San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria spent the first decade of his career with the Rays. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Like other sports leagues, Major League Baseball is at least considering the possibility of having to play games in front of empty stadiums in response to the coronavirus outbreak. As Evan Longoria reminds us, the Tampa Bay Rays may already be used to that.

Longoria, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Rays, was asked on Tuesday about the possibility of MLB not allowing fans to attend games in order prevent the spread of coronavirus. The third baseman took a swipe at the Rays before saying he hopes it does not come to that.

It’s no secret that the Rays struggle to get fans to attend games. They rank at or near the bottom of baseball in attendance every year, and they averaged less than 15,000 fans per home game last year despite winning 96 games and reaching the postseason. This is a franchise that has explored the idea of playing half of its home games out of the country, so Longoria has a point.

Some will say Longoria’s joke was in poor taste, as the coronavirus outbreak has become a serious concern worldwide. However, we highly doubt Longoria’s intention was to make light of the situation. He was stating a fact, after all.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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ARZ / 51 / 88-09
Randy Johnson
ATL / 142 / 54-76
Hank Aaron
BAL / 95 / 81-01
Cal Ripken
BOS / 123 / 39-60
Ted Williams
CHC / 84 / 1871-97
Cap Anson
CHW / 74 / 30-50
Luke Appling
CIN / 77 / 63-86
Pete Rose
CLE / 79 / 1896-16
Nap Lajoie
COL / 61 / 97-13
Todd Helton
DET / 144 / 05-28
Ty Cobb
HOU / 79 / 91-05
Jeff Bagwell
KC / 88 / 73-93
George Brett
LAA / 72 / 11-
Mike Trout
LAD / 66 / 40-58
Pee Wee Reese
MIA / 35 / 10-17
Giancarlo Stanton
MIL / 76 / 74-93
Robin Yount
MIN* / 151 / 1907-27
Walter Johnson
NYM / 76 / 67-86
Tom Seaver
NYY / 142 / 14-35
Babe Ruth
OAK / 76 / 1901-17
Eddie Plank
PHI / 106 / 72-89
Mike Schmidt
PIT / 120 / 1897-17
Honus Wagner
SD / 68 / 82-01
Tony Gwynn
SF / 154 / 51-73
Willie Mays
SEA / 70 / 89-10
Ken Griffey Jr.
STL / 128 / 41-63
Stan Musial
TB / 49 / 08-17
Evan Longoria
TEX / 50 / 91-11
Ivan Rodriguez
TOR / 57 / 79-98
Dave Stieb
WAS* / 55 / 74-92
Gary Carter

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