Now Commenting On:

Longoria taking on more of leadership role


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- With five Major League seasons under his belt, Evan Longoria is now one of the Rays' elder statesmen. The 27-year-old told himself coming into Spring Training this season that he would "do a better job at meeting the new guys and just making myself available for them."

"I don't really want to be the vocal leader, that's never been me," Longoria said. "I've always been the guy to lead by example and just go about my business and go that way. But I did kind of tell myself to make a point of introducing myself and letting [my new teammates] know that we're happy to have them here -- doing the same thing that Joe [Maddon] does. Having that open-door policy and making myself available if they have any questions about the way that the team runs or the way that the organization runs, stuff like that."

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español