#36 – Johnny Ray, 2B

Johnny Ray

Johnny Ray

1984 was a good season for the switch-hitting second baseman of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Johnny Ray picked up 38 doubles – the second straight season in which he led the National League with that total, while also finishing 5th in batting average with a .312 mark.

Ray had a career best .789 OPS and, at this point, had put together three nice full-time seasons in the Big Leagues.

His career had gotten off to a promising start when he just narrowly missed out on the Rookie of the Year award in ’82, losing out to the Dodgers’ Steve Sax.

Late in ’87, the Bucs would ship the 30-year old Ray off to the California Angels, where he spent three more seasons.

Ray made his sole All-Star appearance in 1988.

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