New Arrival: Luis Gonzalez, of, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Another 2006 Allen and Ginter. Very nice looking card. I feel like people are already starting to forget some of the great seasons that he had, mostly since they were overshadowed by the Griffey and McGwire homerun barrages of the late 90’s.

  • Gonzalez was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 4th round of the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of South Alabama.
  • He would only spend three seasons in the minors. By 1990 he was rocking AA pitching (495 at bats, 25 HR with a .832 OPS), and would end the season with 12 at bats in the big leagues–totally skipping AAA.
  • He would spend all of 1991 with Houston, hitting .254/.320/.433 with 13 HR.
  • He would split the 1992 season between AAA and Houston. His 44 at bats in the minors tells you all you need to know: .432/.490/.682. Awesome. He had nothing left to prove at that level.
  • By 1993 he was in the big leagues to stay, and put up solid numbers for Houston.
  • In 1995 he was traded to the Cubs. This would start a little run of him bouncing around to a couple organizations…first to the Cubs,then in late 1996 signed back to as a Houston…then in late 1997 signed with the Detroit.
  • At this point in his career, Gonzo was just a little better than league average. He had a career line of .268/.342/.425, averaging 10 HR a year. He was a solid, though not spectacular, outfielder. Nobody would see what was about to happen.
  • 1998 was a break out season of sorts, hitting .267/.340/.475 with a career high 23 HR. But, in the offseason, he was traded yet again. This time to Arizona for Karim Garcia. That was a bad trade.
  • In 1999, at the age of 31, Gonzo was one of the best players in the game. He would hit .336/.403/.549 with a career high 26 HR and league leading 206 hits. He would get his first All-Star selection, and finish 18th in MVP voting.
  • After another great season in 2000, his career would go to another level in 2001, when he would hit 57 HR. He would get his second All-Star selection as well, and his first Silver Slugger.
  • It was a sign of the times that a guy who hit 57 HR and owned a line of .325/.429/.688 would only place 3rd in MVP voting. That season Bonds would finish 1st (he would hit 73 HR–so, yea, I guess that makes sense), and Sosa would finish 2nd (64 HR).
  • Also, talking about 2001. 41 players in the game would hit at least 30 HR; 12 would hit at least 40, four would hit at least 50. Those are…insane power numbers.
  • Gonzo would never have another season like 2001, and would settle into a ~25HR type for the remainder of his effective career. He would have one more All-Star selection, in 2005.
  • With D-Backs, his career line was .298/.391/.529, averaging 28 HR a season.
  • After leaving Arizona, he would spend one season with the Dodgers, and another wit the Marlins before retiring. At that point he was a league average player at best, and would retire after the 2008 season.
  • He would retire the owner of a 51.5 WAR, putting him 175th all time. His 354 HR put him 88th all-time.
Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G AB H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1990 22 HOU NL 12 21 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .190 .261 .286 .547 53
1991 23 HOU NL 137 473 120 13 69 10 7 40 101 .254 .320 .433 .753 117
1992 24 HOU NL 122 387 94 10 55 7 7 24 52 .243 .289 .385 .674 94
1993 25 HOU NL 154 540 162 15 72 20 9 47 83 .300 .361 .457 .818 123
1994 26 HOU NL 112 392 107 8 67 15 13 49 57 .273 .353 .429 .782 108
1995 27 TOT NL 133 471 130 13 69 6 8 57 63 .276 .357 .454 .812 118
1995 27 HOU NL 56 209 54 6 35 1 3 18 30 .258 .322 .431 .753 104
1995 27 CHC NL 77 262 76 7 34 5 5 39 33 .290 .384 .473 .858 128
1996 28 CHC NL 146 483 131 15 79 9 6 61 49 .271 .354 .443 .797 108
1997 29 HOU NL 152 550 142 10 68 10 7 71 67 .258 .345 .376 .722 93
1998 30 DET AL 154 547 146 23 71 12 7 57 62 .267 .340 .475 .816 110
1999 31 ARI NL 153 614 206 26 111 9 5 66 63 .336 .403 .549 .952 137 AS,MVP-18
2000 32 ARI NL 162 618 192 31 114 2 4 78 85 .311 .392 .544 .935 130
2001 33 ARI NL 162 609 198 57 142 1 1 100 83 .325 .429 .688 1.117 174 AS,MVP-3,SS
2002 34 ARI NL 148 524 151 28 103 9 2 97 76 .288 .400 .496 .896 125 AS
2003 35 ARI NL 156 579 176 26 104 5 3 94 67 .304 .402 .532 .934 134 AS,MVP-25
2004 36 ARI NL 105 379 98 17 48 2 2 68 58 .259 .373 .493 .866 118
2005 37 ARI NL 155 579 157 24 79 4 1 78 90 .271 .366 .459 .825 113 AS
2006 38 ARI NL 153 586 159 15 73 0 1 69 58 .271 .352 .444 .795 99
2007 39 LAD NL 139 464 129 15 68 6 2 56 56 .278 .359 .433 .793 104
2008 40 FLA NL 136 341 89 8 47 1 2 41 43 .261 .336 .413 .749 95
19 Y 19 Y 19 Y 19 Y 2591 9157 2591 354 1439 128 87 1155 1218 .283 .367 .479 .845 119
162 162 162 162 162 573 162 22 90 8 5 72 76 .283 .367 .479 .845 119
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/25/2017.
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