Cooperstown Chronicles – Luis Gonzalez

Mar 28, 2008

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Luis Gonzalez was suggested by mrbaseball_cpr, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

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The Numbers
2455 Games  (59th All-time)
8816 At Bats (72nd All-time) 
.284 Batting Average
1382 Runs (86th All-time)
2502 Hits (85th All-time)
570 Doubles (20th All-time)
67 Triples
356 Home Runs (79th All-time)
1392 RBI (67th All-time)
4244 Total Bases (55th All-time)
1114 Walks (67th All-time)

Playoffs:  24 games, 22 Hits in 87 At Bats (.253), 12 runs, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 12 RBI

Awards
2005 ML Branch Rickey Award
5 All-Star Appearances
2 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 3 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice
On-base % – Twice
Slugging % - Once
OPS – Once
Runs – Twice
Hits – Three times (Led league in 2001)
Doubles – Five times
Triples – Three times
Home Runs – Once
RBI – Once
Walks – Twice
Hit by Pitch – Four times
Intentional Walks – Four times
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Three times (Led league in 2000 & 2001)
At Bats – Three times

Usually I wait until a player is HOF eligible, let alone retired.  However, I don’t think anything Gonzo will do will change my mind.  Gonzo’s career timeline and the steroid timeline just don’t add up for me.  Sorry if you’re getting lumped in mistakenly, but I’m just not buying your 2001 breakout year.  He’s had some nice years, but without that signature season, his numbers are good, not great.  As much as I’d like to give him credit for helping bring down the Yankees, which was one of my favorite non-Red Sox World Series moments, I can’t justify putting Gonzo into the Hall of Fame.  Maybe if there was no suspicion I could overlook him missing out on the milestones because of the overall numbers and the stretch from 1999-2003.  However, things need to be sorted out for me.  For startes Sammy Sosa is going to have to be addressed.  If he gets voted in, then I’d say Gonzo’s chances improve greatly.  Same with Roger Clemens and Palmeiro.  As long as those guys are out, Gonzo will be too.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    March 28th, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    I’m with you – that 2001 World Series was one of my favorite NON-Red Sox achievements…that and the 1995 Wild Card playoffs between the Mariners and the Yankees.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 28th, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Mo – Great memories.

  3. Larry Novak
    March 28th, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    If he had a .400 career avg with 5000 hits and 1000 HRs, I would not vote for him because of what he did to my Yankees in 2001.
    No really. Another very good player but with 2001 as his great breakout season and with all the steroid suspicions I cannot see him getting in.
    Oh Mo..
    Thanks for reminding me about 1995, And I know you guys will show me alot of love by bringing up 2004. See as for me. I would never, ever bring up the names Bucky F. Dent, Mookie Wilson slow roller to Bill Buckner and Aaron F Boone.
    You are welcome for me not bringing up those names,

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 28th, 2008 at 7:34 pm #

    Larry – touché

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    May 13th, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

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    May 20th, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

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    May 20th, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

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  8. erik
    August 6th, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Luis was a juicer and im not afraid to say it. that whole arizona team was full of juciers. they had jay bell, a horrible SS hitting 38 HRs when he never had power. matt williams was on that team. luis jacking 57. juicers

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