We call him The Dirtbag because of how he plays and because he played college ball at Long Beach State whose baseball team has the coolest mascot in sports…The Dirtbags.
The biggest question mark for the Tampa Bay Rays in Spring Training is whether or not Evan Longoria will be named the opening day third baseman. Manager Joe Maddon has repeatedly stated that the decision will be based less on his stats, and more on how the 22-year old handles himself on a day-to-day basis and how well The Dirtbag adjusts to everyday life as a major leaguer. From now until the Rays announce a decision on Longoria’s fate, we will track The Dirtbag’s progress through his numbers, our own observations and quotes from Maddon and Andrew Friedman…
Yesterday:Made barehanded play on Shane Victorino’s drag bunt. At the plate, Longoria started at third base and went 0-2.
Quotes:”Longoria’s play on the bunt – oh my God…I mean, even Victorino couldn’t believe that.” – Joe Maddon.
Summary: The Dirtbag is now officially 2-7 in the spring (was 0-2 in game called for rain). He does have 4 walks and has been on base 6 times in 11 plate appearances. He is without a hit since the second game of the spring. The Rays wanted to see how Longoria responded to a slump. Well, he is now 0 for his last 6 at bats (including the canceled game). Yep, we suspect that should qualify.