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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #92-89

“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 92nd, 91st, 90th and 89th Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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92. Jason Hammel P (2006-2008)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT:  September 10 2008, Fenway Park, replaced an injured Troy Percival in the bottom of the 14th with 0 outs and the bases loaded to protect a 4-1 lead; retired all three batters he faced — giving up a sac fly to Kevin Youkilis, striking out Jason Bay, and getting Alex Cora to fly out — to earn the save; the win gave the Devil Rays the series win at Fenway and extended their lead over second-place Boston to 2.5 games
  • DEVIL RAY PITCHING STATS: 73 Games 28 Starts 7 Wins 2 Saves 207.1 Innings Pitched 140 Strikeouts
  • DEVIL RAY BATTING STATS: 1 AB 1 Hit 1 Double 1 RBI 1.000 AVG 1.000 OBP 2.000 SLG 3.000 OPS 674 OPS+
  • Beat Andy Pettitte at The Old Dump In The Bronx, 8-2, on September 2 2007 (his 25th birthday) for his first win as a starter

91. Jose Guillen OF/DH (1999-2001)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: August 9 2009, Tropicana Field, with one out in the bottom of the 10th, hit a walkoff RBI grounder to give the Devil Rays a 5-4 win over the Twins
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 193 Games 78 Runs 158 Hits 31 Doubles 5 Triples 15 HR 65 RBI 5 SB 34 BB
  • First Devil Ray with two extra-base hits in an inning (May 28 2000 vs. Seattle)
  • Ranked 4th in the AL in 2000 in HBP (13); also set Devil Rays single-season record (broken by Jonny Gomes in 2005, currently ranks 2nd)
  • Tied Devil Rays record with 2 triples in a game (June 7 2000)

90. Dennis Springer P (1998)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: April 4 1998, Tropicana Field, in his first Devil Ray start pitched 7.1 strong innings, allowing only 2 runs, 6 hits and a walk while striking out 3 to earn the win in an 8-2 triumph over the White Sox
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 29 Games 17 Starts 3 Wins 1 Complete Game 196.1 Innings Pitched 46 Strikeouts
  • First Devil Ray pitcher to win a game at Tropicana Field
  • First Devil Ray to make a relief appearance without allowing a run
  • Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the Anaheim Angels as the 26th pick in the 1997 expansion draft

89. Cory Lidle P (1999-2000)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: September 8 2000, Oakland Coliseum, pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits to earn the win in a 4-0 triumph over the A’s
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 36 Games 12 Starts 5 Wins 101.2 Innings Pitched 46 Strikeouts

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

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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