We took a stroll down memory lane to see out who were the best Rays players of all time and, for the most part, we weren’t surprised… are you?
5 – Fred McGriff
The “Crime Dog”, was one a premier slugger in the Devil Ray years. McGriff was an original member of the team playing five years for his hometown team. starting in 1998. A six-time All Star, he was was the franchise’s first real power hitter, slugging 99 HR with a .291 average, 359 RBI, and an all-time team best .380 OBP.
4 – Aubrey Huff
Huff was the Rays’s main power source during his tenure with the (Devil) Rays. He was an offensive machine for the team in his seasons, hitting 128 home runs with 449 RBI. His solid defense at first base and ability to hit well for average added to his value as a member of the team.
3 – Evan Longoria
‘Longo’ is the face of the the Tampa Bay Rays and he’s the guy who has carried the team offensively ever since his rookie year. The stellar third baseman is not only a hometown hero in Tampa Bay, he’s also one of the best at his position in all of Major League Baseball. He has power to spare, great defensive prowess and he’s as clutch as they come. Although he’s been around a relatively short period of time, Longoria has accumulated 173 HR, 536 RBI and an OBP of .355.
2 – James Shields
Once the ace of the Rays’ staff, Shields became a casualty of the economic realities of a small market-team. ‘Big Game James’ was a stalwart, amassing 227 games played, with an ERA of 3.99 and a record of 87-73 during his seven seasons with the club. His leadership was unmatched, as Shields was a guy who went to the mound every game knowing the team was relying on him to eat innings and keep them in the game.
1 – Carl Crawford
There’s no question as to who the best Ray ever is – clearly it’s Carl Crawford. ‘CC’, as he was known to teammates, leads in most of the franchise’s all-time offensive categories: .296 average, 592 RBIs, 765 runs, 1480 hits and 409 stolen bases. From 2002 to 2010, Crawford was the offensive machine that the Rays go. In the good times and the bad, Crawford was a star on offense and a defender in left field that the team could always count on.