The Tampa Bay Rays have found the right man for the title “Mr. Dependable”. Ben Zobrist is the classic example of the underdog you love to cheer for. He can be counted on day in and day out to produce wherever you need him. Stick him in the outfield, second base, or short — whatever the Rays need, Zobrist is their go to guy.
Any Major League Baseball team would love to have a player who can play anywhere, and be a leader on and off the field. The Rays know how fortunate they are for finding Zobrist, and they have seen him be a reliable team player for them.
Since putting Zobrist on full-time duty in 2009, the Rays have been blessed. The utility man responded to their faith in him by becoming an All-Star that year. In 152 games, Zobrist scored 91 runs, had 27 HR, and 91 RBI. At the plate, he had a .297/405/.543 triple-slash in 2009. Zobrist played seven different positions that year with a .989 fielding percentage, and he only committed seven errors.
He has played in 616 games the past four years, and is averaging 154 games a year out of the grueling 162 game schedule. He played right field, second base and short stop last year. His on the field duties vary with the game strategy or his teammates’ playing status. It really doesn’t matter where the Rays play him, because he has a total of 31 errors in four years.
Tampa fans are glad Zobrist is with the Rays. He is a player who can be counted on for whatever the team needs. The Rays have found their “Mr. Dependable.”