Category: Evan Longoria

End of an Era: Evan Heads West to San Francisco:

He came up to Tampa Bay in 2008, and made an immediate impact for a team in the pennant race. Twenty-two year old Evan Longoria hit .272 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs, while also making the American League All-Star team, helping the Rays capture the pennant, and winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Since that time, Longoria has been the face of the Rays franchise.

Now they’ll have to find a new face.

A three time all-star and three time Gold Glove winning third baseman, Longoria was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Denard Span, third baseman — and Tampa native — Christian Arroyo, and two minor leaguers. While his offensive numbers did slip a little in 2017, Longoria, 32, did have a respectable season with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs, while hitting .261. He also picked up his third Gold Glove, so the Giants can expect very good defense at the hot corner in 2018.

Longoria leaves Tampa Bay as the team’s all time leader in most offensive categories. He is first in career home runs (261), RBIs (892), run scored (780), doubles (338), walks (569), total bases (2,630), extra base hits (618), and sacrifice flies (76). Your text to link…

So what are the Rays getting in return for trading away their most well known player? Longoria’s heir apparent, Arroyo, made his big league debut last year for the Giants, hitting three home runs and driving in 14 runs in 34 games, but with an average of just .191. A career .300 hitter in the minors, he only has 24 career home runs and 204 RBIs in the lower levels. Outfielder Denard Span gives Tampa Bay some veteran experience and a decent bat, as he hit .272 last year with 43 RBIs. Lefty Matt Krook showed improvement after moving into the bullpen midway through last season at Single-A San Jose. Hard throwing righthander Stephen Woods was rated the Number 25 prospect in the Giants farm system.

Tampa Bay’s Longoria Has Statistical Goals

The 2016 season for the Tampa Bay Rays began with such promise. People who work for the team in the front office thought the Rays had a legitimate chance of at least contending for a wild card this year. However, that has not been the case. The season has been a complete disaster from the very beginning. Inconsistent hitting and pitching have plagued the team all year. The bright spots have been very few and far between. However, there have been a few things for Rays fans to cheer about. One of these bright spots has been another great season from All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria.

Evan Longoria has been a superstar since the first time he set foot on the field in a Rays uniform. He was a top pick who has lived up to all of the lofty expectations the team had for him. In fact, he has exceeded those expectations in many ways. He has become one of the game’s great all-around players. A slugger who can hit homers and drive in runs. He also has a knack for getting clutch hits in big spots. However, his hitting prowess is not the only thing that Longoria has going for him. He is also regarded as one of the best defensive third baseman in the game today. He has twice been awarded a Gold Glove for his outstanding defense.

Longoria entered the 2016 season with some statistical goals in mind. He feels that setting personal goals is a great way to motivate himself. This philosophy has definitely worked for him this season. He has crushed 31 home runs so far and there is still a full month to go in the season. This is only two home runs short of the 33 home runs he hit during his second season back in 2009. Longoria believes that a new weight training program is responsible for the increased power he has displayed in 2016.

Another goal that the 30-year-old third baseman has this season is to play at least 160 games for the fourth consecutive season. He is on pace to accomplish this goal because he has already played 130 games entering the season’s final month. Evan Longoria has been one of the game’s most consistent players. He shows no signs of slowing down.