Last year’s American League Rookie of the Year, Evan Longoria, hit 27 home runs in just 122 games. Given a full season, it’s likely that Evan could have easily hit 40 or more dingers. Looking at some of Evan’s baseball cards, you wouldn’t know it. It seems that all the card companies are fixated on using photos of Evan playing his position or posing with his bat, never actually using it.
Now, while this may seem fine to guys like Omaz Vizquel and Fernando Vina who were better fielders than hitters… it’s a travesty to a guy like Evan. Don’t let the injury-shortened season numbers fool you, Evan is a slugger who will one day find himself at the top of the league leaders in home runs sooner rather than later.
It’s time for a company to give us some great baseball cards featuring Evan crushing a few bombs at Tropicana Field so young fans can have the same memories I had with photos like this. We don’t need another posed shot or worse, a photo of Evan fielding a routine ground ball for the 100th time.