At the urging of "peak performance" expert Howard Falco, Evan wrote down statistical goals prior to the 2016 season, making them intentionally lofty…he responded with a careerhigh 36 HR and one of his best seasons yet, and either reached or almost reached all of his goals…he kept in touch with Falco this offseason and intends to establish goals again this year, keeping those numbers to himself...His wife, Jaime Edmondson, surprised him on his 31st birthday with a guided five-day trip to Cuba shortly after travel restrictions were lifted…their sightseeing included two days outside of Havana, a national park, zip-lining, a countrystyle meal and a stop at Cojímar, the fishing village that inspired The Old Man and the Sea…he did see some lasting effects of the club's historic trip to Havana last March: a cook at one of the paladares (home restaurants) they visited was a Rays fan and retrieved a Longoria T-shirt to prove it...Evan and Jaime have two kids: daughter Elle Leona (4) and son Nash Harrison (2)…they also have Tatum, a 120-pound, 6-year-old Boerboel Mastiff rescue born in South Africa...Ducky's, the boutique sports lounge concept he opened, is entering its fourth year…in April 2016, Evan and his partners opened a second Ducky's at Tampa International Airport… Ducky's also will continue their presence at Tropicana Field…Ducky's features duckpin (mini) bowling lanes and plenty of TVs…Evan, whose main passion outside baseball is food and cooking, was heavily involved in creating a healthy menu with the help of a few chef friends in Las Vegas and New York...Evan will donate more than $1 million during the life of his contract to the Rays Baseball Foundation, which supports youth and education programs in the region…he is a longtime supporter of Reading with the Rays and the Moffitt Cancer Center…he and Jaime intend to participate in the Miles for Moffitt walk/run fundraiser for a fifth consecutive year...Over the past five seasons, his 128 HR have raised $61,300 for the Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Pete, a result of pledged donations from Longoria, the Rays, Ducky's and Bright House Sports Network…the fundraising efforts will continue this season...In January, Evan contributed $100,000 to the ongoing renovations at Blair Field, home to the Long Beach State University baseball team…he was inducted into the LBSU Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2015, joining Troy Tulowitzki, Jered Weaver and Jason Giambi among others...Evan plays the drums and can often be heard practicing before games at Tropicana Field… one of his most prized possessions is a drum head signed by the members of the band Rush...His father, Mike, is of Mexican descent, and his mother Ellie's family is from Ukraine.
Turned in one of the best offensive seasons in Rays history, establishing career highs with 173 hits, 36 HR, 81 XBH and 330 total bases… set club records for a right-handed hitter in home runs, extra-base hits and total bases… the 36 HR ranked 3rd in club history to Carlos Peña in 2007 (46) and 2009 (39)…his 81 XBH ranked 3rd in the AL and 2nd in club history to Aubrey Huff (84) in 2003…the 330 total bases ranked 8th in the AL and 2nd in club history to Huff (353) in 2003…his 41 2B tied for 6th in the AL and tied for 5th in club history…led the Rays with 98 RBI...Honored by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA with the Don Zimmer Award (as the team's most valuable player) as well as the Paul C. Smith Champion Award (given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field)…it was Longoria's second time winning each award (Zimmer in 2013; Smith in 2014)...Is the Rays all-time leader in service time (8 years, 170 days) and games (1,279), after passing Carl Crawford (8 years, 72 days; 1,235 games) in 2016…also broke Crawford's club record for total bases (2,217) and finished the year at 2,370…was already the Rays career leader in home runs (241), RBI (806), doubles (302), extra-base hits (560) and slugging pct. (.490)...Enters 2017 within reach of the club records in hits (1,311; Crawford 1,480), runs (709; Crawford 765) and walks (523; Ben Zobrist 542)...Is now one of only seven players to lead a franchise in games, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBI, joining Hank Aaron (Braves), George Brett (Royals), Cal Ripken (Orioles), Stan Musial (Cardinals), Luis Gonzalez (D-backs) and Todd Helton (Rockies). Ê Played in 160 games, all starts (152-3B, 8-DH)… marked his fourth straight season of at least 160 games, a feat achieved by only three other active players: Prince Fielder (five, 2009-13 with Brewers/Tigers), Adrián González (four, 2007-10 with Padres) and Ichiro Suzuki (five, 2004-08 with Mariners)…became only the third in baseball history to play 160-plus games in four consecutive seasons while playing a majority of games at third base each year, joining Hall of Famers CHC Ron Santo (1962-65) and BAL Brooks Robinson (1961-64). Ê Has four of the seven seasons of 160-plus games in franchise history (Delmon Young, 162 in 2007; Aubrey Huff, 162 in 2003; Carlos Peña 160 in 2012)…Evan missed a total of 117 games between 2011-12, but has missed only 7 from 2013-16...All 36 HR came while playing third base, 3rd in the majors to COL Nolan Arenado (41) and CWS Todd Frazier (39)…since his rookie season of 2008, no player in the majors has hit more doubles (291), home runs (227), extra-base hits (535) and RBI (760) while playing third base than Longoria…Adrian Beltre ranks 2nd in all four categories over that span, with 283 2B, 204 HR, 498 XBH and 722 RBI...No player in baseball matched his combination of hits (173), doubles (41) and home runs (36) in 2016…in major league history, only three other third basemen (min. half of games at 3B) have reached these totals in a single season: TOR Josh Donaldson in 2015, COL Nolan Arenado in 2015 and ATL Chipper Jones in 1999…Donaldson and Jones were both named their league's MVP...Became one of three third baseman in major league history to hit 20 HR in at least eight of his first nine seasons, joining Eddie Mathews (9) and Scott Rolen (8)…is one of three AL third basemen with eight 20-HR seasons at any point in their career, joining Graig Nettles (10) and Adrian Beltre (8)...Recorded his fourth career 30-HR season (also 2009, 2011, 2013), breaking a tie with Carlos Peña for most in club history. Ê Entering 2017, only three active players have more home runs with their current team than Longoria (241): DET Miguel Cabrera (308), MIL Ryan Braun (285) and TOR José Bautista (265)…free agent Ryan Howard has 382 HR with the Phillies...Half of his home runs (18) came in the 6th inning or later, a number topped by only TOR Edwin Encarnación (23), CWS Todd Frazier (20) and KC Kendrys Morales (19). Ê Became just the second third baseman all-time with at least 80 XBH in a season while making fewer than 10 errors, joining COL Vinny Castilla in 2004 (81-XBH, 6-E). Ê Joined OAK Carney Lansford (1987-88) as the only third baseman in major league history with back-to-back seasons of 10 errors or fewer...Ranked 5th in the majors with a .975 fielding pct. at third base, one point shy of his 2015 career high…over the last four seasons, his .9725 fielding pct. leads all major league third basemen, ahead of Juan Uribe's .9721 mark...On April 3 vs. TOR, made his eighth straight Opening Day start, tying Carl Crawford for most in franchise history…became the Rays all-time hits leader on Opening Day (11), passing Fred McGriff (9). Ê Compiled an 11-game hitting streak from May 28-June 8, batting .419 (18-for-43) with 6 HR and 15 RBI over that stretch…on May 28 vs. NYY, homered into the Ducky's Deck in leftcenter field for the first time of his career...From June 2-5 at MIN, became the first player in club history to homer in each game of a 4-game series and the first AL player to do that since BAL Adam Jones from May 23-26, 2013 at TOR…was the first Ray to homer in 4 straight games since Carlos Peña homered in a clubrecord 6 straight games from June 6-12, 2010… Longoria hit 5 HR in the series, with a multihomer game in the finale, setting a club record for a series of any length…hit 7 HR in only 7 games against the Twins, most ever by a Ray against a non-division opponent...Named AL Player of the Week for May 30- June 5, his seventh career weekly honor… ranked among AL leaders during that span in total bases (31, 1st), SLG (1.107, 1st), hits (13, tied for 1st), HR (5, tied for 1st), avg. (.464, 2nd), doubles (3, tied for 3rd), RBI (9, 4th) and OBP (.516, 4th)...Hit 9 HR in June, tying José Canseco (1999) for the most in franchise history for the month… they were his most in a calendar month since August 2011, his monthly record (10)...Hit 2 HR on July 17 vs. BAL, and 2 3B the next day at COL, becoming the first player with a multi-homer and multi-triple game in consecutive games since COL Larry Walker on May 21- 22, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau… it was the first multi-triple game of his career...His 3rd-inning homer on July 19 at COL off Tyler Chatwood traveled 462 feet according to StatCast, the longest by a Ray in 2016. Ê On July 27 at LAD, hit the Rays first home run ever at Dodger Stadium, a go-ahead, 2-run homer off Brandon McCarthy…it was the 24th different ballpark in which he's homered...Finished August with 25 RBI, tied for 5th in the AL and two shy of the AL co-leaders (HOU José Altuve, BOS Mookie Betts, MIN Brian Dozier)… marked the 2nd-highest monthly total of his career (31, May 2009)…he and Brad Miller (26) became the first teammates in Rays history with 25 RBI apiece in the same month...Enters 2017 as the active leader in career home runs vs. Baltimore (35), and 2nd among actives vs. New York (32) and Boston (30), trailing only José Bautista (33 vs. NYY, 41 vs. BOS)…60 of his 62 career HR vs. the Yankees and Red Sox have come as a third baseman, which ranks 2nd in major league history behind BAL Brooks Robinson (71)…Robinson did it in 664 games across 23 seasons; Longoria has done it in 301 games over nine seasons..Is 15-for-29 (.517) with 7 HR, 11 RBI and 10 runs in the Rays final games of the regular season (8 games)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 7 HR in regular-season finales are most all-time, topping STL Stan Musial (6)… he hit 3 HR in the 2012 finale and 2 in 2011, including the game-winner to clinch a postseason berth for the Rays.
Played in 160 games, tied for 3rd most in the majors, and leads the majors with 482 games played over the past three seasons...he has three of the six seasons of 160-plus games in franchise history (Delmon Young, 162 in 2007; Aubrey Huff, 162 in 2003; Carlos Peña 160 in 2012)...Evan missed a total of 117 games between 2011-12, but has missed only 5 from 2013-15…Led the team with 21 HR, 73 RBI, 35 2B, 604 AB, 74 runs and 57 extra-base hits...the longest-tenured Ray is the club's all-time leader with 205 HR, 708 RBI, 261 2B, 479 XBH and .485 SLG...only eight other players all-time lead their clubs in doubles, homers, RBI and extra-base hits, including only one other third baseman: George Brett (Royals)… Upped his batting avg. by 17 points from 2014 (.253 to .270) and his OPS by 40 (.724 to .764)…Reached several career milestones in 2015...on April 11 at MIA, doubled for his 425th extra-base hit, breaking Carl Crawford's club record...on April 16 at TOR hit his 230th double, passing Ben Zobrist's club record...recorded his 1,000th hit on May 5 at BOS, a single off Rick Porcello, the third in club history to reach the mark, joining Crawford (1,480) and Zobrist (1,016)...played his 1,000th game on May 21 vs. OAK, again joining Crawford (1,235) and Zobrist (1,064)...on Sep 2 at BAL, hit his 200th career home run, a 2-run shot off Kevin Gausman, the first in club history to reach the mark…Hit his 20th home run on Sep 24 at BOS, becoming one of four third basemen in major league history to hit at least 20 HR in seven of their first eight seasons...joined Eddie Mathews, Scott Rolen and Chipper Jones...tied Eric Chavez for most 20-HR seasons by a third baseman in AL history before turning 30...no other player in Rays history has had more than four 20-HR seasons (Carlos Peña and Aubrey Huff)…Is the first third baseman in major league history to record 200 HR and 250 doubles in his first eight seasons (min. 50 pct. of games at 3B)...he's the 20th player all-time to reach those totals in their first eight seasons, joining a group that includes Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds…Is one of three active players who are their current team's franchise leader in home runs, along with MIL Ryan Braun (255) and MIA Giancarlo Stanton (181)...entering 2016, only eight other players had hit more homers for their current teams: BOS David Ortiz (445), PHI Ryan Howard (357), NYY Alex Rodriguez (342), DET Miguel Cabrera (270), Braun (255), TOR Jose Bautista (243), NYM David Wright (235) and CIN Jay Bruce (208)…Since entering the league in 2008, he leads the majors with 191 HR and 663 RBI as a third baseman (totals only while playing 3B)...since then, he's hit 15.8 pct. of the team's home runs (205 of 1,335)…Named a finalist for the Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award for third base for the second time in the last three seasons...has won two Gold Gloves (2009, 2010), while no other player in Rays history has won more than one…Led AL third basemen with a career-high .976 fielding pct., which broke the franchise record for 3B held previously by Akinori Iwamura (.975 in 2007)...it was his first time leading the league...committed only 9 errors in 377 chances...from July 24 through season's end, recorded a .987 mark with only 2 errors in 55 games...had a career-best 43-game errorless streak from April 27-June 18…Over the past three seasons he leads all major league third basemen (min. 300 games) in fielding with a .972 mark...since entering the league in 2008, has played in 1,051 games-2nd most among major league third sackers during that span behind Adrian Beltre (1,069)…On May 7 vs. TEX, ended streaks of 198 straight starts and 270 games played, both the longest active in baseball at the time...scratched from the starting lineup (flu-like symptoms), the first game he didn't start since Sep 22, 2013 vs. BAL, and the first game in which he did not appear since July 1, 2013 at HOU…On April 6 vs. BAL, hit his third career Opening Day homer (off Chris Tillman) to set a club record, passing Ben Zobrist and Gerald Williams...it was his seventh straight Opening Day start at 3B, second most Opening Day starts in Rays history to Carl Crawford (eight)...it was his fourth Opening Day start batting cleanup (2009, 2013-15)…Had a pair of 2-homer games, May 6 at BOS and Sep 2 at BAL, the club-record 14th and 15th multi-homer games of his career...May 6 was his first since Sep 25, 2013 at NYY, and snapped a career-long 26-game homerless drought…On June 27 vs. BOS, his solo homer off Matt Barnes was calculated by MLB StatCast at 451 ft. ...ESPN Stats & Info had it at 453 ft., longest of his career…Hit .342/.392/.568 (53-for-155) against LHP, ranking 5th in the AL in avg. and 8th in SLG...hit .245/.306/.390 (110-for-449) vs. RHP…Has hit 54 career home runs against the Yankees (29) and Red Sox (25), 3rd among active players after Alex Rodriguez (85) and Jose Bautista (66)...27 of his 29 homers vs. the Yankees have come as a third baseman, 2nd most all-time to Brooks Robinson (34)...his 41 RBI at new Yankee Stadium are most ever by a visiting player, and his 14 HR there rank 2nd all-time to Jose Bautista (17)...since his 2008 rookie season, he leads all players with 85 RBI vs. NYY, and his 29 HR rank 2nd to Bautista (31)…Enters 2016 with a 14-game hitting streak at Fenway Park, longest in Rays history, and 2nd-longest active streak by a visitor behind NYY Carlos Beltran (15)…Is 14-for-24 (.583) with 7 HR, 11 RBI and 9 runs scored in the Rays final games of the regular season (7 games played)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 7 HR in regular-season finales are most all-time, topping STL Stan Musial (6)...he hit 3 HR in the 2012 finale and 2 in 2011, including the game-winner to clinch a postseason berth for the Rays.
Started all 162 games, one of three players in baseball to start every game along with ATL Freddie Freeman and KC Alcides Escobar (162)...tied Delmon Young (2007) and Aubrey Huff (2003) for the club single-season record...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the active major league leader at 169 consecutive starts...has played in 242 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind Hunter Pence (383)...has missed only 3 games in the last two seasons (June 29-July 1, 2013, plantar fasciitis) after missing 117 games the two seasons prior (2011-12)...Led the team with 22 HR and 91 RBI...reached 20 HR for the sixth time in seven years, the first AL 3B to do that and fourth 3B all-time, joining Eddie Mathews (7), Scott Rolen (6) and Chipper Jones (6)...reached 90 RBI for the fourth time in seven years...Is the franchise's all-time leader in HR (184), RBI (635) and SLG (.494)...enters 2015 just 3 doubles shy of Ben Zobrist's club record (229) and 2 extra-base hits shy of Carl Crawford's mark (424)...ranks 3rd in runs, hits, walks and at-bats, and 4th in games played...broke Carlos Peña's home run record on April 18 vs. NYY with his 164th, and broke Crawford's RBI record on July 22 at STL with his 593rd...only one other franchise leader in baseball is currently with that team: MIA Giancarlo Stanton is tied with Dan Uggla (154)...Since 2008, he leads the majors with 173 HR and 598 RBI as a third baseman...his 635 RBI overall rank 10th in the majors...since 2008, he's hit 15.8 pct. of the team's home runs (184 of 1,168)...Recorded 47 RBI in 65 games after the All-Star break, tied for 7th in the majors and 5th in the AL, and passing his total (44) in 97 games before the break...Had 38 two-out RBI, tied with BOS David Ortiz for 3rd in the AL behind DET Miguel Cabrera (42) and Victor Martinez (39)...tied for 4th in the majors with 12 two-out homers...over the past four years (2011-14) ranks 2nd in the majors with 50 two-out HR, after Miguel Cabrera (61)...Of his 22 HR, only the first one (April 3 vs. TOR) had at least 2 runners on base...10 of the 22 came in August and September...His .724 OPS was a career low and 146 points below his career .870 mark entering the year...Ranked among AL leaders with 700 plate apps (6th; 3rd in club history), 624 AB (6th), 9 sacrifice flies (tied for 3rd), 9 HBP (tied for 10th) and 11 IBB (tied for 7th)...Made his sixth straight Opening Day start at 3B and third as the cleanup hitter (2009, 2013-14)...Is 12-for-22 (.545) with 7 HR, 11 RBI and 9 runs scored in the Rays final games of the regular season (6 games played)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 7 HR in regular-season finales are most all-time, topping STL Stan Musial (6)...he hit 3 HR in the 2012 finale and 2 in 2011, including the game-winner to clinch a postseason berth for the Rays.
Named the team MVP by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America... Finished sixth in the BBWAA voting for AL MVP, matching his own 2010 finish for the highest placement in club history…it was the fifth year he received points and third time he finished in the top 10... Played in a career-high and team-high 160 games…had played in only 207 games the previous two seasons combined due to injury... Also led the Rays in runs (91), doubles (39), homers (32), extra-base hits (74), RBI (88) and slugging pct. (.498)... His 32 home runs were the 2nd most in his career…31 came as a a third baseman, 3rd most in the majors behind DET Miguel Cabrera (44) and PIT Pedro Alvarez (36)…his 162 career home runs trail the Rays all-time leader, Carlos Peña by one... His 74 extra-base hits were 3rd in the AL behind BAL Chris Davis (96) and LAA Mike Trout (75)…was his third season of 70-plus extrabase hits…only three other Rays have done it (Ben Zobrist, Aubrey Huff and Carlos Peña) and none have more than one... Had 22 home runs and a .306 avg. vs. the AL East, the only player in 2013 with at least 20 HR and a .300 avg. vs. the East... Was a finalist for the AL Gold Glove at 3B…finished with only 11 errors in 147 games…only one major league third baseman played in 140 or more games and made fewer errors: CIN Todd Frazier (147-G, 10-E)…Longoria was leading all AL 3B in fielding until he committed his first multi-error game of the season (2 errors) on Sep 27 at TOR in the 160th game of the season…his career-high .972 fielding pct. was 2nd in the AL behind BAL Manny Machado (.973) and 2nd best in club history behind Akinori Iwamura's .975 in 2007…had a career-best 42-game errorless streak from May 21-July 21.... On July 27, he made his only error in 45 career games at Yankee Stadium…has made only 10 errors in 138 games combined at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Camden Yards, the same number he has made in 46 games at Toronto's Rogers Centre... Hit 9 of his 32 HR and had 14 extra-base hits vs. the Yankees-matching New York's 9 HR as a team vs. the Rays…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became only the third player to hit 9 HR or more vs. the Yankees in a season in the expansion era (1961 to date) joining CLE Fred Whitfield in 1965 (10) and TOR Jose Cruz Jr. in 2001 (9)…over the last 65 seasons the only other player to register as many as 14 extra- base hits against the Yankees in a season was TOR Vernon Wells in 2003... Had 2 multi-homer games in 2013, both at Yankee Stadium, and now has 13 overall, surpassing Carlos Peña (12) for the club's all-time lead…he is one of 10 visiting players all-time to have 2 multi-homer games in one season at Yankee Stadium (new or old)…only two other active players have done it: BAL Mark Reynolds in 2012 and BOS David Ortiz in 2003... Was one of only six AL players with 30 doubles and 30 HR, along with TEX Adrian Beltre, BAL Chris Davis, BAL Adam Jones, BOS David Ortiz and LAA Mark Trumbo... Although he spent a combined total of 143 games on the DL in 2008, 2011 and 2012, he is one of 10 active players to average at least 25 HR and 90 RBI over his first six seasons... Has averaged 5.47 AB per RBI during his career, 12th-best ratio among active players... Went 3-for-4 with 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB and 2 RBI in the Rays 5-2 win in the Game 163 tiebreaker on Sep 30 at TEX…improved to 11-for-19 (.579) with 7 HR, 10 RBI and 9 runs scored in the Rays final games of the regular season (5 games played)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Longoria's 7 HR in regular-season finales are most all-time…his 2-run homer in Game 163 broke a tie with STL Stan Musial (6)…Longoria had 3 HR in the 2012 finale and 2 HR in 2011, including the game-winner to clinch a postseason berth for the Rays... In Game 163 he also became just the fifth 3B to record 200 doubles through his first six seasons…joined David Wright, Wade Boggs, Pinky Whitney and Bobby Bonilla…also became just the third Ray to reach 200 doubles, joining Carl Crawford (215) and B.J. Upton (202)... His 373 career extra-base hits are third most since 1900 by a third baseman through his first six seasons, trailing only Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews (402) and David Wright (375)…his 162 HR are 5th most among third basemen through their first six seasons... With his 30th home run on Sep 25 at NYY off David Huff, became just the second Ray to post three 30-HR seasons, joining Carlos Peña…also became the 12th active player to have three 30-HR seasons before his 28th birthday and just the eighth 3B all-time to do it, first since Troy Glaus in 2002…the others: Eddie Mathews, Mike Schmidt, Ron Santo, Chipper Jones, Bob Horner and Matt Williams... Had a career-high 16-game hitting streak from May 6-22…batted .397 (25-for-63, 6-BB, 9-2B, 3-HR, 14-RBI) during the streak…matched the 4th-longest streak in club history…during that streak he became the first player in Rays history to record a hit and a strikeout in 9 consecutive games... The streak took his average to a season-high .335 on May 22…he batted .242 (106-for-438) in 114 games the rest of the season... Reached base safely in 45 of the Rays first 46 games of the season…became one of only 12 AL players since 1916 to reach in 45 (or more) of his team's first 46 games... The Rays went 21-5 in July but he batted .194, the 2nd-worst month of his career…has had three sub-.200 months, all coming in July: also .189 in July 2009 and .198 in July 2011... In his eight seasons in the Rays organization, has never played for a losing team and has reached the postseason six times: four with the Rays, one with Triple-A Durham and one with Double-A Montgomery…overall his teams are a combined 164 games over .500 (677-513, .569)... On Aug 10 at LAD, pulled the hidden ball trick on veteran Juan Uribe…it was one of two times it was successful in 2013…also Rockies 1B Todd Helton on STL Matt Carpenter on Sep 19…both he and Helton shared the Gibby Award for Oddity of the Year, presented by MLB.com... POSTSEASON: Is the only Ray to play in all 30 of the Rays postseason games…hit a gametying 3-run homer off BOS Clay Buchholz in the Rays 5-4 win in Game 3 of the ALDS…it came on Oct 7, his 28th birthday…according to SABR's David Vincent, he became the second player in MLB history to hit a postseason homer on his birthday…joined KC Willie Mays Aikens, who hit 2 HR on his 26th birthday in Game 1 of the 1980 World Series at PHI... It was his franchise-high ninth postseason home run, fourth game-tying or go-ahead homer…with 1 postseason home run every 12.78 AB, Longoria has the 4th-best ratio among active players with at least 100 AB, trailing only Nelson Cruz (9.00), Carlos Beltran (11.00) and Jayson Werth (12.43).
Last Nov. 26, the three-time AL All-Star, tw-time
Rawlings AL Gold Glove winner and 2008 AL Rookie of the Year signed a contract extension that could keep him a Ray through the 2023 season...this new contract incorporates the salaries
for 2013 through 2016 from his original contract and extends six more years through 2022, plus a club option for 2023...Is one of seven major league players signed through 2020 joining CIN Joey Votto (2023), LAA Albert Pujols (2021), COL Troy Tulowitzki (2020), MIL Ryan Braun (2020), CHC Jorge Soler (2020) and DET Prince Fielder (2020)...Missed 85 games due to a partially torn left hamstring, which he sustained on April 30 vs. SEA...placed on the DL the following day and
was not activated until Aug 7.Ê Underwent a minor procedure on his left hamstring on Nov 20 and is expected to be fully recovered for spring training...The Rays went 41-44 in his absence, but went 47-27 (.635) with Evan in the lineup...in the AL, only OAK Yoenis Cespedes had a better record in games he started (82-46, .641)...Despite his missed time hit .289/.369/.527 (79-for-273) with 17 HR and 55 RBI in only 74 games...his numbers project to 37 HR and 120 RBI over 162 games played...during the course of his career, his numbers project
out to a 162-game season translate to 33 HR, 116 RBI, 41 2B and 97 runs...Although he has spent a combined 143 games on the DL in 2008, 2011 and 2012, he is one of 11 active players to average at least 25 HR and 90 RBI over his first five seasons...Despite his time on the DL, his 456 RBI and 299 extra-base hits both rank 5th all-time among third basemen in their first five seasons.Started 49 games at 3B and 25 games at DH...had played every inning at 3B prior to the injuryon April 30...after being reinstated from the
DL on Aug. 7, Longoria started 51 of the team's
remaining 54 games (26 at third base, 25 at
designated hitter)...started the team's final 14
games at 3B, beginning Sept. 19...The Rays scored nearly a run more per game when he was active (4.79 R/G) than when he was on the DL (3.86 R/G)...Averaged one RBI per 4.96 AB and one HR per 16.06 AB (273-AB, 17-HR, 55-RBI) which would have ranked fifth and ninth in the majors, respectively, but he was nearly 200 plate appearances shy of qualifying...during his time on the DL, Rays third and fourth hitters hit a combined .227 (146-for-643) and averaged 1 RBI every 11.7 AB (643-AB, 55-RBI)...The Rays used 8 different third basemen during his time on the DL: Sean Rodriguez, Jeff Keppinger, Will Rhymes, Brooks Conrad, Drew Sutton, Ryan Roberts, Chris Gimenez and Elliot Johnson...overall, the Rays used 10 third basemen over the course of the season (and Reid Brignac)-most of any team since 2003 when the Reds and Devil Rays both used 10...Was hitting .329/.433/.561 (27-for-82) with four HR, 19 RBI and seven 2B in 23 games at the time of his injury...from June 11, 2011 until he was injured, he led the majors with 105 RBI and led the AL with 31 HR in 121 games...Batted .272 (52-for-191) with 13 HR and
36 RBI in 51 games (all starts, 26-3B, 25-DH) after being activated from the DL on Aug. 7...In the Rays season finale Oct. 3 vs. BAL hit three
home runs to tie the club record and his career
high (also Sep 18, 2008 vs. MIN)...also B.J. Upton (Sep 9, 2012 vs. TEX) and Jonny Gomes (July 30, 2005 vs. KC)...improved to 8-for-15 (.533) with six HR, nine RBI and seven runs scored in four career Game 162s...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his six HR tie Stan Musial for most all-time in the final game of the season...Became one of four players to hit three HR in his team's final game of the season: CWS Gus Zernial (1950), PHI Dick Allen (1968) and CWS Dan Johnson (2012).Five of his eight HR in September and October gave the Rays the lead, including a solo shot in the ninth inning on Sep 27 at CWS off Brett Myers for a 3-2 win...Batted .358 (24-for-67) with RISP, which would have ranked fourth in the AL if he had enough atbats to qualify...in his final 70 PA with RISP, went 21-for-56 (.375) with five 2B, five HR, 10 BB,
three SF and 33 RBI...Turned 27 after the season (Oct. 7) and already ranks second on the Rays all-time list in home runs (130) behind Carlos Peña (163) and third in RBI (456) behind Carl Crawford (592) and Peña (468)...ranks fourth with 161 doubles...Has averaged one RBI every 5.18 AB in his career, seventh best in the majors during that span (2008-12) behind Ryan Howard, Miguel Cabrera, Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez...Has 11 career multi-homer games, tied with Carlos Peña for the club record...in addition to his three HR on Oct. 3 vs. BAL, hit two HR on Aug. 29 at TEX...on that day he became the 12th player since 1918 to record two HR and two GIDP in a game...the last was ARI Luis Gonzalez on May 19, 2004, and the last in the AL was OAK Mark McGwire on Sept. 22, 1996 at SEA...Played in 10 games over two rehab assignments for Triple-A Durham, all at DH...began a rehab assignment and played two games (June 16
and June 18) but suffered a setback on June 18 and did not return to his rehab assignment
until July 26...Made a career-high three errors on April 17 at TOR (two fielding, one throwing), tying the club record (seventh time, last Sean Rodriguez on May 30, 2011 vs. TEX)...Hit a solo home run on Opening Day (April 6) vs. NYY CC Sabathia, his second career Opening Day homer...has five career homers off Sabathia, his most vs. one pitcher...In spring training, did not play until March 11 after being hit by a pitch on the right hand 10 days earlier in an intrasquad game...In his seven seasons in the Rays organization, has never played for a losing team and has reached the postseason five times: three with the Rays, one with Durham and one with Double-A Montgomery...overall his teams are a combined 142 games over .500 (585-443, .569).
Despite missing 26 games within the first
month of the season, led the Rays in home
runs (31), RBI (99) and walks with a careerhigh 80 including a major-league-best 27 in
September...in the second game of the season
(April 2 at BAL) strained his left oblique and
was removed from the game just 14 innings
into the season...placed on the 15-day DL the
following day...activated on May 3...did not record his first HR and RBI until May 7 at BAL, the
Rays 33rd game...Finished 10th in the AL MVP voting, the 4th
consecutive year he received votes and 2nd
consecutive year he finished in the top 10 (6th
in 2010)...Led the majors with 86 RBI from June 11
through season's end (98 games)...his 27 HR
during that span, tied for the AL lead and tied
for 2nd most in the majors...hit 20 HR after
the All-Star break (72 games), one shy of BOS
Jacoby Ellsbury and ATL Dan Uggla for the ML
lead...hit 13 HR in his final 41 games while the
Rays went 26-15...Only four other players in the last 10 years had
no home runs in April yet finished with 30 or
more home runs: BAL J.J. Hardy (30) in 2011,
NYY Alex Rodriguez (30) in 2009, CHC Alfonso
Soriano (33) in 2007 and MIL Ryan Braun (34)
in 2007...the last player to hit more than 30
home runs and go deeper into the season without a home run was Braun as a rookie in 2007,
who didn't reach the majors until May 27 in the
Brewers 48th game...On Sep 28 vs. NYY, the final day of the regular season, hit a walk-off home run off Scott
Proctor in the 12th inning to clinch the AL Wild
Card...the Rays had trailed 7-0 in the 8th inning before Longoria's HR won it, 8-7...it was his
second home run of the game...according to
Elias, Longoria was only the 6th player in major league history to hit a walk-off home run
to clinch a postseason berth and just the second player to do it in his team's final game of
the regular season...the other was NYG Bobby
Thomson with his "Shot Heard 'Round the
World" against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951...
was the 4th walk-off home run of his career, a
new club record...The day before-Sep 27 vs. the Yankees-he
started a 5-4-3 triple play, the third triple play
in club history and the first 'round the horn...it
came in the 6th inning with the bases loaded
and the Rays trailing, 3-2...they won it 5-3, their
90th win of the season...During the final 24-game run-in which the
Rays made up 9 games in the AL Wild Card
race in September-he reached base 49 times,
2nd most in the majors during that span behind
DET Miguel Cabrera (54)...Over the last two years he has 119 RBI in 143
road games, 2nd-most road RBI in the majors
over that span behind Adrian Gonzalez (121 in
160 games)...Apart from his stay on the DL, started 132 of
the team's 136 games (129-3B, 3-DH)...missed 4
straight starts June 5-8 with a stomach flu...The Rays went 72-59 with Longoria in the
starting lineup...in the 72 wins, he batted
.308/.415/.637, going 83-for-271 with 24 HR,
18 doubles and 76 RBI...in the 59 losses hit
.162/.275/.310, going 34-for-210 with 7 HR, 8 2B
and 23 RBI...With 113 HR and 401 RBI for his 4-year career,
became the first third baseman and 13th player since 1900 to accumulate 100 HR and 400
RBI in his first 4 seasons in the majors...there
are 6 Hall of Famers on the list (Joe DiMaggio,
Ted Williams, Ralph Kiner, Chuck Klein, Orlando
Cepeda and Earl Averill)...only 5 players-no
third basemen-have matched his totals for
doubles (147), home runs (113) and RBI (401)
through their first four seasons: Albert Pujols,
Mark Teixeira, Ryan Braun, Ted Williams and
Chuck Klein...Has amassed 268 extra-base hits in his first
4 seasons, 2nd most ever by a third baseman
behind Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews' 273...his
401 RBI and 268 extra-base hits lead all major
league third basemen over the past 4 seasons.
ÊÊ In six seasons in the Rays organization,
has never played for a losing team and has
reached the postseason 5 times: three with the
Rays, one with Triple-A Durham and one with
Double-A Montgomery...overall his teams are a
combined 124 games over .500 (495-371, .572)...Since making his ML debut on April 12, 2008,
he leads all major league third basemen in
games (551), total chances (1,539), assists
(1,037) and has participated in 53 more double
plays than any other third sacker...also leads
all third baseman in RBI and extra-base hits
during that span...the Rays had used 34 different starters there before his arrival...Averaged an RBI every 4.88 at-bats, 5th best
in the majors behind TEX Adrian Beltre (4.64),
MIL Prince Fielder (4.74), LAD Matt Kemp (4.78)
and PHI Ryan Howard (4.80)...averaged an RBI
every 4.22 at bats on the road, tops in the majors...had seven 4-RBI games, tied for 2nd most
in the majors...had 18 RBI in interleague play,
tied for the major league lead with MIN Danny
Valencia...tied the club record for most interleague RBI in a season held by Fred McGriff
(2001) and Gerald Williams (2000)...Hit his 100th career home run on Aug 12 off
NYY CC Sabathia to pass Fred McGriff (99) for
sole possession of 4th place on the Rays alltime HR list...has 4 career HR off Sabathia, his most against any opposing pitcher...only one
active player, CHC Alfonso Soriano (6), has
more home runs off Sabathia...Batted leadoff in 3 straight games from
May 28-30 for the first time of his career...
went 5-for-11 with a HR, 2B, 4 BB and 3 R...went
2-for-4 with a HR on May 28 vs. CLE, becoming the first player in Rays history to homer in
his first career game batting leadoff...was batting .133 (6-for-45) in his previous 12 games before May 28...On June 12 at BAL hit the first inside-the-park
of his career off Jeremy Accardo in the Rays
9-6 win...was the 9th in club history and one of
2 the Rays hit in 2011...also Ben Zobrist on
Sep 25 vs. TOR...Went 4-for-6 with 2 HR and 5 RBI on June 26 at
HOU...went 8-for-14 with 3 HR, 3 2B and 10 RBI
in that series...On July 25 at OAK, drew a career-high and franchise record-tying 4 BB...the previous day he
fanned 4 times at KC...according to Stats Inc.,
it was just the 4th time since 1946 a player followed a 4-plus strikeout game with a 4-plus
walk game...POSTSEASON: Longoria and B.J. Upton are the
only Rays to play in all 25 of the team's postseason games...his 8 postseason home runs
are 4th most all-time by a player before his
26th birthday (see chart)...only 8 active players
played in as many postseason games before
the age of 26: Andruw Jones (56), Derek Jeter
(45), Chipper Jones (39), Albert Pujols (37),
Elvis Andrus (33), Edgar Renteria (29), Yadier
Molina (28) and Dustin Pedroia (25)...In the 2011 ALDS, went 3-for-8 in Games 1 and 2
at Texas and 0-for-7 with 5 strikeouts in Games
3 and 4 at home...in Game 2 hit a 3-run home
run off Koji Uehara in the 7th inning to trim the
Rays deficit to 7-6 in the eventual 8-6 loss.
At age 24, became the first third baseman (AL
or NL) to make the All-Star Team in each of his
first three seasons ... is one of only three active
players to do it joining BOS Jonathan Papelbon
and SEA Ichiro Suzuki.
... Has averaged 40 doubles, 27 HR and 101 RBI
in his first three seasons ... only two other players
in major league history have averaged at
least 40 doubles, 25 HR and 100 RBI in their
first three seasons: BOS Ted Williams and STL
... Became the fifth player all-time with at least
20 HR and 30 doubles in each of his first three
major league seasons, joining STL Albert
Pujols (first 10 seasons), NYY Joe DiMaggio
(four), BOS Ted Williams (four) and SF Orlando
... Won his second consecutive Rawlings Gold
Glove ... only two major league third basemen
have won two Gold Gloves at a younger age
since the awards began in 1957: BAL Brooks
Robinson (1960-61) and OAK Eric Chavez
(2001-02) ... chas won two of the Rays four Gold
Gloves (also Carlos Pena in 2008 and Carl
Crawford in 2010).
... In the last 20 years, only five other players (only
one other infielder) have won two Gold Gloves
at a younger age, regardless of their position:
3B Eric Chavez (OAK, 2001-02); OF Andruw
Jones (ATL, 1998-99); OF Ken Griffey Jr. (SEA,
1990-91); 2B Roberto Alomar (TOR, 1991-92);
and C Ivan Rodriguez (TEX, 1992-93).
... Finished sixth in the AL MVP voting, the highest
finish of any Ray in club history ... Ben Zobrist
(8th, 2009) and Carl Crawford (7th, 2010)
are the only other Rays to finish in the top 10.
... Led the team with 104 RBI, 9th in AL ... with 302
career RBI is one of only five active players to
average 100 RBI in each of his first three seasons
in the majors joining STL Albert Pujols,
MIL Ryan Braun, NYY Hideki Matsui and TEX
Mark Teixeira ... was the fourth player in Rays
history to reach 100 RBI in two straight seasons
joining Fred McGriff (1999-2000), Carlos
Pena (2007-08-09) and Aubrey Huff (2003-04).
... Tied for 6th in the AL with 73 extra-base hitsc
he and NYM David Wright are the only third
basemen in ML history to have two 100-RBI,
70-extra-base hit seasons in their first three
seasons ... his 210 extra-base hits are 6th most
in the majors over the past three years behind
STL Albert Pujols (256), MIL Ryan Braun (231),
DET Miguel Cabrera (227), NYY Mark Teixeira
(228) and PHI Ryan Howard (223).
... Played in 151 of the first 152 games before
missing the final 10 games with a left quadricep
strain suffered on a defensive play Sep
23 at NYY ... prior to that, had played in 102
straight games, and 233 of the Rays last 234
games dating back to 2009, with the lone exception
May 23 at HOU (day off).
... Has started 118 (2008), 150 (2009) and 151
(2010) games at 3B in his Rays career ... the
Rays had used 34 different starters there before
his arrival in 2008 ... finished 4th among
major league third basemen in 2010 with 417
... In 2009-10 combined, he led all major league
third basemen in total chances (844), assists
(578), double plays (89) and innings (2,633).
... Tied for 2nd in the majors with 46 doubles,
three shy of leader BOS Adrian Beltre (49)
and one shy of Aubrey Hufffs club record (47
in 2003) ... became the first Ray with a pair of
40-double seasons (also 44 in 2009) ... his 121
doubles through his first three seasons have
been topped by only five players in major
league history (see chart) ... since World War
II, only two others have collected as many
doubles in their first three seasons: STL Albert
Pujols (138) and NYY Hideki Matsui (121).
... On July 4 at MIN hit his 100th career double
in his 359th game ... since 1920, the only third
baseman to reach 100 doubles faster is WAS
Ryan Zimmerman (338 games).
... Was moved to the cleanup spot on Aug 9 and
remained there over his final 41 games, batting
.321 (49-for-153) with 7 HR, 34 RBI, .366 OBP
and .575 SLG.
... Stole a career-high 15 bases in 20 attempts ...
was successful on his first 16 career attempts
before BAL Brian Matusz caught him leaning
on April 8, 2010 ... his career success rate of
86.1 percent is 8th best among active players
with 25 or more steals.
... Made his second Opening Day roster ... on
April 6 vs. BAL became the first Ray to start
Opening Day at third base two consecutive
seasons since Wade Boggs in the franchise's
first two years (1998-99).
... On Opening Day hit the 3rd-longest HR in
Tropicana Field history, a 473-ft. solo shot off
BAL Kevin Millwood ... it landed in the first row
of the tbt* Party Deck in LF, the second homer
ever to land in that section on the fly ... the first
was Vinny Castilla on April 4, 2001 vs. BOS, a
478-ft. blast that remains the longest ever hit
in the building.
... Reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in
32 straight games from May 10.June 15, the
2nd-longest streak in club history behind Ben
Grieve's 36-game streak in 2001 ... tied NYY
Mark Teixeira for the 2nd-longest on-base
streak in the AL in 2010, behind TEX Josh
Hamilton (42) ... the streak began the day after
Dallas Braden's perfect game in Oakland.
... On Aug 8 at TOR, singled off Brandon Morrow
with 2 outs in the 9th inning to end his no-hit
bid ... became the third Ray to break up a nohitter
in the 9th inning, first with 2 outs ... was
the 10th player in the last 20 years to do it with
2 outs in the 9th.
... Named AL Player of the Week for Aug 16-22,
after hitting .393 (11-for-26) with 3 HR, 12 RBI,
4 2B and 1 3B with a .929 SLG ... was the fifth
weekly honor of his career, most in club history.
... Has 141 RBI against the AL East in his career
(since 2008), 2nd most in baseball during that
span after Alex Rodriguez (144).
... In August was honored as the Rays recipient
of the 2010 Heart and Hustle Award as chosen
by MLB Alumni ... the award honors one active
player per team who demonstrates a passion
for the game of baseball and best embodies
the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
... Was named to the Sporting News AL All-Star
Team after the season.
...Played his first full season in the majors and
established career highs in almost every offensive
...Totaled 33 homers, 44 doubles and 113 RBI...
only 3 others in major league history reached
those numbers in one season before the
age of 24...joined STL Albert Pujols (2001,
'03), SEA Alex Rodriguez (1996) and CLE Hal
Trosky (1934, '36).
...Is 1 of 7 players in major league history to reach
the 30-HR/40-2B/100-RBI/100-R milestones
in one season before age 24 (see chart)...is the
only player in Rays history (any age) to reach
those numbers in one season.
...Ranked among AL leaders with 113 RBI (4th),
44 2B (7th), 33 HR (T-8th), 77 extra-base hits
(4th), 307 TB (T-7th) and 10 IBB (T-5th).
...Earned the Rawlings AL Gold Glove Award
for third base...since the Gold Glove was first
awarded in 1957, only three third basemen
have won it a younger age: BAL Brooks Robinson
(age 23 in 1960), PHI Scott Rolen (age 23 in
1998) and OAK Eric Chavez (age 23 in 2001)...
was the youngest to win a Gold Glove at any
position since ATL Jeff Francoeur (age 23 in
2007) and the youngest in the AL since Chavez
in 2001...he was the second Ray ever to earn a
Gold Glove, joining 1B Carlos Peña (2008).
Was one of 5 major league ... third basemen to
start 150 or more games...became the first in
club history to start more than 120 games in
a season at 3B...the Rays had used 34 different
starters there before his arrival in 2008...
his .970 fielding pct. was 2nd among AL third
baseman behind BAL Melvin Mora (.971)...his
43 double plays led all ML third basemen and
his 302 assists were 2nd in the AL.
...Earned the AL Silver Slugger Award for third
base, becoming the second Ray to receive
the honor...first baseman Carlos Peña won it
in 2007...was the youngest in either league to
win a Silver Slugger in 2009.
...Is the 2nd AL third baseman in the last 12 years
to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in the
same season (Chavez in '02)...is the youngest
3B to win both awards in either league since
the Silver Slugger Award began in 1980...only
3 players have won both awards in the same
season at a younger age: TEX Ivan Rodriguez
at 22 in 1994; SEA Ken Griffey Jr. at 21 in 1991;
and SD Benito Santiago at 23 in 1988.
...Led the team with 157 games played, and
started 153 games (150-3B, 3-DH).
...Ranked among Rays all-time single-season
leaders in doubles (2nd), RBI (3rd), home runs
(5th), runs (100) and extra-base hits (2nd).
...Became the 5th different player in Rays history
to hit 30 HR in a season (Peña-3x, Fred
McGriff, Aubrey Huff, Jose Canseco) and 5th
different Ray with a 100-RBI season (Peña-3x,
Huff-2x, McGriff-2x, Jorge Cantu)...he and
Peña became the first Rays teammates to collect
100 RBI, let alone to reach 30/100.
...His 60 home runs over his first two major
league seasons rank 8th in major league history
(see chart)...the top 7 players consist of 4
Hall of Famers and 3 active players.
...Reached 100 career RBI on April 27...came in
his 135th game, the 3rd-quickest active player
behind Ryan Braun (118) and Albert Pujols
...He and Peña combined for 72 home runs,
most of any two teammates in the AL.
...Was involved in 4 of the team's 5 back-toback
homers-twice with Peña and twice with
Crawford...he and Peña have gone back-toback
together 4 times, a club record...he and
Crawford did it May 7 at NYY off Mariano
Rivera, the only time Rivera has ever allowed
back-to-back homers...he and Peña did it May
1 vs. BOS off Justin Masterson, as Longoria's
grand slam was followed by Peña's homer.
...Missed a total of 6 starts at third base from
May 31-June 7 due to tightness in his left
hamstring...in 52 games prior to that, he hit
.332 with 13 homers and led the majors with
55 RBI and 33 extra-base hits...in his next 71
games (May 31-Aug 29) he hit .219 with 11 HR
and 33 RBI...then, in his final 34 games from
Aug 30, he hit .333 with 9 HR and 25 RBI.
...Became the only AL player since 1954 to total
at least 10 HR, 20 2B, and 50 RBI through his
team's first 50 games.
...Was named AL Player of the Month for April,
becoming the first Rookie of the Year from
either league to earn Player (or pitcher) of the
Month honors in April of the following year...
hit .369 with 6 HR, 24 RBI, 11 2B and a .714
SLG...led AL in 2B, extra-base hits and total
bases and tied for 1st in slugging and RBI...
set club record for April in batting avg. and tied
club RBI mark.
...Was named AL Player of the Week three times
(April 5-12, April 27-May 3, Aug 31-Sep 6),
most of any player in the majors.
Had a stretch of 10 games ... (April 30-May 9) in
which he totaled 24 RBI.
...Hit 2 HR on Aug 4 vs. BOS, including a 13thinning
walk-off against Takashi Saito, the 2nd
game-ending HR in his career (May 9, 2008 vs.
LAA)...also struck out 4 times, becoming only
player since 1954 to record 2 HR and 4 SO in
the same game.
...Had a career-high 12-game hit streak Aug 29-
Sep 8 (.417; 20-for-48, 6-2B, 5-HR, 15-RBI)...
this included streaks of 8 straight games with
an RBI, tying a club record, and 8 straight
games with an extra-base hit, setting a club
record...all streaks ended on Sep 9 at NYY.
...Stole 9 bases in 9 attempts, improving to a
perfect 16-for-16 in his career...only 2 AL players
stole more bases without being caught in
2009: NYY Johnny Damon (12) and MIN Alexi
Casilla (11)...no player since 1954 has more career
steals without being caught than Longo.
...Hit .347 (25-for-72) against Boston with 8 HR,
27 RBI and 9 2B...in ML history, only 4 players
have hit more HR vs. Boston in one season:
NYY Mickey Mantle (11 in 1954 and 9 in 1958),
DET Al Kaline (10 in 1959), WAS Frank Howard
(9 in 1969) and MIN Harmon Killebrew (9 in
1964)...27 RBI ranked 5th all time vs. Boston,
and 2 behind Kaline's record of 29 in 1959.
...Led the AL with 27 GIDP on the year, a new
club record (Cantu had 24 in 2005)...had 27 of
the Rays 104 GIDP this year (26 percent)...his
140 strikeouts ranked 10th in the AL.
...Made his first Opening Day roster, and at 23
years old was the youngest Rays player on it...
was the 6th starting third baseman in 6 years
for the Rays on Opening Day, following (from
2004-08) Damian Rolls, Alex Gonzalez, Aubrey
Huff, Akinori Iwamura and Willy Aybar.
...ALL-STAR GAME: Was elected by the fans as
the starting AL third baseman, joining designated
hitter Jose Canseco (1999) as the second
Ray to be elected as a starter (neither one
played due to injury)...finished with the 3rdmost
votes among AL players behind NYY
Derek Jeter and MIN Joe Mauer.
...Was unable to play due to an infection on
the ring finger of his right hand...23-year-old
would have been the youngest player in 11
years to start for the AL (SEA Alex Rodriguez
was 22 in 1998).
...Unseated NYY Alex Rodriguez as the leading
AL third base vote-getter, after A-Rod had
been voted in by fans for all five years (2004-
08) since he converted from shortstop.
...Was his second All-Star selection...joined
3-time All-Star Carl Crawford as the only Rays
position players to be selected to more than
one All-Star Game.
After six games in the majors, signed a contract
April 18 worth a guaranteed $17.5 million
over 6 years and potentially $44 million over
9 years...it is the longest contract in club history,
both in guaranteed and potential years...
he will donate up to $725,000 to the Rays
Baseball Foundation over the life of the deal...
part of his donation went toward the renovation
of the Azalea Park Little League field in St.
Named 2008 AL Rookie of the Year by the
Baseball Writers Association of America...received
all 28 first place votes...was the 7th AL
rookie to win the award unanimously and first
since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997...the others:
Derek Jeter (1996) Tim Salmon (1993), Sandy
Alomar, Jr. (1990), Mark McGwire (1987) and
Carlton Fisk (1972)...became first Ray to win a
national BBWAA award.
Received The Sporting News Rookie of the
Year and was named to the Topps Rookie All-
Despite missing 30 games with a fractured
right wrist, he led all major league rookies with
27 home runs , 85 RBI, a .531 slugging pct., 60
extra-base hits and 238 total bases...ranked
2nd among AL rookies with 31 doubles, 3rd in
walks with 46 and 4th in runs with 67.
His 27 home runs were the most by an
AL rookie in 11 years, when BOS Nomar
Garciaparra hit 30 in 1997...ranked 4th all-time
among rookie third basemen in homers behind
Al Rosen (37, 1950, CLE), Ryan Braun (34,
2007, MIL) and Jim Ray Hart (31, 1964, SF).
Added six home runs in the postseason to set a
ML record for a rookie in a single postseason.
His team-high .531 slugging pct. ranked 8th in
the AL...matched Lou Gehrig's SLG as a rookie
in 1925...it was the 3rd highest by any rookie
3B in ML history, behind Ryan Braun's .634 in
2007 and Al Rosen's .543 in 1950...Braun, STL
Albert Pujols (.610 in 2001) and BOS Nomar
Garciaparra (.534) are the only active players
to post a higher SLG as a rookie.
Was selected from Durham (AAA) on April 12
and joined the Rays in their 11th game...played
in all 104 games (103 starts), hitting mostly 5th
and cleanup, until he was hit by a pitch from
closer J.J. Putz on Aug 10 at SEA and suffered
a fractured right wrist...was placed on the DL
Aug 11, retroactive to Aug 8, and activated on
Sep 6, but did not return to the lineup until Sep
13 at NYY.
His .963 fielding pct. has been topped by only
one other AL rookie third baseman in the last
four decades: Akinori Iwamura (.975) with the
Rays in 2007...also played one game at shortstop
for the first time in his professional career
June 29 vs. CHC after Jason Bartlett was a
Was named the team's Outstanding Rookie
by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA...
set Rays rookie records in HR, extra-base hits
and slugging while placing 2nd in RBI (Delmon
Young 93 in 2007) and 3rd in doubles...moved
past Jonny Gomes (21 in 2005) with his 22nd
HR to set the HR record on Aug 5 vs. CLE.
Led the Rays in slugging pct. and extra-base
hits...ranked 2nd in HR and RBI behind Carlos
Peña...led club in HR, RBI at the time of
his injury...set Rays club records for a third
baseman in HR, RBI, 2B, SLG (while actually
playing the position)...his .531 SLG placed 5th
all-time in Rays history.
Ranked 8th in the AL with 16.59 AB/HR...that
was the best AB/HR ratio by a rookie since
STL Albert Pujols in 2001, and ranked 8th alltime
among AL rookies.
Named AL Rookie of the Month in June after
hitting .300 with 11-2B, 8-HR, 19-RBI and a
.650 slugging pct. for the month...became the
3rd Ray to win the award, first since Damon
Hollins in May 2005.
Hit 3 home runs Sep 18 vs. MIN, becoming the
2nd Ray ever to hit 3 in one game (also Jonny
Gomes, July 30, 2005 vs. KC)...was the first
rookie 3B to hit 3 HR in a game since Sep 27,
1952, when BOS-NL Eddie Mathews did it
against the Dodgers in Brooklyn...it was his
3rd multi-HR game of the season, one shy
of the club record (Carlos Peña, 2007; Jorge
Cantu, 2005)...hit 2 HR on two other occasions
(May 24 vs. BAL, June 9 at LAA), making
him the first Rays rookie to post three multi-
Slugged 2 game-winning home runs: May
9 vs. LAA, hit a walk-off 2-run shot off Justin
Speier to win it, 2-0, and make a winner of
James Shields, who threw a one-hitter...May
19 at OAK, hit a 2-run shot off Chad Gaudin
in the 13th inning to make it 7-5; Rays held on
to win it 7-6.
Belted a walk-off double to score Carlos Peña
in the 9th inning on May 25 vs. BAL...the night
before he tallied a Rays rookie record 6 RBI in
an 11-4 vs. BAL...hit 2 HR in the first 2 innings,
his first career multi-HR game...added a sac
fly in the 6th inning for his 6th RBI, becoming
the 3rd Rays player to drive in 6 or more runs in
a game (Carlos Peña, 2 times; Paul Sorrento).
On June 9 at LAA belted two home runs, in
front of 100 family and friends...his first homer
in that game was the first in a string of backto-
back-to-back homers, followed by Willy
Aybar and Dioner Navarro, the first time any
Rays trio had done that...finished that series
at LAA (June 9-11) 6-for-9 with 4-2B, 2-HR,
3-RBI, 5-R and 3-BB.
Homered in 3 straight games June 19-21...
the first one was his first career grand slam in
a 10-pitch at-bat off Roy Halladay, snapping
Longo's 0-for-15 skid.
Was named AL Player of the Week for June
23-29 after hitting .433 (13-30) in 6 games with
3-HR, 10-RBI and 5-2B...included were three
consecutive games of at least three hits and
a home run, the first rookie to do that since
Johnny Frederick of the Brooklyn Dodgers in
1929...homered and singled in the Rays 10-
run 5th inning in a 15-3 win June 25 at FLA.
Made his major league debut April 12 vs. BAL,
starting at 3B and batting 6th...went 1-for-3
with a BB and RBI, his first hit and RBI coming
on his 6th-inning ground ball single to left off
Hit his first career home run off NYY Brian
Bruney on April 14 at home to tie the game,
7-7, and drew a curtain call as the back end
of back-to-back homers with B.J. Upton...it
was his third major league game...homered
off BOS Josh Beckett on April 27 (solo) to give
the Rays a 2-0 lead en route to the team's firstever
sweep of Boston.
On June 6 at TEX, slugged a 442-foot home
run that landed in the club level in LF, joining
OAK Mark McGwire (1997) as the only visiting
players to reach the middle deck at Rangers
Slugged 6 home runs in the 2008 postseason
to set a major league record for a rookie in a
single postseason (prev. 4, FLA Miguel Cabrera
in 2003)...was the youngest player in major
league history to hit 6 or more homers in a single
postseason...turned 23 on Oct 7, between
the ALDS and ALCS...4 of his 6 homers came
in the ALCS vs. Boston, tying the all-time LCS
record for any player.
Only 4 players have hit more HR in a single
postseason: SF Barry Bonds (8 in 2002), HOU
Carlos Beltran (8 in 2004), ANA Troy Glaus (7
in 2002) and TB B.J. Upton (7 in 2008).
Homered on his first two swings of the postseason
both coming in Game 1 of the ALDS at
Tropicana Field...became the second player in
MLB history to homer in his first two postseason
at-bats, joining MIN Gary Gaetti in 1987
(David Vincent, SABR)...incidentally, Gaetti
was Evan's former hitting coach at Triple-A
At age 22, became the 3rd-youngest player
to homer twice in a postseason game, behind
ATL Andruw Jones in 1996 (19) and NYY Tony
Kubek in 1957 (20).
Combined with B.J. Upton to hit 13 home runs
in the postseason, 2nd-most of any pair of
teammates in major league history (SF Barry
Bonds and Rich Aurilia hit 14 in 2002)...8 of the
13 came in the ALCS, most by any duo in a single
series in postseason play...he and Upton
were also the first teammates under 25 to have
multi-homer games in one postseason.
His four ALCS home runs came in four consecutive
games (Games 2-5), tying an LCS record...
went back-to-back with Carlos Peña in
Games 4 and 5, the first time teammates had
done it twice in a postseason series.
Totaled 13 RBI in the postseason...8 of them
came in the ALCS, tying CIN Pat Duncan
(1919) for most RBI by a rookie in a single postseason
series...9 of his 12 postseason hits
went for extra bases.
Was named to the AL All-Star Team after winning
the "Final Vote" fan ballot with a record
9 million votes...became the youngest Rays
position player ever to make the club...was
the 3rd rookie 3B ever to make the AL squad,
joining KC Kevin Seitzer (1987) and MIN Rich
Rollins (1962)...was the first rookie 3B in 20
years (CIN Chris Sabo, 1988) in either league
to make it...Sabo was also the only other primary
3B in history to have made the All-Star
Game in his first major league season (without
a previous "cup of coffee").
Went 1-for-4 with a ground-rule RBI double as
he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the
DH spot...plated CLE Grady Sizemore, tying
the game at three and forcing extra innings, as
the AL went on to win 4-3 in 15...became the
first rookie to collect an RBI in the Midsummer
Classic since NYY Tom Tresh in 1962 (double
off STL Bob Gibson).
Became the 6th rookie to participate in the
Home Run Derby since it began in 1985,
and the first Ray...other rookies were CAL
Wally Joyner and OAK Jose Canseco (1986),
OAK Mark McGwire (1987), LAD Mike Piazza
(1993) and BOS Nomar Garciaparra (1997)...
at 22 years, 283 days old, Longo became the
youngest participant since SEA Ken Griffey,
Jr. in 1992 (22 years, 234 days) and the 3rdyoungest
participant ever (also OAK Jose
Canseco, 22 in 1986)...hit 3 home runs in the
contest, and did not advance past the first
Reached the All-Star break with 16-HR, 53-
RBI, 23-2B, making him 1 of 4 major league
rookies in the last 50 years and 1 of 6 alltime
to reach 15-HR, 20-2B, 50-RBI before
the break...others were CHC Geovany Soto
(2008), CAL Devon White (1987), BOS Fred
Lynn (1975), CLE Hal Trosky (1934) and CWS
Zeke Bonura (1933).
Played in a total of 171 games combined with AA Montgomery (105), AAA Durham regular season (31) and postseason (8), Arizona Fall League (12) and Team USA (15)...batted .298 (188-630) with 42 doubles, 33 home runs and 115 RBI...Had a combined .402 (231-575) on-base pct. at Durham and Montgomery and batted
.323 (43-133) with runners in scoring position...Selected for the All-Star Futures Game and batted third for the U.S. team...singled
off the Marlins' Rick VandenHurk in his only at-bat...In November, along with fellow Rays prospect Justin Ruggiano, helped Team USA win their first IBAF World Cup since 1974 as the U.S. ended Cuba's 33-year dominance with a 6-3 win over the Cubans in the gold medal game in Taiwan...Longoria batted .289 (11-38) with 3 doubles, a triple, home run and 5 RBI in the tournament...had two hits and another HR taken off the books in a win over Panama when it was discovered Panama used an ineligible player and the game had to be forfeited...Named AA Southern League MVP despite a promotion to AAA Durham on August 1...at the time of his promotion was tied for the league lead in home runs (21), a Montgomery single-season record...ended up tied for 3rd in the SL...led the league in slugging (.518), was 4th in on-base pct. (.403) and tied for 5th in batting (.307)...despite missing the last month was 4th in runs scored (78) and 5th in RBI (76)...In his last at-bat at Montgomery before joining Durham, he hit a 10th-inning grand slam in the Biscuits' 9-3 win over Birmingham
(White Sox) on July 30...Batted .361 (56-155) in his last 41 games at Montgomery before the promotion to AAA Bulls...Started 31 of Durham's last 38 games after joining the club, all but three at 3B...was Durham's 2nd-leading hitter in the postseason
with a .375 (12-32) mark and led the team with 12 hits and six extra-base hits...in two years has batted .361 (22-61) in 15 postseason games with 5 home runs and 12 RBI...Had 4 home runs in just 44 at-bats for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League before joining Team USA in late October...Made only 5 errors in his last 79 games: 3 in his last 51 games at Montgomery and 2 in his 28 games at Durham.
Selected by the Rays with the third overall pick in the draft on June 6, 2006 and signed to a contract within 20 minutes of his selection...entered draft day ranked as the top position player (#4 overall prospect)
and best pure college hitter in the draft by Baseball America...Made three stops in his first professional season spending time at Hudson Valley (SS-A), Visalia (A) and Montgomery (AA)...combined at all stops to bat .315 with 14 doubles, 18 home runs and 58 RBI in 62 games...ranked 4th among Rays farmhands
in homers...Made his pro debut with Hudson Valley hitting safely in 7 of his 8 games there for a .424 average (14-for-33)...in his first game, June 20 against Aberdeen (Orioles), he delivered a sacrifice fly on the first professional
pitch he faced...Promoted to Visalia on June 29 where he recorded his first multi-homer game June 6 at Bakersfield (Rangers)...Joined Montgomery on Aug. 4 helping the Biscuits down the stretch and through their Southern League Championship run...hit safely in 10 of his first 12 games with the Biscuits including his 2nd multi-homer game on Aug. 13 at Mobile (Padres)...Appeared in all seven Montgomery playoff games as the starting third baseman batting .345 with 3 home runs, 6 RBI and team-high 8 runs scored...belted a 2-run, 2-out, walk-off home run in the 9th inning Sep. 9 to give the Biscuits a 2-0 win and clinch the first-round series sweep over Jacksonville (Dodgers)...Tabbed by Baseball America as the Rays top infield prospect (#2 overall) and the club's best power hitter...For the entire year, he batted .332 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI in 125 games combined as a pro and at Long Beach State...Named the Big West Conference's co-Player of the Year, third team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and a finalist for the 2006 Golden Spikes Award given to the top player in college baseball after batting .353 (71-201) with a team-high 11 home runs and 43 RBI in his junior year for Long Beach State University...led the conference in slugging (.603) and on-base percentage (.468)...In his two-year career at Long Beach State, Longoria batted .336 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI...played primarily third base, but as a sophomore in 2005, he filled in at shortstop for the injured Troy Tulowitzki,
the Rockies' first round selection in 2005 (7th overall).