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Tony is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1997 to 1999. He was the first player selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1997 MLB expansion draft. Saunders joined the Marlins' Opening Day roster in 1997. On September 23 the Marlins clinched the NL wild card – the franchise’s first-ever postseason berth. He earned a World Series ring as the Marlins defeated Cleveland in seven games. Saunders left the Marlins following that season, joining the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for their inaugural season. Saunders was the 2000 recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award, which honors a major league player who "overcomes an obstacle and adversity". In November 2000 Saunders joined the Devil Rays front office as an assistant for scouting and player development. In 2005, Saunders announced a comeback, signing a Minor League contract with the Baltimore Orioles before retiring for good.