples 33 HR 107 RBI 3 SB 80 BB .285 AVG 121 OPS+
  • In 1998 Ranked among AL rookie leaders with 12 homers (tied-3rd), 1/16.5 HR/AB Ratio (3rd), 18 doubles (7th) and 31 extra-base hits (5th)
  • 2000 Opening Day Right Fielder

50. Quinton McCracken OF (1998-2000)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: June 9 1998, Shea Stadium, his 11th inning sac fly drove in the game-winning run, giving the Devil Rays a 5-4 win over the Mets
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 210 Games 102 Runs 220 Hits 44 Doubles 8 Triples 8 HR 79 RBI 25 SB 61 BB .277 AVG
  • Named first-ever Devil Rays MVP after the inaugural 1998 season
  • Scored the first Devil Ray run in the inaugural Opening Day game
  • Set records for most hits (179) and outfield assists (18) by a player on a first-year expansion team; also tied record for longest hitting streak (18 games)
  • His 18-game hitting streak stood as the Devil Rays record for over a decade
  • Named AL co-Player of the Week the first week of the first season
  • Was among the AL Leaders in 1998 in Triples (7, 8th), Singles (127, 9th), and At Bats (614, 9th)
  • In 1998 led Devil Rays batters in multi-hit games, hits, games, at bats, runs, total bases, doubles and sacrifice flies

49. Rick White P (1998-2000)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: June 18 2000, Tropicana Field, relieved Bryan Rekar in the 5th inning with the Devil Rays trailing, pitched 3 scoreless innings to earn the win in a 6-1 Devil Ray triumph over the Rangers
  • DEVIL RAY PITCHING STATS: 145 Games 4 Starts 10 Wins 2 Saves 248 Innings Pitched 167 Strikeouts 3.81 ERA 128 ERA+
  • DEVIL RAY BATTING STATS: 15 Games 1 Hit .333 AVG
  • His 145 Career Appearances are 8th-most by a Devil Ray

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

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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