Álex González (infielder, born 1977)
González with the Milwaukee Brewers
February 15, 1977 |
Cagua, Aragua, Venezuela
|August 25, 1998, for the Florida Marlins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 17, 2014, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||690|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alexander "Álex" Luis González (born February 15, 1977) is a former professional baseball shortstop. González played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins (1998–2005), Boston Red Sox (2006, 2009), Cincinnati Reds (2007–2009), Toronto Blue Jays (2010), Atlanta Braves (2010–2011), Milwaukee Brewers (2012–2013) and Detroit Tigers (2014). He was given the nickname "Sea-bass" while playing in Florida. He bats and throws right-handed.
In 2001, he led all Major League shortstops with 26 errors.
González played an important role in the 2003 World Series against the Yankees. After going 1-for-13 in the World Series, he hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game Four to give the Marlins a 4–3 victory and a 2–2 tie in the Series. The extra innings happened because Florida's closer Ugueth Urbina blew a 3–1 lead in the ninth. Then in Game Five, González hit a two-out game-tying double and scored later in Game 5, another Marlins victory. González added an extra run in the sixth and final game, when he slid around catcher Jorge Posada, eluding him and brushing the plate with his left hand. Florida beat the odds with a 2–0 victory and won the World Series.
One of his most productive seasons came in 2004, when he posted career highs in at bats (561) and games played (159), tied a career high in home runs (23), yet also had a career high in strikeouts (126).
Boston Red Sox
Before the 2006 season, the Boston Red Sox signed González as a free agent to a one-year contract worth $3 million, plugging a hole in the starting lineup after the trade of shortstop Edgar Rentería to the Atlanta Braves. He reunited with former Marlins' teammates Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell who were traded from Florida to Boston earlier.
González committed 32 errors in the two seasons (16 each), compared to the 30 committed by Edgar Rentería in his only season with the Red Sox. González's signing with the Sox marked the second time he had replaced Rentería as the shortstop; Renteria had just left the Marlins for the St. Louis Cardinals before González joined the team in 1998.
When González was hurt in February, it looked like he'd be back in the middle of April. Gonzalez had surgery on the knee in July, however, and ultimately missed the entire 2008 season.
Boston Red Sox (second stint)
Toronto Blue Jays
On December 8, 2011, González was signed in free agency by the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2013 if he has at least 525 plate appearances in 2012. He will make $4.25 million in 2012, and would make $4 million in 2013. On May 5, 2012, Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a right knee injury earlier in the day in a game at the San Francisco Giants. He was then placed on the disabled list after revealing that he had a torn ACL, and remained there for the rest of the season. During the offseason Gonzalez played in the Venezuelan Winter League for the Leones del Caracas. González filed for free agency after the World Series, but ultimately re-signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $1.5 million deal. He was released on June 3, 2013.
On March 24, 2014, González was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi, Jr., who never played in Tigers uniform. In his Tigers debut Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals, Gonzalez hit an RBI-triple to tie the game in the seventh inning, and later hit a walkoff single in the ninth to give the Tigers a 4–3 victory. He was released on April 20, 2014.
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