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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Evan Longoria Appreciation Day

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Before diving into the linkage...let’s show some Evan Longoria appreciation

Last night, Evan Longoria launched a game tying home run in the eighth inning, eventually leading to a walk-off victory for the Tampa Bay Rays. The blast was estimated at 440 feet and was also his 30th of the season.

It is now the 4th time Longoria has reached 30 homers in a season, which is now a Rays record. Also, Longoria reached the mark in 125 games, the third quickest in franchise history behind Carlos Pena and Jose Canseco.

(surprisingly, that is Pena’s 2009 season above, not 2007)

(this is how he ended 2007, in order to surpass Longoria’s current status)

Pena's 2007 Games PA H 2B 3B HR BB IBB K AVG OBP SLG BABIP 8/26 - 9/30 33 153 36 2 1 18 33 4 36 .321 .484 .839 .295 Averaged over 162 games 162 752 177 10 5 89 162 20 177 -- -- -- --

I can’t figure out how to get this table to work, so here is a possible blurry image of a snippet from baseball-reference

Back to Longoria, he is still just 30 years old and is signed through the 2023 season. Heading into the 2016 season, there were questions regarding whether or not his past few years were what to expect from him in the future. He has answered that by raising another question, will he possibly be able to keep up his tremendous play from this year.

I mean, come on

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