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Evan Longoria becomes Rays franchise leader with 164th career home run

Apr 19, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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Evan Longoria is already on a lot of top-ten leaderboards for the Rays. The franchise came into existence in 1998, so it’s not nearly as impressive as a top-ten appearance on Red Sox leaderboards. At any rate, Longoria figures to be the guy everybody chases by the time he hangs up his spikes.

With a third inning, two-run blast off of Ivan Nova on Saturday night, Longoria broke a tie with Carlos Pena to become the Rays’ franchise leader in career home runs with 164.

The Rays’ top-ten for home runs:

Rank Player HR
1 Evan Longoria 164
2 Carlos Pena 163
3 Aubrey Huff 128
4 B.J. Upton 118
5 Ben Zobrist 107
6 Carl Crawford 104
7 Fred McGriff 99
8 Matthew Joyce 69
9 Jonny Gomes 66
10 Greg Vaughn 60

  1. arizonagrit - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    “With a third inning, two-run blast off of Evan Longoria on Saturday night, Longoria broke a tie with Carlos Pena to become the Rays’ franchise leader in career home runs with 164”

    Dude is hittin homeruns off himself now. The legend grows…

    • Bill Baer - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      I’m not sure if you watched the game but it was Clone Night around baseball, so Evan Longoria was allowed to hit against himself and that’s how history was made.

      • extavernmouse - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        I saw that homer, and he threw himself a total gopher ball. Came in at about 55 mph with no movement. Cheater…

  2. mazblast - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Congratulations to Longoria on becoming the all-time Rays’ HR leader. it may not be such a great accomplishment considering the team’s relative youth, but heck, there are only 30 career HR leaders in major league history, and he’s now one of them.

    Watching the replay, I’m not sure I’ve seen such a meatball of a pitch in a long time. That thing was hanging like a pinata, almost screaming, “HIT ME HIT ME HIT MEEEEEEEEEE…”

  3. NYTolstoy - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Even though the Rays have only been around 16 years its already done pretty well. A World Series appearance and I believe what 5 playoff runs? the team with no payroll and such a small fan base continues to impress and is feared in the toughest Division. Ironic that I as a Yankee fan fear the Rays the most in the Division. Proud to see Longoria become the All time leader plus with another 8 years under contract with the Rays I see him as the guy who WILL be the top of the Rays all time everything list offensively and hard to break im sure.

  4. renaado - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Truly congratulations to Longoria on topping the Homerun list on Tropicana park that day…

    And also judging from the scoreboard there where the Yankees are gettin pummelled at I’m pretty sure a certain someone ain’t likin the result there.

    • Reflex - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Hey, she chose to root for the evil empire, she takes her lumps. 😉

      • renaado - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        True, but I really didn’t expect she’d be rooting for the Yankees though knowing I didn’t show her any videos featuring the Yankees last year. Achaela’s been a baseball and Yankees fan for 3 months already and she’s been braggin alot now on how the Yankees are goin to win the World Series this year.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      • renaado - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        XD ! True luke, she’s one of the guys I know that introduced the sport of Baseball here in our country. Let’s just say she’s been curious to know about that sport for quite a while now and just so matters she’s very interested with this Yankees team and has been watching a lot of videos of em now, ranging from it’s rich history in the past and the current Yankees now in the present.

  5. raysfan1 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Congrats, and here’s hoping Longo goes long many, many more times.

  6. alexo0 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Based on the Rays history of offensive prowess, had this headline read he became the franchise leader with 164 RBI, I would have believed it.

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