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25 Days Until Spring Training Begins

A whose who of mediocre Rays

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another 24 hours has passed meaning we are now one day closer as pitchers and catchers will report to Port Charlotte in just 25 days.

To commemorate the date, here are the players in franchise history to have donned the number 25.

Russ Johnson (2001-2002), Damion Easley (2003), and Matt Diaz (2003-2004)

Memorable moments for these players in Rays uniforms

*cricket chirps*

The Number 25 in Rays Statistics

That’s the exact number of homeruns hit by Jared Sandberg during his Rays career which spanned from 2001 to 2003.

Geremi Gonzalez started 25 games during the 2003 season, during one of the games, the infamous corked bat used by Sammy Sosa was revealed

The Best and Worst Age 25 Seasons in Rays History

Best - Evan Longoria, 2011

.244/.355/.495 with 31 HR, 136 wRC+, 6.3 fWAR, 574 PA

Worst - Bobby Smith, 1999

.181/.244/.256 with 3 HR, 25 wRC+, -1.2 fWAR, 219 PA


Spring Training is just under four weeks away now and the anticipation building for baseball to finally arrive. The countdown is beginning to wind down, so be sure to check back tomorrow as we continue to check out the players of Rays history, stats, and the best/worst years in franchise history.