Putting together the Rays All-Time 25th Anniversary squad

Evan Longoria, 3, with Carl Crawford, 13, following the 2008 ALDS.
Evan Longoria, 3, with Carl Crawford, 13, following the 2008 ALDS. / Jamie Squire/GettyImages
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Catcher: No. 40, Wilson Ramos

Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos hits in a game at Citi Field in July of 2018. / Al Bello/GettyImages

As established in the bit on Navarro, the Rays history with catchers isn't exactly the most promising, but Ramos is one of three catchers to be elected to the All-Star game in a Rays uniform, despite playing less than a full season's worth of games.

'The Buffalo' signed a two-year commitment with the Rays ahead of the 2017 season, despite an ACL tear that kept him out for the first three months. He was traded to Philadelphia at the 2018 trade deadline. He played a total of 142 games for Tampa Bay over his two-year deal.

Yet those 142 games were magnificent. Only two catchers in baseball over that same stretch, Cardinals star Yadier Molina and Braves backstop Kurt Suzuki, matched Ramos with at least 25 home runs while posting a minimum .280 batting average and .790 OPS. During his time with the Rays, Ramos might've been the best offensive catcher in baseball during that short time period.

The reason Mike Zunino was not chosen here is because despite his impressive 2021 season, the rest of his Rays tenure left a lot to be desired. In his four years with the Rays, he hit .183 with an 85 OPS+, despite the monster 2021.