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Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Season Awards and Superlatives

By Austin Reimann
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros 10-3 in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros 10-3 in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 24: Ji-Man Choi #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a walk off home run in the 12th inning during a game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on September 24, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 24: Ji-Man Choi #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a walk off home run in the 12th inning during a game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on September 24, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The most entertaining player of 2019: Ji-Man Choi

The journeyman first baseman finally found a home in Tampa Bay after being acquired by the Rays last season.

Nobody else comes close when it comes to entertaining a fan base. Over the past season and a half, Ji-Man Choi has become a fan favorite in Tampa Bay. He has done it all. The South Korean native has hit for power in big spots, played great defense at first base, and danced his way into our hearts.

I mean, just watch this and tell me he isn’t the most entertaining player in baseball:

https://twitter.com/jimandancin/status/1182313333942345729?s=21

But, he has produced as well:

2019 Numbers:

  • 127 G
  • .261/.363/.459 // .822 OPS // 119 OPS+
  • 19 HR // 63 RBI
  • 1.9 fWAR

Ji-Man Choi really does it all!

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To recap, here are your 2019 Rays Colored Glasses superlatives:

  • Team MVP: Charlie Morton
  • Biggest Surprise: Austin Meadows
  • Biggest Disappointment: Mike Zunino
  • Most Improved: Willy Adames and Yandy Diaz
  • Best Trades: Travis d’Arnaud and Nick Anderson
  • Most Entertaining: Ji-Man Choi
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