Evan Longoria is newest member of the San Francisco Giants. Following a decade with the Tampa Bay Rays, "Longo" was traded to the Giants; they'll get three minor-league players including Christian Arroyo, San Francisco's best prospect. The third baseman has multiple Gold Glove awards and a trio of All-Star appearances as well. He'll try to help the Giants take down the Dodgers, who have won the NL West Pennant four years in a row.
He won't be coming to the bay area alone, however. Longoria will bring with him Jamie Faith Edmondson, his wife since 2016. If you're a Giants fan looking to learn more about her, you've come to the right place. Here are five fast facts you should know.
Evan Longoria is headed to San Francisco. Yesterday (December 20th, 2017), the Rays traded their franchise cornerstone to the Giants. Longoria will now be playing third base in California's bay area. Six hours away, actress Eva Longoria lives in Hollywood. Obviously the two have similar names, but is Evan Longoria related to Eva Longoria?
The quick answer is no. Although both share a surname and both are of Hispanic descent, the Giants' third baseman and the Hollywood actress are not from the same family. They've had at least some form of contact, however, and have even made light of the fact that they share a last name. According to this web site, Eva Longoria sent a bottle of champagne to Evan in July 2008. It was a gift to celebrate his first All-Star selection; she also sent three jerseys to sign and send back to him.
The luxury tax, otherwise known as the Competitive Balance Tax, is essentially a soft payroll ceiling. The purpose of the tax is to reduce the advantage of large-market teams that can afford to spend more money. Baseball teams in smaller markets (such as the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers) can't afford to spend money like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers. As a result, the latter teams can buy free agents of higher quality and in higher quantity. The luxury tax forces those teams to incur penalties if their payroll rises above a certain cap.
Upcoming Luxury Tax Thresholds (via MLB.com)
2018: $197 million
Aaron Boone has long been etched as a hero in New York Yankees lore, having hit the game-winning walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. But he may be adding a new chapter to his history. According to reports, the Yankees are set to hire Boone as their next manager; he will replace Joe Girardi, who managed the club for the past ten seasons. Looking to learn a bit more about Aaron Boone's life outside of baseball? Here are a few fast facts you should know about the former infielder.
Boone married Laura Lee Cover, a former Playboy bunny, on November 9th, 2002. You can see some of their photos together if you check out his Instagram account. Some of Cover's sexiest modeling photos can be found here.
The Hall of Fame ballot has been released for 2018, and Trevor Hoffman is one of 33 players on it. Over the next few weeks, members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will make their final voting decisions. BBWAA writers can vote for a maximum of ten players the believe should be immortalized in MLB's Hall of Fame; any player who appears on at least 75% of the ballots earns a place in Cooperstown, Ohio. We'll find out who made the cut on January 24th, 2018! Second Nexus Sports has already profiled Chipper Jones and Jim Thome; today we'll be looking at Trevor Hoffman.
Year on Ballot: 1st
The non-tender deadline for 2017 is fast approaching. This year, the deadline falls on December 1st at 11:59pm EDT. By that point, teams must decide whether or not they will tender contracts to each of their arbitration-eligible players.
Those players who aren't tendered contracts will be eligible to negotiate with all 30 MLB teams. So leading up to that time, we'll see flurry of players join the free agent market.
The Hall of Fame ballot for 2018 was recently released. Many baseball pundits are discussing which players have a chance to be enshrined forever in Cooperstown, Ohio. Voters within the BBWAA each use their own logic and statistics to determine who will be on their ballot. One stat we'll hear floating around in a lot of conversations over the next few weeks is JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score). The JAWS system creator, Jay Jaffe, has been around baseball for a long time.
Here are a few things you might be interested to know about Jay Jaffe