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Rays' Ben Zobrist Records 500th RBI of Career Over Weekend

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 23: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays executes a successful suicide squeeze bunt in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 23, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 2, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist recorded his 500th career RBI in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The milestone RBI was one that Zobrist will likely remember, as he surprisingly laid down a bunt single with runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning of a scoreless game. While the bunt likely would have been effective anyway, Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle ensured its success by running into third baseman Danny Valencia, who may have had a play on Zobrist at first base.

Perhaps best known for his ability to play every position besides pitcher and catcher, Zobrist is also one of the better hitters in the Rays' 17-year history.

His 500 career RBI are third on the all-time franchise list, trailing third baseman Evan Longoria's 616 and outfielder Carl Crawford's 592. Zobrist also ranks second in runs (550) and plate appearances (4,316), third in stolen bases (101) and fifth in home runs (113).

The always-patient utility man is the Rays' all-time leader in walks (530), and his 34.1 wins above replacement rank third in franchise history, per FanGraphs' measure of WAR.

With the Rays owning an extremely cheap $7.5 million team option on Zobrist for next season, the versatile 33-year-old will presumably be back in Tampa Bay for at least one more year.

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