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October 3, 2019

Evan Longoria wrapped up his 12th Major League season, and second with the Giants. Get to know the third baseman, from his role models to his sunglasses collection to his passion for exploring. If you could switch positions with anyone in Major League Baseball for a day, who would you

Evan Longoria wrapped up his 12th Major League season, and second with the Giants. Get to know the third baseman, from his role models to his sunglasses collection to his passion for exploring.

If you could switch positions with anyone in Major League Baseball for a day, who would you want to play as?

I would want to be [Angels slugger] Mike Trout. He’s an unbelievable player, the best player I’ve ever seen. I think one of the best players anybody has ever seen. I think it would be fun to see what he sees for a day, play how he plays and see what happens. He just makes the game look so easy, so I think that would be kind of the fun part. I think a lot of people looking from the outside say, “Everybody at this level makes this game look easy.” But for Major League players to say another Major League player makes the game look easy, I think is a different level. It would be interesting to see what goes through his head and if he actually feels that way, which I know he probably doesn’t. Everybody grinds and everybody feels like they’re struggling, but I think it would be fun just to experience that.

Halloween is this month. What is your favorite or most memorable moment?

Actually, my mom was just in town [recently] and we were talking about Halloween costumes with my kids, they’re 6 and 4. She was saying how as kids, we’d go trick-or-treating but we’d never really dress up. We would always just put some ratty clothes from our bottom drawer and dress up as a hobo. It was always a ragtag costume. We didn’t spend any extra money on them. It was just whatever we could pull out and make a costume out of. …

Now, we usually just go along with whatever the kids want us to do. This year, we’re going to dress up in some sort of Pokémon outfit because they want to be Pokémon characters. Actually, last year my wife and I dressed up as two characters from “Stranger Things.” We’re going back again this coming Halloween to our house in Florida. They have a big block party, so it’s pretty fun.

Let’s pretend someone gives you two round-trip tickets to go anywhere in the world in the offseason. Where would you go and why?

I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit in the offseason, and I’ve seen a lot of places. If I had to choose one place that I’ve been to go to back to, it would probably be Maui, Hawaii. We are going back this offseason, so I’m looking forward to that. Last year was my first time in Hawaii, and it was a beautiful place.

If it was someplace new, my wife and I have talked quite a bit about going to Africa on some sort of safari excursion-type thing. We enjoy getting outside. I don’t know if I’d do the one where you actually live out there in the bushes, but we’d probably try to find some middle ground. We definitely like exploring and seeing things.

I noticed the case with your wide array of sunglasses in it -- seven pairs. What is the background of this collection?

Those are all baseball sunglasses. I have one pair of regular sunglasses. Those are because the sun is different everywhere. Usually I wear these for at home when it’s really bright. I have two other pairs at home, too. A lot of this is just for style, the frames. I usually wear the gray frames on the road, and then I’ll wear the black at home. I have another pair of these in cream, so sometimes I’ll wear the cream at home, too. Just trying to turn the swag up a little bit. Mainly the lenses because the sun is different. Sometimes if you have the clouds going through the suns, these lenses will be too dark for that, so I’ll use the lighter ones.

Who is the most influential person to you, at any point in your life?

My dad. My parents [Mike and Ellie] are still married, and it’s kind of a rarity these days. They have been married 33 years. I know that my parents had a lot of tough times when we were younger. We weren’t poor by any means, but they struggled with money, and I think a lot of struggles come from money or not being able to make ends meet, or things like that. I think it takes a lot of strength on both parents to be able to get through that.

I took a lot from that, watching my dad. He worked a ton. He did odd jobs when I was younger -- plumbing, electrical, kind of everything early on. Then he got a job, which he still works for, the Long Beach Unified School District. He did all kinds of things there. ...

He was always there, and that was the most important part. He was around, he was coaching me. At the same time, he never really forced me to play, which I think was important. I feel like one of the most important things of being the parent of a child who plays sports is understanding that sports in general are mentally and physically taxing on kids and on us now. As a parent, if you don’t understand that, it’s pretty easy to run kids away from a game. My parents never did that. My mom was always very supportive, and my dad coached me but never pressured me to do anything.

Jessica Camerato is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Boston. Follow her on Twitter @jessicacamerato.