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Viva Medias B's
08-03-2006, 07:59 AM
Yesterday's landslide winner of the "Best Cub Ever" poll was Ernie Banks.

They have not been around long, and they have not won very much. Nevertheless, today we examine the "Best Devil Ray Ever." To make this one rather difficult, a number of candidates each had their magnum opus with other clubs and not with the Rays.

35th&Shields
08-03-2006, 09:11 AM
I don't think the more recent expansion teams should be a part of this "greatest" player poll for each team. It's ridiculous. It'd be like when AFI did the "Top 100 Films" and they had included a subcategory for Keanu Reaves movies.

kraut83
08-03-2006, 09:33 AM
I was under the impression that the MLB polls were more a "face of the franchise" rather than best player (which most of the time would be the same).

I would probably say Crawford for TB.

fquaye149
08-03-2006, 09:43 AM
Wade Boggs is a better player (at least at this point) than Crawford,

but Boggs went to TB to die, basically.

Crawford.

TornLabrum
08-03-2006, 10:10 AM
I went with Crawford, too.

mrfourni
08-03-2006, 10:24 AM
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6433/2296/320/ssm-boggphs016001.jpg (http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6433/2296/1600/ssm-boggphs016001.0.jpg)


http://naughtybaseball.blogspot.com/2006/05/mysterious-wade-boggs.html

Anyone who can drink 64 beers on a cross-country flight is all-right in my book.

The Wimperoo
08-03-2006, 10:24 AM
Greg Vaughn

Sox Fan 35
08-03-2006, 10:26 AM
Crawford, the rest had heir best years with other teams.

"wrong" sox fan
08-03-2006, 10:28 AM
Boggs is second only to Ricky Henderson in terms of insane stories that are often times funny yet creepy in the modern era.

The Racehorse
08-03-2006, 12:20 PM
... I would do a write-in-vote for Devil Ray coach Lee Elia, but he's now coaching in Baltimore, so I'll go with Crawford... :D:

Fenway
08-03-2006, 12:23 PM
Crawford by a mile.

SOXintheBURGH
08-03-2006, 12:27 PM
Fred McGriff = the balls.

MeteorsSox4367
08-03-2006, 12:35 PM
Can I vote for Dave Wills? Seriously, I'd go with Crawford. Baldelli also might have a strong career if his knee is sound.

Britt Burns
08-03-2006, 01:02 PM
Crawford. In five-six years, assuming they can keep him, it will be Kazmir.

thomas35forever
08-03-2006, 01:13 PM
At least the Devil Rays can say they've had a HOFer play for them.

Jjav829
08-03-2006, 01:25 PM
No love for Aubrey Huff? :?:

Huff was the Devil Rays before Carl Crawford. He had a very nice 4-year run for them. It will be Crawford (assuming he stays) in a couple years, but up to this point, Huff gets my vote. He holds about 3/4 of the Devil Rays franchise records.

Crawford. In five-six years, assuming they can keep him, it will be Kazmir.
If he ever gets his act together, it could be Delmon Young in 5-6 years.

buehrle4cy05
08-03-2006, 01:26 PM
If he ever gets his act together, it could be Delmon Young in 5-6 years.

Or Elijiah Dukes.

Shift
08-03-2006, 01:39 PM
Jimmy Morris

TDog
08-03-2006, 01:47 PM
I don't think the more recent expansion teams should be a part of this "greatest" player poll for each team. It's ridiculous. It'd be like when AFI did the "Top 100 Films" and they had included a subcategory for Keanu Reaves movies.

I agree. Sox fans overrate Crawford because of what he has done to the Sox, so I'm sure he'll win here. He might win anyway, but he shouldn't win over Huff -- or McGriff, who coming into this season had twice as many home runs with the same career batting average.

I know some will argue that you can't compare the stats because McGriff played in a different era.

Deebs14
08-03-2006, 05:09 PM
Vinny Cashstealer

Chips
08-03-2006, 06:22 PM
Jose Canseco.

HawkDJ
08-03-2006, 08:09 PM
Ozzie Guillen

StatHead21
08-03-2006, 08:51 PM
Wade Boggs is the best player on there, but he's not a D-Ray.

Domeshot17
08-03-2006, 10:09 PM
i went with Aubrey Huff, the guy had some MONSTER seasons with TB before Crawford was even getting his feet wet.

Save McCuddy's
08-03-2006, 10:52 PM
Rocco.

slobes
08-03-2006, 11:06 PM
Unfortunately I am going to vote for someone who is only motivated by his fantasy baseball stars.
Crawford.

PKalltheway
08-04-2006, 02:10 AM
To make this one rather difficult, a number of candidates each had their magnum opus with other clubs and not with the Rays.
Tampa Bay, where once great careers go to die. This team is similar to what the Mariners were in the 1980's.