ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria says he has had more consistent years, but his influence has been valuable to the Tampa Bay Rays' postseason push.
The Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America named the third baseman the Rays' most valuable player Friday in a presentation of its annual awards. Outfielder Wil Myers was voted the team's outstanding rookie and infielder Ben Zobrist was given the Paul C. Smith Champion Award, presented to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field.
"It was a huge honor," Longoria said. "It's kind of ironic for me that of all the years ... I feel like this has been my most inconsistent year. I feel like this year has been a little personally disappointing for myself. I guess it speaks to the fact that I've been healthy, I've been able to be on the field everyday."
Longoria, 27, entered Friday hitting .264 with a team-high 29 home runs and 77 RBI. Those numbers are comparable to...