51 Facts About Adrian Gonzalez


Adrian Gonzalez played for Mexico in the 2006,2009,2013, and the 2017 editions of the World Baseball Classic and the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Adrian Gonzalez was the first overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft by the Florida Marlins.

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Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Rangers, and made his MLB debut with them in 2004.

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Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Padres after the 2005 season, where he was an All-Star selection three times and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner.

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Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox after the 2010 season, and was traded to the Dodgers in August 2012.

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Adrian Gonzalez then played for the Mets, who released him during the 2018 season.

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Adrian Gonzalez was born in San Diego, California to David and Alba Gonzalez, both Mexican natives.

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Adrian Gonzalez is the youngest of three boys; his brothers are David Jr.

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In 2012, David and Alba Adrian Gonzalez were named George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year.

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In November 2012, Adrian Gonzalez was honored as one of 30 "exemplary citizens" by the mayor of Tijuana in an official ceremony.

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Adrian Gonzalez was projected to be a late first-round pick out of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California; however, his stock increased with his senior-year performance.

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In June 2000, Adrian Gonzalez became the first infield position player to be drafted first overall since Alex Rodriguez in 1993.

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Adrian Gonzalez was given a $3 million signing bonus by the Florida Marlins.

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Adrian Gonzalez played with the Rangers' Class-AA team, the Frisco RoughRiders, until he made his major-league debut against the Seattle Mariners on April 18,2004.

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Originally seen as an eventual replacement for Ryan Klesko at first base, Adrian Gonzalez was given the job when Klesko underwent shoulder surgery.

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Adrian Gonzalez was the first player in Petco Park history to have more than one multiple home run game.

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Adrian Gonzalez led all Major League first basemen with 161 games and a career-high 46 doubles.

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Adrian Gonzalez was elected to the 2008 MLB All-Star Game as a reserve.

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Adrian Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with a single and a sacrifice fly, scoring Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros.

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Adrian Gonzalez won his first Gold Glove Award in 2008 at first base.

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Adrian Gonzalez played winter ball in the Mexican Pacific League with the Venados de Mazatlan.

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Adrian Gonzalez was elected to the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game after voting by fellow players, managers and coaches.

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Adrian Gonzalez subsequently participated in that year's Home Run Derby where he hit two home runs in the first round.

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Adrian Gonzalez led the majors in walks in 2009 with 119 and set a Major League record with eight consecutive multi-walk games, a record which still stands as of 2020.

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Adrian Gonzalez was named the Padres team MVP for 2009, his third time honored.

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Adrian Gonzalez finished with 31 home runs and 101 RBI, the third time in his career he had 100 RBI or more.

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Adrian Gonzalez played in 160 games on the year, tying him with Rickie Weeks for 5th in the NL.

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Adrian Gonzalez scored 87 runs on the season, compiling 302 total bases, which tied him with Weeks, for 6th in the NL.

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Adrian Gonzalez was named team MVP for the third consecutive year and the fourth time overall with the Padres.

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On December 6,2010, Adrian 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.

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

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On July 3,2011, Adrian Gonzalez was selected to represent the Red Sox at the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona along with teammates Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Jon Lester.

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Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run in the game and was responsible for the only run for the American League.

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Adrian 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.

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Adrian Gonzalez appeared on the cover of baseball video game MLB 12: The Show.

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Adrian Gonzalez was a candidate for the final vote at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game but did not get selected to the game.

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Adrian Gonzalez finished the 2014 season with 116 RBI, the most in all of Major League Baseball.

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Adrian Gonzalez was the Dodgers' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, after hitting 27 home runs in 159 games.

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Adrian Gonzalez finished up the season by winning the Silver Slugger Award as the best hitting first baseman in the NL and won several awards for his defense at first base, including the Gold Glove Award, Fielding Bible Award and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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Adrian Gonzalez opened the 2015 season with five home runs in the first three games of the season, including three on April 8 against Andrew Cashner.

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Adrian Gonzalez was the first MLB player to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season.

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Adrian Gonzalez won the player of the week honors as a result of that performance.

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Adrian Gonzalez was selected to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the first Dodger first baseman selected since Nomar Garciaparra in 2006.

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Adrian Gonzalez played for the Mexico national baseball team in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers during spring training in March 2016.

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On June 22,2016 during a game against the Washington Nationals, Adrian Gonzalez made a highlight-reel catch after a ball in foul territory deflected off Chase Utley's glove and off Adrian Gonzalez's leg.

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On May 5,2017, Adrian Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to right elbow soreness.

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Adrian Gonzalez dealt with lingering back issues during the 2017 season, which caused him to spend half the season on the disabled list and as a result lost playing time to rookie Cody Bellinger at first.

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Adrian Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the trade, which he did because he wanted to test free agency.

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On March 30,2021, Adrian Gonzalez announced his return to baseball and officially signed with the Mariachis de Guadalajara of the Mexican League.

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Adrian Gonzalez officially announced his retirement from professional baseball on February 5,2022.

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Adrian Gonzalez is a Christian and engraved on his bats is "PS 27:1" for verse 1 from Psalm 27.

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