Ray King, who not coincidentally has the same last name as the man we are celebrating today, is a former relief pitcher who pitched for six different teams from 1999 to 2008. He pitched in 577 games, and had a 20-23 record, a 3.42 ERA and 276 strikeouts. Despite pitching in a relief role for so long, he only amassed two saves in his career. However, he did have 130 holds.
The best season of King’s career came in 2004, when he was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. That season, King had a 5-2 record and a 2.41, while setting a career high in holds with 32. He was particularly dominant in the beginning of the year, as he had a streak of 30 consecutive scoreless innings from May to July. He continued to give the Cardinals a reliable bullpen arm in the bullpen, where the Cardinals made it all the way to the World Series — King’s first and only appearance in the Fall Classic.
King played his last ever game on April 23, 2008. In his twelve games that season as ...