Tampa Bay Devil Rays
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are an American professional fake baseball franchise based in Tampa Bay, Florida. They are in Major League Redditball's American League, and are one of the ten Expansion teams added to the league in 2017. They are currently managed by former player Whitt Bass.
The Devil Rays opened their season in Session 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays at home. Despite taking an early lead on an RBI-single from Juan Diego De Las Rosas and a stellar outing from Ed Turner, who only allowed one run in four innings, the Devil Rays were unable to overcome a 5-run flood from the Blue Jays in the game's final inning and fell to them, 6-1.
Looking to rebound, the Devil Rays faced the Baltimore Orioles on the road in Session 2. Their game started auspiciously, as first baseman Jay Money hit into the first triple play in MLR history in the first inning and catcher Grimm Carp notched a zero-difference homerun to begin the second. The game would continue adding to the record books, tying the record for innings in a game in MLR history at 8 innings and shattering the record for longest game ever by time at 18 days and 23 hours. On the back of solid pitching performances from Ed Turner and Dougie McElroy and a second homerun from Grimm Carp, the Devil Rays won the marathon affair, 4-3.
Carp was awarded Player of the Game and Player of the Session honors for his multi-homer game, the third in MLR history and first in season 2.
In session 3, the Devil Rays hosted the Cleveland Indians and continued their trend of noteworthy performances. After Ed Turner surrendered 3 solo homeruns in the second inning, he was ejected in the fourth for intentionally throwing at Indians shortstop G.H. Morello. Manager Whitt Bass was also ejected following the ensuing fracas and was replaced in the dugout by the enigmatic Bitt Wass. Later, after 8 unanswered Tampa Bay runs, Juan Diego De Las Rosas executed the first steal of home in MLR history, sparking a second brawl which saw both himself and Indians pitcher Tommy Foxconn ejected as well. The Devil Rays would go on to win the game, 9-3, an emotional victory as much as an athletic one.
De Las Rosas was awarded Player of the Game honors for his 2-for-3, 2-RBI effort in addition to his historic steal.
Prior to Session 4, the Devil Rays made waves in a blockbuster trade to acquire early MVP candidate and Season 2 Session 3 Player of the Session Basebally McBaseballface from the Boston Red Sox. McBaseballface was immediately slotted into the starting lineup as the Devil Rays looked to extend their winning streak.
Session 4 against the Houston Astros saw a continuation of the trends from the previous two sessions. The story of the game was starter Ed Turner, who set an MLR record, facing only 19 batters, one more than the minimum possible, in a complete game shutout of Houston. In his first MLR appearance, third baseman Fuzzy Dunlop launched a three-run homerun, as the Devil Rays rode his offense and Turner's gem outing to a comfortable 4-0 win, improving their record to 3-1 and moving into a tie for first in the AL East.
Ed Turner received Player of the Game honors for shutting out the Astros with his two-hitter.
Session 5 was a rehash of many familiar storylines for the Devil Rays. They faced the 3-1 Minnesota Twins, and again the Devil Rays would be forced to defend their winning streak against a team with the best record in the league. For the second game in a row, they were the beneficiaries of a two-hitter with Dougie McElroy leading the way, recording a complete game shutout in his first career start. The Devil Ray bats were mostly dormant, accounting for only three hits total, but two of those hits were solo shots from Grimm Carp (his third total and second zero-difference homerun of the season) and Fuzzy Dunlop (his second homerun in as many games to start his career). Those two homeruns constituted the only scoring of the game, and the Devil Rays improved their record to 4-1 and winning streak to four games, felling the Twins two to nothing.
Dougie McElroy received Player of the Game honors for shutting out the Twins with a two-hitter.
|Starters||Ed Turner||Donked McToad|
|Player Name||Primary Position||Secondary Position|
|Isaac Saffron||Catcher||First Baseman|
|Grimm Carp||Catcher||Third Baseman|
|Methuselah Saltalamacchia||Catcher||First Baseman|
|Red Trapper||First Baseman||Left Fielder|
|Juan Diego De Las Rosas||Second Baseman||Shortstop|
|Gil Metz||Second Baseman||Shortstop|
|Lawrence Wiseman||Second Baseman||Shortstop|
|Robin Reynolds||Third Baseman||Second Baseman|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||Third Baseman|
|Finnegan Freudenberger||Shortstop||Center Fielder|
|Dominus Nominus||Left Fielder||First Baseman|
|Javier Abiscal||Left Fielder|
|Anatoli Smorin||Center Fielder|
|Basebally McBaseballface||Right Fielder||Center Fielder|
|Peter Peckershine||Right Fielder||First Baseman|