When Evan Longoria joined the 300-homer club in the Giants’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 21, broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow believed the Giants third baseman would someday reach 400 career homers.
That’s a tall task for the 34-year-old who turns 35 in October. But on Friday, Longoria took a small step towards the 400-homer mark with No. 301 in the Giants’ 7-4 loss to those same D-Backs.
Longoria had 30-plus homer power earlier in his career, but he hasn’t reached that threshold since he hit 36 with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016. His highest total since then is 20 in 2017 and 2019.
Longoria has two more guaranteed years left on his contract with the Giants, plus a $13 million team option that carries a $5 million buyout for the 2023 season. If the Giants don’t bring him back before the 2023 season, he would be looking for a new home during his age-37 season.
So while it looks like Longoria’s career might be winding down, the 13 MLB veteran hasn’t let his mind wander there.
“It’s a day-to-day thing,” Longoria told reporters after the game Friday. “Some days, I’m sure I’ll be criticized for looking my age and then other days are good. I don’t really think about it, honestly. My sole goal every day is to just to be productive and just think about that day I’m showing up at the ballpark and what I can do to be better than the last. I think when I look at it that way, it’s much better than when I think about the next year or two years or what’s down the line.”
With two more hits Friday, Longoria now is slashing .293/.330.485 with four homers and 16 RBI.
Of all players in the history of MLB to play 90 percent of their games at third base, Longoria is 10th all time with his 301 homers. While 400 homers is a long-shot for Longoria, he can sleep well at night knowing that whenever he takes off the cleats for the last time, he will go down as one of the best third baseman to ever play the game.