Rays morning after: 40 is special for Alex Colome
RHP Alex Colome is consistent about not wanting to put limits on himself by setting any numerical goals.
But he acknowledged after logging his 40th save in Wednesday's game that it was an important miletone along the way.
"It's a very special number,'' Colome said via team interpreter Manny Navarro. "I'm hoping to get more, but 40 is special for me.''
Colome became the sixth pitcher in Rays franchise history to get to 40, joining team record holder Fernando Rodney (48) plus Rafael Soriano (45), Roberto Hernandez (43), Danys Baez (41) and Brad Boxberger.
"I feel very happy and excited thaf I got the opportunity to do this season,'' Colome said. "It's not every day that someone gets 40 saves and I'm just glad to be part of it.''
Manager Kevin Cash praised Colome for what he does and how he does it.
"He's a special player,'' Cash said. "What he does to close out ballgames, whether it's 7-8-9 (hitters) or the teeth of the lineup, the way he buys into whatever we ask him to do makes it really easy to manage guys like that. That team-first concept, he really sets a tone. The way we used him early in the year (over multiple innings), there aren't many closers that are too keen on that idea. Alex was, what do I need to do.
"I'm glad he's having the season he's having.''