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 at the plate: Pinch-hit for Cliff Floyd, and walked in his only plate appearance. He was later replaced by Eric Hinske and did not see action in the field.
Quotes: none reported
Summary: Longoria is officially 2-5 with 4 walks (he was also 0-2 in one rainout). Willy Aybar has 13 plate appearances in the spring to Longoria’s 11. Aybar has played 18 innings in the field while Longoria has logged only 12 innings. This knocks The Dirtbag down one notch and if this pace keeps up for the next couple of days, the odds might fall below 50%.