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Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

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Adrian Gonzalez Player Bio

Position(s):
1B, DH, OF, RF
Born:
May 8, 1982
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
225 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-18-2004 with TEX
Allstar Selections:
2008 GG, 2009 GG

Adrian Gonzalez (born May 8, 1982, in San Diego, California), nicknamed Gonzo[1] and A-Gon,[2] is an all star Mexican American professional baseball first baseman with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Gonzalez was the first overall pick in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins. He was traded to the Texas Rangers and later to the San Diego Padres, where he was an All-Star selection three times and two-time Gold Glove winner. The four-time Padres team Most Valuable Player (MVP) was traded to the Red Sox before entering the final year of his contract during the 2010 offseason.

Gonzalez played for Mexico in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Professional Career

Florida Marlins (2000–2003)

Gonzalez was projected to be a late first-round pick out of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California, but he advanced with his senior year performance.[3] In June 2000, Gonzalez became the first infield position player to be drafted first overall since Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He was given a $3 million signing bonus by the Florida Marlins.[4] While in the Marlins organization, Gonzalez played with the Gulf Coast League Marlins, Utica Blue Sox, Portland Sea Dogs (2002), Albuquerque Isotopes (2003), and Carolina Mudcats (2003). With the A level Kane County Cougars in his 2nd professional season, Gonzalez hit .312 with 17 home runs and 103 RBI's in 127 games.

Texas Rangers (2004–2005)

After a wrist injury, the Marlins felt Gonzalez would be hindered swinging the bat, so the Marlins included Gonzalez in a June 2003 trade with the Texas Rangers, along with Ryan Snare and minor leaguer Will Smith, to acquire a relief pitcher, Ugueth Urbina, to aid their championship drive.[5] He played in 16 games for Texas in 2004 and in 43 games in 2005.

After the season, Gonzalez was traded to the San Diego Padres along with pitcher Chris Young and outfielder Terrmel Sledge. In return, the Rangers received Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka. Originally seen as an eventual replacement for Ryan Klesko at first base, Gonzalez was given the job when Klesko underwent shoulder surgery.

San Diego Padres (2006–2010)

Adrian Gonzalez with the PadresWith extended playing time at first base in 2006, Gonzalez continued to improve his hitting and defense. On July 23, 2006, he was named the NL Player of the Week.[6] In his first full season, he led the Padres in batting average (.304) and home runs (24). He was the first player in Petco Park history to have more than one multiple home run game. He was named the Padres' MVP for 2006.[7]

On March 31, 2007, Gonzalez agreed to a $9.5 million, four-year deal, with a club option for $5.5 million in 2011.[8] In the 2007 season, he led the Padres in home runs again, with 30, and had a team-high 100 RBIs. He led all Major League first basemen with 161 games and a career-high 46 doubles.[7]

In the 2008 season, Gonzalez finished with a .279 average and once again led the Padres with 36 HRs and 119 RBIs. He was elected to the 2008 MLB All-Star Game as a reserve. He went 1 for 3 with a single and a sacrifice fly, scoring Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros. He won his first Gold Glove Award in 2008 at first base. Gonzalez set career highs in games played (162), home runs (36), RBI (119), runs scored (103), walks (74) and slugging percentage (.510). He was named the Padres MVP for the second time.[7]

Gonzalez played winter ball in the Mexican Pacific League for the Venados de Mazatlán. In the 2009 Caribbean Series, he led his team past the Dominican Republic's Tigres del Licey with a record-setting 3 home runs on February 4.[9]

Adrian Gonzalez at the 2011 All Star GameGonzalez hit 23 homers and led Major League Baseball in that category at the end of May, 2009. This despite playing his home games at Petco Park, which Padres statisticians describe as an “extreme pitcher's park.”[10] On May 18, Gonzalez was described as being one of the two most underrated players in the National League according to a poll of Major League executives and managers conducted by MLB.com.[10] On April 1, Gonzalez was named the NL Co-Player of the Week for the second time in his career. During that week, Gonzalez hit four home runs, tallied 10 RBIs, and had a 1.000 slugging percentage.[11] Gonzalez was elected to the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game after voting by fellow players, managers and coaches.[12] He subsequently participated in that year's Home Run Derby where he hit two home runs in the first round. On August 1, Gonzalez finished 6-for-6 with three RBI as the Padres topped the Milwaukee Brewers 13–6. Gonzalez's six hits are the most by any Padre in a nine-inning game. Three others have accomplished the feat, but did it in extra-inning contests. Gonzalez hit five singles and a double.

He led the majors in walks in 2009, with 119,[13] while hitting 40 home runs for the first time in his career. He was named the Padres team MVP for 2009, his third time honored.[7]

Gonzalez started the 2010 season playing well. On May 24, he was named the NL Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.[14] On June 2, Gonzalez hit a walk-off grand slam in extra innings to lead his team toward a 5–1 victory over the New York Mets.[15] In July, Gonzalez was elected to participate in his third consecutive All-Star game.

During the 2010 season, Gonzalez had 176 hits in 591 at bats, good for a .298 batting average, his highest since hitting .304 in his rookie season (2006). He had 93 walks and 114 strikeouts. His 93 walks put him in third place in the NL behind only Prince Fielder (114) and Albert Pujols (103). He finished with 31 home runs and 101 RBI, the third time in his career he had 100 RBI or more. Gonzalez played in 160 games on the year, tying him with Rickie Weeks for 5th in the NL. He scored 87 runs on the season, compiling 302 total bases, which also tied him with Weeks, for 6th in the NL. Gonzalez was named team MVP for the third consecutive year and the fourth time overall with the Padres.[16]

Gonzalez would have been in the last year of his contract in 2011, but the Padres were not going to meet Gonzalez’s open market value especially with Jeff Moorad’s purchase of the Padres from John Moores not completing until around 2013.[17][18]

Boston Red Sox (2010–present)

In December 6, 2010, Gonzalez was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a package of right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes, and a player to be named later, later determined to be Eric Patterson.[19][20]

On April 15, 2011, Gonzalez and the Red Sox agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $154 million through the 2018 season.[21]

On June 19, 2011, Gonzalez hit his 1,000 career hit: a triple off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.[22]

On July 3rd, Adrian Gonzalez was selected to represent the Red Sox at the 2011 All Star game in Arizona along with fellow teammates Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Jon Lester. Gonzalez hit a home run in the game and was responsible for the only run for the American League. Additionally, Ortiz selected Gonzalez as one of three sluggers to join him in the Home Run Derby, where he finished second to Robinson Cano. Gonzalez tied a record for most home runs in the final round of the home run derby at 11, which was then surpassed by the victor Cano.

Gonzalez was named AL Player of the Month for June 2011 with a .401 average (40 for 99) – the best in the Majors for that month.[23]

Personal life

The son of Mexican parents, Gonzalez spent his youth in Tijuana, Mexico & Bonita, California. His brother is former Padres teammate Edgar Gonzalez. Their father was a member of the Mexican national baseball team.[24]

Gonzalez and his wife Betsy reside in San Diego.[25] The couple created The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation, which is focused on empowering underprivileged youth in areas of athletics, education and health.[26]

References

   1. Charles P. Pierce (31 July 2011). "Gonzo finds a home". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/07/31/adrian_gonzalez_proves_to_red_sox_he_was_worth_the_wait/. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
   2. Cafardo, Nick (December 5, 2010). "Is A-Gon gone?". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2010/12/a-gon_gone.html. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
   3. Edes, Gordon (February 10, 2011). "Gonzalez began with pocket of quarters". ESPNBoston.com. Archived from the original on February, 14, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5wVC1gus1.
   4. Blasco, J. In the Spotlight – Adrian Gonzalez. Accessed November 2, 2010.
   5. Ring-bearer: How an Adrian Gonzalez deal led to a championship WEEI
   6. 2006 Player of the Week winners MLB.com
   7. a b c d "Player Bio Information". MLB.com. http://redsox.mlb.com/components/team/player/bio_iframe.html?is_mug_shot=true&roster_cid=bos&cid=bos&player_id=408236. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
   8. "Gonzalez agrees to 4-year deal with Padres". Associated Press. ESPN.com. April 1, 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2821542. Retrieved February 6, 2009.
   9. Jesse Sanchez (February 5, 2009). "Gonzalez powers Mexico past DR". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090205&content_id=3800632&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  10. a b Brock, Corey (May 18, 2009). "Werth, Gonzalez NL's most underrated". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090517&content_id=4794842&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  11. "Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez named National League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America". MLB.com. June 1, 2009. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20090601&content_id=5086868&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  12. Brock, Corey (July 5, 2009). "Padres' Bell earns first All-Star Game trip". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090705&content_id=5705544&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  13. "MLB Player Batting Stats – 2009". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/year/2009/sort/walks. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  14. Gonzalez, Cruz named Players of Week MLB.com
  15. "Adrian Gonzalez's walk-off grand slam lifts Padres over Mets". USA Today. June 3, 2010. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2010-06-02-padres-mets_N.htm.
  16. Brock, Corey (January 26, 2011). "Bell, Adrian honored at Padres' awards dinner". MLB.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5wBtJxpQl.
  17. Center, Bill (December 15, 2010). "Gonzalez goes deep in praising Padres". The San Diego Tribune. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5wBoDYjkc.
  18. Center, Bill (December 6, 2010). "Gonzalez, Hoyer discuss Padres-Red Sox deal". The San Diego Tribune. Archived from the original on February 14, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5wVDRt4w7.
  19. Gonzalez 'ready to beat the Yanks' MLB.com
  20. Patterson to Friars completes Gonzalez deal MLB.com
  21. Browne, Ian (2010-04-15). "Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez agree on seven-year contract". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110415&content_id=17805948&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  22. "Adrian Gonzalez legs out 1,000th career hit". http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/red_sox/view/2011_0620gonzalez_legs_out_1000th_career_hit/.
  23. Drellich, Evan (5 July 2011). "Gonzalez named AL Player of the Month". MLB.com. http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110705&content_id=21438030&vkey=news_bos&c_id=bos. Retrieved 6 July 2011. "The leader in two of the three legs of the American League triple crown and a true force in the middle of the Red Sox lineup, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday was named the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for June."
  24. "A dream fulfilled for Gonzalez brothers". Corey Brock / MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080804&content_id=3251158&vkey=news_sd&fext=.jsp&c_id=sd&partnerId=rss_sd. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  25. Adrian Gonzalez: Biography and Career Highlights
  26. The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation

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