Rays' Evan Longoria collects third Gold Glove award

By Digital Media Team, Bay News 9
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017, 10:52 AM EST

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was honored Tuesday night with his third career Gold Glove Award. 

Longoria, 32, played in 142 games in 2017 for the Rays, making just 12 errors in 375 chances. He led all American League third basemen with 11 defensive runs saved. 

Longoria bested Baltimore's Manny Machado and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez for the award. 

A 10-year veteran and 3-time all-star, Longoria is the first Rays player to collect three Gold Glove awards. He also won the award in 2009 and 2010. 

The award is determined 75 percent by coaches and players, and 25 percent by statistics. 

"The Gold Glove is one of the awards when I first started playing that I wanted to win. So to win a third one is really cool," Longoria told MLB.com. "I definitely take pride in my defense, so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to get this call and win the Gold Glove." 

Rays pitcher Alex Cobb, also a Gold Glove finalist, finished second behind winner, Toronto's Marcus Stroman.