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When occured: 
Mon, 1998-12-28

The Arizona Diamondbacks swap outfielder Karim Garcia to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for outfielder Luis Gonzalez.

Gonzalez will go on to hit a career-best .336 in 1999, and lead the National League with 206 hits, helping Arizona win the National League's western division that season before the team fell to the New York Mets in a divisional playoff series. He was selected to his first All-Star Team in 1999.  In 2001 he will hit 57 home runs and win the National League MVP and deliver the game winning hit off Mariano Rivera in game 7 of the World Series which made Arizona the fastest expansion team to ever win a world series. In 2003 the Diamondbacks will extend his contract for another 3 years. 

Garcia hit .222 last year with Arizona. He will last only one season with the Tigers. In May 1999 will become the 34th MLB player to hit a home run over the Tiger Stadium roof in right field.

 

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