Longoria reaches 100-RBI milestone
Slugger becomes third fastest active player to achieve mark
SEATTLE -- Evan Longoria continues to make his mark in the game he makes look so easy.
Wednesday night the reigning American League Rookie of the Year had three RBIs, which pushed him past 100 career RBIs in just his 135th game, which makes him the third quickest active player to the mark behind Ryan Braun (118 games) and Albert Pujols (131).
Longoria said he had no idea he had reached the plateau.
"I guess that's quite an accomplishment," Longoria said. "Like I said I didn't come to the park knowing I needed two. But that's something special."
Longoria would like to be a 100 RBI man every year for the Rays.
"Especially if I'm hitting in the three hole," Longoria said. "I mean they have to look to me to drive in runs. The guys in front of me are going to steal bases and get in scoring position. I know that. It doesn't make the job any easier. But I've got to drive in runs."
Longoria's 100th RBI came on a fourth-inning double that drove home Carl Crawford to score the Rays' sixth run of the game.
"He's special," said teammate Pat Burrell, who knows his way around an RBI. "I just hope he can stay healthy. If he can stay healthy and on the field, I don't think he has a ceiling. I hate to put parameters on it because I think he's one of those few guys that just can do everything."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.