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Poor Tony Saunders, meanwhile Jonny Gomes and Allan Dykstra go yard

Tampa Bay Devil Rays v Minnesota Twins Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images

We are another day closer until pitchers and catchers finally report to Port Charlotte, thus beginning spring training and the 2017 baseball season.

To commemorate the date, here are the players to have worn the #32 for the Rays during their careers.

Tony Saunders (1998-1999), Todd Ritchie (2004), Jonny Gomes (2005-2008), Lance Cormier (2009-2010), Jose Lobaton (2011), Burke Badenhop (2012), Allan Dykstra (2015), and Xavier Cedeno (2015-2016).

Some memorable moments to come for these players in these uniforms

In an alternate universe, Tony Saunders had a long, successful career as one of the top pitchers in baseball. However, in this universe, this happened.

Jonny Gomes hit plenty of tape measure shots during his Rays days, unfortunately I can’t find the clip of him decimating a ball during his 2005 rampage, so have to settle for this 2008 blast.

Just a reminder the Rays employed Allan Dystra as their fist baseman in 2015.

The Number 31 in Rays Statistics

Two Rays have totaled exactly 31 HR in a season

Carlos Pena crushed 31 balls over the fence during the 2008 season, in which he slashed .247/.377/.494, good for 132 wRC+ and he accrued 3.8 fWAR over 139 games.

Evan Longoria finished the 2011 season with 31 HR after blasting two dramatic home runs on the final day of the season. His final slash line was .244/.355/.495, good for 136 wRC+ and a total of 6.3 fWAR over 133 games.

Check back tomorrow as the countdown continues