Evan Longoria has still got it.
The former Rays star, now with the Diamondbacks, just turned 38 earlier in October, but he’s emerged as one of the most important pieces of Arizona’s postseason run.
Longoria came through with two terrific defensive plays in a Wild Card Series sweep of the Brewers, and he delivered both an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the Diamondbacks’ NLDS Game 1 win over the Dodgers.
Longoria’s on-field performance has garnered the attention, but for some, his name has stood out just as much as his play. Doesn’t it look a bit too familiar?
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Here’s what you need to know about Longoria’s connection with actress Eva Longoria.
Is Evan Longoria related to Eva Longoria?
Evan Longoria is not related to Eva Longoria, despite the two having such similar names. Because their names are one single letter off, however, Longoria hasn’t been able to escape talk about the actress.
Longoria said while playing at Long Beach State more than 15 years ago, “I get ragged on it a lot, but I don’t mind. My friends and I think she’s hot.”
By the time Longoria reached the Rays, however, he told reporters that he was tired of talking about the similarity. Eva, however, was not. The actress sent Longoria a bottle of champagne when he made the All-Star Game as a rookie in 2008, and he sent three signed jerseys to thank her.
Both Evan and Eva are Mexican-American, but Evan grew up in California, while Eva grew up in Texas. They are also just over 10 years apart, with Evan being the younger of the two despite being one of the oldest players in this year’s playoffs.
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Who is Evan Longoria’s wife?
Longoria’s actual wife, Jamie Edmondson, has her own claim to fame. She competed on two seasons of “The Amazing Race” after working as a Dolphins cheerleader.
Edmondson started her career as a police officer after getting a degree in criminal justice before making the transition to cheerleader.
Longoria and Edmondson were married in 2015 and have three children, including two from before they tied the knot.
Evan Longoria career earnings
Longoria is in his 16th MLB season, so he’s made plenty of money between the Rays, Giants and Diamondbacks. According to Spotrac, he’s made $145.9 million from MLB contracts alone.
Longoria first cashed in when he signed a six-year, $100 million extension with the Rays after the 2012 season. The deal didn’t kick in until later on, and Longoria played out a large portion of it with the Giants from 2018 to 2022.
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The three-time All-Star signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Diamondbacks before the 2023 season, and he made himself an extra million by hitting an incentive in the contract.
Longoria will be a free agent after the season. While he’s played well in the postseason, his offensive numbers dipped during the regular season and might thin his market.