Evan Longoria 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays first round pick (No. 3 overall) a third base man. Handout Photo Rays first round draft pick, third baseman Evan Longoria, takes some time to talk to the media after batting practice Wednesday. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times
He is a three-time All-Star, was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2008, won the Silver Slugger award in 2009 and has finished in the top 20 of the AL MVP voting six times.
Evan Longoria spins around in disbelief after Jacoby Ellsbury stole third base in the sixth inning, from May 2009. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria drives the ball into right field for an RBI-single in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, July 25, 2008, in Kansas City, Mo. AP Photo/Ed Zurga
The team record holder in many offensive categories, Longoria is probably most known for his dramatic 2011 Game 162 12th-inning
walkoff homer that pushed the Rays into the playoffs in one of the wildest regular-season finishes in major-league history. Evan Longoria is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on Carlos Pena's grand slam in the second. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times Rays fans reach out for autographs from Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) before the game. Times files Evan Longoria is welcomed into the Rays dugout after his two-run homer off Brett Cecil in the third during the Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays brightest young sports hero, races around like Jason Bourne through a city chasing a ball cap, charming pretty women, for a new commercial being featured nationwide on baseball telecasts. Handout photo SP_296218_BORC_rays_17 (10/19/2008 St. Petersburg, FL) Evan Longoria and teammates celebrate in locker room after win, October 2008. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times Evan Longoria rounds the bases with his solo home run during the Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday (10/13/08). Times files "The Music Issue" features Evan Longoria as a member of Devo. ESPN. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria high fives the crowd as he runs down the red carpet while fans cheer as they welcome the AL East championship team home at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport Sunday evening (10/03/10). DIRK SHADD | Times Rays third baseman Evan Longoria reads the book, "Bats in My Attic" by Sydnie Meltzer Kleinhenz and illustrated by Rick Stromoski, at the Pinellas Park Library to kick off "Reading with the Rays-- Read Your Way to the Ballpark." Longoria read, asked trivia questions for prizes and discussed the importance of reading while encouraging his audience to read over the summer. CHERIE DIEZ | Times Rays third baseman Evan Longoria sits in the dugout after striking out in the third inning and leaving teammates Ben Zobrist stranded at first and Sam Fuld stranded at third in the bottom of the ninth on Friday, 07/12/2013. The Rays lost the game 2-1. The Tampa Bay Rays play the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field. CHRIS ZUPPA | Times
The Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria signs an autograph for Blake Samon, 5, of St. Petersburg, during the Tampa Bay Rays Wives' 5th annual Rays on the Runway Fashion Show held to benefit the Children's Dream Fund on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at Nordstrom at International Plaza in Tampa. credit: Brian Blanco (From left) Evan, Nash and Jaime Longoria during the Longo's Cove grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Great Explorations Children's Museum on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Longorias sponsored the 26-foot-tall climber exhibit. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) signs for fans before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times