Tag: Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria hits a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. It was Longoria's 1000th career hit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Evan Longoria scratched from lineup with flu-like symptoms


Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Evan Longoria was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rangers due to flu-like symptoms.

Normally we wouldn’t do an update on a situation like this. Players are scratched due to illness all the time, but this one is interesting, as it will end Longoria’s streak of 198 consecutive starts. Believe it or not, that’s the longest current active streak in MLB.

Longoria also has the longest current active streak of games played with 270. Barring something like a pinch-hit appearance, that will likewise end tonight. We’re a long way from Cal Ripken, Jr. territory here.

Let’s all just stare at Kris Bryant’s numbers for a while

Kris Bryant

In preparation for 23-year-old Cubs uber-prospect Kris Bryant’s long-awaited MLB debut this afternoon let’s all just stare at his final minor-league numbers, which were compiled in 181 total games spent mostly at Double-A and Triple-A:

– .327 batting average
– .426 on-base percentage
– .667 slugging percentage
– 55 home runs
– 49 doubles
– 107 extra-base hits
– 152 RBIs
– 147 runs scored
– 18 stolen bases
– 99 walks
– 206 strikeouts

For those curious, here are the highest OPS totals by a 23-year-old third baseman since 1960:

1.008 – Troy Glaus, 2000
1.004 – Ryan Braun, 2007
.998 – Miguel Cabrera, 2006
.965 – Gary Sheffield, 1992
.923 – Scott Rolen, 1998
.912 – David Wright, 2006
.889 – Evan Longoria, 2009
.885 – Aramis Ramirez, 2001
.878 – Eric Chavez, 2001
.870 – Dick Allen, 1965

Based on the incredible hype attached to Bryant a lot of people will probably be disappointed if he turns into, say, the next Troy Glaus instead of the next Mike Schmidt, but either way I’m just glad to have all the hot takes about service time manipulation put away until the next great prospect is ready for a call-up.

My gut-feel prediction for Bryant’s career is that he’ll hit for crazy power, post good but not great batting averages because of high strikeout rates, and make 10 or so All-Star teams.

Evan Longoria day-to-day after suffering bruised hip on hit-by-pitch

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Evan Longoria was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Blue Jays after he was hit by a pitch and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he is considered day-to-day with a bruised hip.

Rays right-hander Chris Archer hit Russell Martin and Edwin Encarnacion with pitches earlier in the game, though neither of them appeared to be intentional. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada then drilled Longoria in the left hip in the eighth inning, which you can watch here. Things got a little heated between Archer and Mark Buehrle in the aftermath and Rays manager Kevin Cash told Topkin after the game that thinks the pitch had intent behind it. It’s hard to blame him.

Fortunately, it looks like Longoria should be OK, but we’ll have to see if the bad blood spills over into future matchups between these clubs.