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TGIT177DREF! The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever: #96-93

“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 96th, 95th, 94th and 93rd Greatest Devil Rays Ever are….

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96. Nick Green 2B/3B/SS/DH/OF (2005-2006)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: April 8 2005, Tropicana Field, bottom of the 10th, hit a walkoff RBI single to give the Devil Rays a 3-2 win over Oakland
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 128 Games 57 Runs 79 Hits 15 Doubles 2 Triples 5 HR 29 RBI 3 SB 39 BB
  • 10 Sacrifice bunts in 2005 led the Devil Rays and ranked 5th in the AL

95. Tim Corcoran P (2005-2007)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: July 5 2006, Tropicana Field, worked 6.2 innings allowing only 2 runs and 4 hits; earned the victory and improved his record to 3-0, leading the Devil Rays to a 5-2 triumph over the first place Red Sox
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 40 Games 17 Starts 5 Wins 130.1 Innings Pitched 78 Strikeouts
  • In 2006 his 4.38 ERA ranked 6th among AL rookie starters
  • Earned his first MLB win in a victory over Atlanta and current Devil Ray star Lance Cormier
  • Second Devil Ray to start his MLB career 4-0 (also TMOTMCC James Shields in 2006)
  • Earned the win in the Devil Rays largest shutout ever (11-0 win at Fenway, September 27 2006)

94. Doug Creek P (2000-2002)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: June 27 2001, Fenway Park, entered in a tie game in the 7th, with one out and a runner on second, got an inning-ended double play then worked two more innings allowing only one run to earn the win in a 9-7 Devil Rays triumph
  • DEVIL RAY STATS: 140 Games 5 Wins 1 Save 160.2 Innings Pitched 176 Strikeouts

93. Dan Wheeler P (1999-2001, 2007-present)

  • DEVIL RAY MOMENT: August 28 2008, Tropicana Field, entered in the 9th to protect a 3-2 leadl struck out the first two batters and got the third to line out to earn his 10th save of the season and preserve a 3-2 triumph over Toronto
  • DEVIL RAY STATS (through May 24 2009): 145 Games 8 Wins 13 Saves 179.1 Innings Pitched 153 Strikeouts
  • DEVIL RAY POSTSEASON STATS: 7 Games 8.2 Innings Pitched 9 Strikeouts
  • Set a Devil Rays record with 12 strikeouts in a game (September 11 1999 vs. Oakland)
  • When he made his MLB debut, he was the youngest Devil Ray ever (21 years, 7 months; September 1, 1999)
  • In 2008 led the Devil Rays with 70 appearances; third most ever in a season by a Devil Ray
  • In 2008 opponents hit just .183 (44-240) against him, 9th-lowest among MLB relievers
  • 26 Holds in 2008 ranked 2nd in the AL
  • Son-in-law of Devil Rays TV broadcaster Dewayne Staats

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

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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