Luis González

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Note: This page discusses 5-time All-Star outfielder Luis Gonzalez. For the major league infielder of the same name, click here. For the Cuban and Negro League pitcher of the Deadball Era, click here. For the Cuban utility man of the 2010s, click here

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Luis Emilio González

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Biographical Information[edit]

Luis Gonzalez averaged 12 homers per season his first nine years in the majors. Surprisingly, he hit 57 home runs in 2001. Prior to that year, he had never hit more than 31, and after that year, he never hit more than 28. In 1999, he was second in the National League in batting average.

While attending Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL, Gonzalez was a teammate of Tino Martinez. Gonzalez was inducted into the High School's Hall of Fame. Luis's brother is Rex Gonzalez. His son Jacob Gonzalez was a 2nd-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2017 amateur draft.

On July 5, 2000 against the Houston Astros, "Gonzo" became the first-ever member of the Arizona Diamondbacks to hit for the cycle. This was the 229th cycle in major league history.

In Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, with a 2-2 tie and 1 out, González blooped the game-winning hit, for which he is sometimes known as "Mr. November" among Diamondbacks fans.

Gonzalez was named a special ambassador for the 2011 All-Star Game, played in Phoenix, AZ and was also named manager of the world team in the 2011 Futures Game played as part of the All-Star festivities.

In his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame in 2014, he received only 5 votes (0.9%) and dropped off the ballot. On June 2, 2017, he made the news for a heroic gesture, as he helped pull a woman from a crashed burning car. He was a passenger in a nearby vehicle when he witnessed the head-on crash and rushed to the driver's aid, helping to pull her to safety.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1991 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 5-time NL All-Star (1999, 2001-2003 & 2005)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2001)
  • NL Hits Leader (1999)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 7 (1998-2003 & 2005)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2000 & 2001)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2001)
  • 50-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2001)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 5 (1999-2003)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1999-2001)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1999)
  • Won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001

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