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Juan Alberto González Vázquez (born October 20, 1969 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico), nicknamed "Juan Gone" or "Igor", is a former Major League Baseball right fielder. González bats and throws right-handed. He was one of the premier run producers of the 1990s, averaging 117 runs batted in per season between 1991 and 1999. He won the AL MVP award in 1996 and 1998.

Personal lifeEdit

González has been married four times. He was married to Puerto Rican volleyball player Elaine López, sister of fellow major leaguer Javy López, during the early 1990s. This marriage broke down when a local newspaper released a cover photo of singer Olga Tañón kissing González during a concert in San Juan. A scandal followed, with González divorcing Elaine López and marrying Tañón, who said she had no idea González was married to Lopez when she kissed him. González and Tañon had a daughter together, Gabriela González Tañón, in 1998. González and Tañon divorced less than two years later. His daughter later became one of only fifty people in the world (and the first Puerto Rican) ever to have been diagnosed with Sebastian syndrome, a mild blood clotting disorder.

González has a friendship with George W. Bush which began when González debuted with the Texas Rangers who at the time were owned by Bush.[1] Igor stated that "a friendship that goes beyond baseball was created between them" and during his time in office Bush invited González to the White House twice.[2] The first of reunions took place on April 16, 2001 and the second on December 3, 2007; in this reunion he was accompanied by historian Luis Rodriguez Mayoral.[3] The discussion lasted thirty-five minutes and involved Gonzalez's future in the Major Leagues and other baseball related topics, as well as the happenings of their respective careers.[2] During this visit to Washington D.C. Gonzalez was also involved in a meeting with Rudy Giuliani and a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in order to visit Puerto Rican soldiers that were injured in the Iraq War.[4]

After being divorced 3 times, Gonzalez seems to have gotten his personal life in order now. "I'd rather have health and my family, my relationship with God than money," he said. "How many people who can buy whatever they want have committed suicide? God is first, then your kids, your family, good health."[5]


González was signed by the Texas Rangers as an amateur free agent in Puerto Rico on May 30, 1986, at the age of 16 (after signing Sammy Sosa and before signing Iván Rodríguez two years later). He earned the nickname "Igor" due to his strength and his liking of a character of Puerto Rican comedian Sunshine Logroño.

In the Puerto Rico youth league, Gonzalez batted cleanup behind future Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams, where both competed against Gonzalez' future teammate Iván Rodríguez. [6]

Career in the major leaguesEdit

1986-1990: minor leaguesEdit

González debuted with the 1986 GCL Rangers and finished with .240 batting average, .303 on-base percentage, and a .266 slugging percentage in 60 games. He only had five extra-base hits (none of them home runs) in 233 AB and struck out 57 times. He tied Harvey Pulliam by grounding into a Gulf Coast League-leading 9 double plays.

In 1987, González showed some improvement with the Gastonia Rangers, though Mark Whiten and Junior Felix were deemed better outfield prospects in the South Atlantic League. In ratings by Baseball America, Gonzalez tied Ryan Bowen for 10th place on the prospect listing. He finished with .265 AVG, .306 OBP, and .401 slugging percentage with 14 home runs and 74 RBI.

Gonzalez spent 1988 with the Charlotte Rangers and batted .256/~.327/.415 with 8 home runs in 277 AB. One of his outfield teammates that year was Sammy Sosa. The next year, he showed more improvement with the Tulsa Drillers hitting .293/~.322/.506 with 21 home runs and led the Texas League with 254 total bases. He outhomered Sosa by 14 and was third in the League in home runs, behind teammate Dean Palmer (25) and Chris Cron (22). Gonzalez was rated the league's #4 prospect by Baseball America, behind Ray Lankford, Andy Benes and Jose Offerman. Lankford and Warren Newson joined him in the TL All-Star outfield. He was called up by the Texas Rangers on September of that year, but only hit .150/.227/.250.

In 1990, González - playing with the Oklahoma City 89ers - led the American Association in home runs (29), RBI (101) and total bases (252). He made the AA All-Star outfield alongside Lankford and Bernard Gilkey and was named the league MVP. Baseball America named him the top prospect in the league in a poll of managers. He finished with .258/~.343/.508 for the 89ers. In the AAA All-Star Game, González hit 4th for the AL prospects and played as a designated hitter. He went 2 for 5 with a double, one of the game's two homers, two runs and two RBI in the AL's 8-5 loss. González was again called up by the Rangers and did far better this time, batting .289/.316/.522.

1991-1999: Glory days in TexasEdit

In 1991, González became a regular starter for the Rangers at age 21, hitting .264 with 27 HR and 102 RBI, almost duplicating his prior year in Oklahoma City. González came up as a center fielder, as did teammate Sammy Sosa; but the Rangers opted to keep González and trade Sosa. Gonzalez eventually settled into right field, where he had a decent arm and adequate speed, but never looked entirely comfortableTemplate:Weasel-inline fielding fly balls and extra-base hits.

In 1992, he was the American League home run champion with 43, one more than Mark McGwire. He also finished with a .260 batting average and a .529 slugging percentage winning the first of six Silver Slugger awards. The next year, he finished first again in home runs with 46, edging Ken Griffey, Jr. by one. He also improved his batting average and slugging percentage to .310 and .632 respectively.

That year, he was selected for the first time to the All-Star team. During the 1993 All-Star Weekend, he won the Home Run Derby preceding the All-Star Game with 7. He also finished fourth in voting for the 1993 AL MVP. He led the 1993 AL in slugging percentage winning his second Silver Slugger award.

In 1994, the Rangers moved from Arlington Stadium to The Ballpark at Arlington. González batted only 19 and 27 home runs in 1994 and 1995, mostly playing at designated hitter due to a variety of injuries.

By the next year, González ended up averaging more than one RBI per game for a three-year span (1996–98). He won two MVP awards in this stretch (1996 and 1998). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract listed him as the player who had the highest ratio of slugging percentage to on-base percentage in baseball history at that time, ahead of Dave Kingman and Tony Armas and 4th in RBI per game by an outfielder (behind Sam Thompson, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth). James also ranked González as the 52nd-best right fielder in baseball history as of mid-2000.

In 1996, González had one of his best seasons hitting .314 with a .643 slugging percentage. He edged Alex Rodríguez by one first-place vote (11-10) and 3 award points (290-287) in a very close vote to win the American League MVP.[7] He won his third Silver Slugger as an outfielder and was second in the AL in slugging (87 points behind McGwire). Was selected to the Associated Press Major League All-Star Team and The Sporting News A.L. All-Star squad at season's end. González was also named the Puerto Rico Pro Athlete of the Year by Associated Press and the DFW Metroplex Pro Athlete of the Year by the Dallas All Sports Association. He received the honorable selection of American League Player of the Month in July, leading the majors in batting (.407), homers (15), rbi (38), slugging (.917) and total bases (99). González was also the A.L. Player of the Week for July 29-Aug. 4. González had a pair of 21-game hitting streaks, June 25-July 19 and August 8–31, matching the 3rd longest hitting streaks in team history with Mickey Rivers (1980) being the only other Ranger with 2 20-game hitting streaks in the same season. On July 30, González went 5-5 vs. New York, a career best and tied the club record for hits in a game. González was also chosen as a member of the Major League Baseball All-Star Team that traveled to Japan for 8-game exhibition series in November, batting .500 (10-20) with one homer and 3 rbi in 7 games.[8] That year, the Texas Rangers made the playoffs, and in the 1996 American League Division Series, González homered five times in four games and batted .438/.526/1.375 with 9 RBI. Texas ended up losing in four games to the New York Yankees. González tied Jeffrey Leonard's 1987 NLCS record by homering in four straight post-season games and joined Reggie Jackson and Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only players to hit five home runs in a single post-season series.[6] Including the playoffs, Gonzalez amassed some rather ridiculous numbers for the season:


Batting Average .315
Games 138
At Bats 557
Total Bases 370
Home Runs 52
Runs Batted In 153
Hits 177
Runs Scored 94
Slugging Percentage .664
AB/HR 10.712
* indicates entire season including playoffs

In 1997, González batted .296/.335/.589 as a DH-RF for the Rangers, winning his fourth Silver Slugger. In 133 games he was 4th in slugging, 6th in total bases (314), third in homers (42) and RBI (131), 10th in extra-base hits (69) and tied for 6th with 10 sacrifice flies. González missed the first month of the season and was not activated from the DL until May 2 due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. Despite the injury he still managed to earn American League Player of the Month honors in September (.337, 10 hr, 26 rbi) and was the Rangers Player of the Month in both August and September. González was selected to Baseball America's American League All-Star Team.

In 1998, he reached the 100 RBI mark before the All-Star break (101), being the first player (and still most recent) to do so since Hank Greenberg 63 years earlier.[6] He hit cleanup for the AL in the 1998 All-Star Game and decisively won the AL MVP award. González was 10th in the 1998 AL in batting average, second in slugging, fourth in OPS, 6th in hits (193), 4th in total bases (382), first in doubles (50), tied for fourth in home runs (45), first in RBI (157) in 154 games, tied for 8th in OPS+ (149), second in extra-base hits (97), tied for third in sac flies (11), tied for sixth in intentional walks (9) and tied for third in double plays ground into (20). In April, he drove in 35 runs, a major league record for the month that still stands today. González produced the 5th season ever of at least 50 doubles and 40 home runs. González started 115 games in right and 36 as the dh.

Became the 1st 5-time winner of the Rangers Player of the Year Award and was also named as the A.L.'s Most Valuable Player by USA Today and USA Today Baseball Weekly. González was selected to major league all-star teams selected by the Associated Press (of) and Baseball America (dh) and to The Sporting News A.L. all-star squad (of). He was named as an outfielder on the A.L. Silver Slugger Award team for the 5th time in his career, his 3rd consecutive year. González shared Rangers Player of the Month honors with Ivan Rodriguez in April and won the award outright in May. González also received the American League Player of the Week, for Aug. 31-Sept. 6. He received 21 of 28 1st place mvp votes and 7 2nd place votes for 357 total points to defeat Boston's Nomar Garciaparra, who had 5 1st place votes and 232 points. Juan also became the 1st native of Latin America to ever win multiple mvps since the award was instituted in 1931. This award also made him the 16th player to capture 2 mvps in a 3-year span. The Rangers reached the playoffs, only to be swept by the Yankees. González batted only 1 for 12 in the Division Series.

In 1999, he was 9th in the AL in average, 4th in slugging, 6th in OPS, 10th in runs (114), 6th in total bases (338), 6th in home runs (39), 5th in RBI (128), 7th in extra-base hits (76) and 2nd in sacrifice flies (12). However, he ended up struggling again in the Division Series, hitting only .182/.250/.455 with one homer as Texas was swept by New York for the second straight season. The only run the Rangers scored in the series was the homer by González.

González's four-year peak aligned with the first (and to date, only) three post-season appearances in the Rangers' history.


1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Batting Average .264 .260 .310 .275 .295 .314 .296 .318 .326
Home Runs 27 43 46 19 27 47 42 45 39
Runs Batted In 102 109 118 85 82 144 131 157 128
Hits 144 152 166 116 104 170 158 193 183
Runs Scored 78 77 105 57 57 89 87 110 114
On Base Percentage .321 .304 .368 .330 .324 .368 .335 .366 .378
Slugging Percentage .479 .529 .632 .472 .594 .643 .589 .630 .601
* Bold number indicates he led the league in that category.

2000-2001: Detroit and ClevelandEdit

Following the 1999 season, with one year left on his contract, the slugger was traded by the Texas Rangers along with Danny Patterson and Gregg Zaun in a blockbuster nine-player deal with the Detroit Tigers for Frank Catalanotto, Francisco Cordero, Bill Haselman, Gabe Kapler, Justin Thompson, and Alan Webbas. He became the first two-time MVP to be traded since Dale Murphy was sent from Atlanta to Philadelphia in 1990.

Gambling that they would be able to extend his contract past the 2000 season, the Tigers reportedly offered Gonzalez an eight-year, $140 million contract soon after the deal was struck. Gonzalez refused, which turned out to be the bigger gamble. He began the season badly, hobbled by foot pain and unable to adjust to the spacious dimensions of Detroit's new Comerica Park, where the left-center field fence stood nearly 400 feet from home plate. By mid-season he had announced that the Tigers would have to bring the fences in if they wanted to re-sign him as a free agent.

Detroit shopped Gonzalez before the trading deadline, but a deal that would have sent him to the Yankees for outfielder Ricky Ledee and two minor leaguers was scuttled when the outfielder made it clear that he didn't want to play in New York. The Puerto Rico native stumbled through the rest of the season and saw his production dip to an all time low (22 HR, 67 RBI in 115 games). After missing the last weeks of the 2000 season, he was granted free agency on November 1.

On January 9, 2001, he signed a one-year $10 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez opened the season with a great start, batting .388 (40-103) with 9 homers and 32 RBIs in season's first 25 games through May 2. Gonzalez completed the first half on a torrid pace. He was voted in as an All-Star starter and batted 5th in the 2001 All-Star Game. Gonzalez hit .347 with 23 HR 83 RBI in 79 games (.640 SLG% / 1.031 OPS%) in the first half.

He appeared to be on his way to easily capturing the RBI title, but an RBI drought at the end of the season (0 RBI in last 10 games) allowed Brett Boone to pass him by one. Gonzalez hit over .300 in each of season's 1st 5 months before dropping to .299 for the month of September. His top months were .387 (36-93) in April and .356 (26-73) in July. Gonzalez was hitting as high as .360 on June 5, then went 17-64 (.266) in next 17 contests, dropping to .338 through June 26. Had a .351 (73-208) mark in next 56 games and was at .344 overall, 2nd in the A.L., through Sept. 9. After this he hit just .130 (6-46) in final 13 games, going 3-34 (.088) in last 10 contests. Gonzalez was hitless in his final 15 trips after his single on Sept. 24. Despite his cold streak over the last week and a half of the season, he still finished with a .325 BA /.370 OBP/.590 SLG% and an 147 OPS+ close to his MVP seasons. He also won his sixth Silver Slugger and finished fifth in MVP voting. His .325 average was one point shy of his career high (1999) and marked his 5th .300 season, 3rd in the last 4 years.

He was sixth in the 2001 AL in batting average, 5th in slugging, 6th in OPS, 9th in home runs (35), second in RBI (140, (in 140 games) one behind leader Bret Boone),8th in OPS+, tied for third in double plays grounded into (18) and led the league with 16 sacrifice flies. Gonzalez was also a 2nd team selection on Baseball America's Major League all-star squad and was named as the Indians player of the year by Baseball America. This proved to be the last season in which Gonzalez averaged an RBI a game. Although Gonzalez finished the regular season rather slowly, he showed up in a big way in the playoffs where he had a .348 BA/.348 OBP /.739 SLG for Cleveland in the Division Series with 3 doubles, 2 homers and 5 RBI in 5 games. Despite this Cleveland still fell in defeat.

Gonzalez had a season best 15-game hitting streak from Aug. 29-Sept. 19 at .345 (20-58) and hit safely in 10 straight games from April 17–27. Gonzalez also had a 4 hit game April 11 at the Chicago White Sox. Gonzalez batted .368 (43-117) vs. left-handers, 3rd best in the A.L. and had a .335 (53-158) mark with runners in scoring position, the 8th highest. As the DH, he hit .392 (31-79), this was the highest average in A.L. among players with 35 or more DH at bats, with 8 homers and 33 rbi in 21 games.


2000 2001
Team Detroit Cleveland
Games 115 140
Batting Average .289 .325
Home Runs 22 35
Runs Batted In 67 140
Hits 133 173
Runs Scored 69 97
On Base Percentage .337 .370
Slugging Percentage .505 .590

Through 11 full major league seasons, González had 392 homers and 1263 RBI, an average of 36 homers and 115 RBI per year. He had driven in 1161 runs over the last 10 seasons, the most of any major league player in that time frame.

2002-2003: Return to TexasEdit

On January 8, 2002, González made his return to Arlington by signing a two-year $24 million contract with the Texas Rangers. He hit .282/.324/.451 (94 OPS+) the first year in 70 games. On June 18, he participated in the first MLB game ever with four players with 400+ home runs to that point. Rafael Palmeiro and Fred McGriff joined Sosa and Gonzalez, which Texas lost to the Chicago Cubs 4-3. His first season back in Arlington he had a .358 (29-81) average versus Lefties and hit .328 (21-64) with runners in scoring position whil posting a .307 mark(42-137) in Arlington. He hit just .171 (6-35) with 2 homers and 4 RBI as the DH. He had Texas' only hit, a leadoff double in the 8th, off Cory Lidle on July 19 at Oakland.

In 2003, Gonzalez started the first few weeks rather slowly. He had a .230 average with 4 homers and 8 RBI in his 1st 18 games through April 20. He quickly picked it up though and went on a .349 (29-83) tear with 9 homers and 24 RBI in his next 21 games, improving to .293 by May 5. As of May 7, Gonzalez was tied for the Major League Lead in HR with 12. He followed that up by going just 8-for-39 (.205) in his next 9 games, falling to .276 through May 25. He started a hot streak yet again though by hitting .321 (42-131) with 10 homers and 36 RBI in the next 34 games. But his season was cut short by a calf injury on July 19. At the time, Gonzalez was hitting .294 and ranked 3rd in HR (24) 4th in SLG% (.572) and 7th in RBI (70) in the AL. Gonzalez was on pace to recapture his 2001 Indians form, but the calf injury lingered and the injury proved to be the end of his season.

Gonzalez hit 2 homers in a game 4 times: April 5 vs. Seattle; April 29 and May 1 at Toronto and July 10 against Minnesota. Juan's 47 career multi-homer games are 12th most all-time. He also hammered 5 homers in 3 games, April 29-May 1 at Toronto, the 4th time in Rangers history that feat had been accomplished. He had a season best 5 RBI on April 29 at Toronto and drove in 4 runs in a game on 3 occasions. Gonzalez had 18 RBI in a 9-game span, April 22-May 1, including 10 in 3-game series at Toronto, April 29-May 1. He was selected as A.L. co-player of the week for April 28-May 4. He also had a season high 9-game hitting streak, June 3–17.

He started 57 games in right field and 24 games as the designated hitter. He did not make an error in 108 total chances in the outfield and was tied for 6th in the league in outfield assists (10), despite his short season. He ranked 5th on the club in home runs (24), and completed his 11th season with 20 or more home runs. The Rangers were however preparing for a youth movement and on October 26, 2003, he was granted free agency.


2003 2003*
Games 82 138
Batting Average .294 .294
Home Runs 24 40
Runs Batted In 70 118
Hits 96 162
Runs Scored 49 83
On Base Percentage .329 .329
Slugging Percentage .572 .572
* indicates projected stats over entire season.

2004 to 2008: Comeback attemptsEdit

On January 6, 2004, González was signed by the Kansas City Royals. However, his back worsened during in the middle of May and his season came to an end. He ended up hitting .276/.326/.441 in 33 games. His $4.5 million deal was one of the largest on the club so in October 28 of the same year, they let him go.

He was signed by the Cleveland Indians for the 2005 season, and was activated in May. Despite a thorough workout regimen, Gonzalez suffered a major hamstring injury (he yanked his right medial hamstring totally off the bone at the knee joint) in his first plate appearance of the season while running out a grounder. This put him out for the season after just one at-bat.

González signed on with the independent Atlantic League in 2006, playing for the Long Island Ducks. He hit .323/.377/.515 in 36 games, with 6 HR and 23 RBI. His time was again limited by injuries.

The St. Louis Cardinals invited Gonzalez to spring training prior to the 2008 season.[9] He was one of 26 non-roster invitees, participating in full roster workouts that began on February 19, 2008.[10] He hit .308 with a .462 SLG% in spring training with 1 home run, 1 double and 5 RBI in 9 games. However, he was put on the inactive list with an abdominal strain and he returned to Puerto Rico with an invitation to rejoin the Cardinals once he was healthy. Gonzalez decided to stay in Puerto Rico, and did not rejoin the Cardinals.[11]

Career in Puerto RicoEdit

In the 1989-1990 Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League, González hit .269/~.345/.500 for the Criollos de Caguas and hit 9 home runs, one less than former league leader Greg Vaughn.

During the 1992-1993 season, he batted .333 for the Santurce Crabbers and won the league MVP award despite not playing until after the All-Star break. He hit 7 home runs and led the league despite playing in only 66 games. González did not accompany Santurce to the 1993 Caribbean Series. The next season, he ended up hitting .268 with 7 homers, 3 behind Phil Hiatt.

In 1995, González joined the San Juan Senators for the 1995 Caribbean Series and hit .375 with 6 RBI as the Puerto Rican "Dream Team" won the title. González hit 5th, between Carlos Delgado and Rubén Sierra on a team that also boasted Roberto Alomar, Bernie Williams, Carlos Baerga and Edgar Martínez. San Juan outscored their opponents 49-15.

During the 2006-2007 Puerto Rican League, in 33 games playing for the champion Carolina Giants, González hit .281 with 18 RBIs and 4 homers. In 12 playoff games, he batted .369 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs. González claims he is healthy and no longer feels pain in his legs. He was 10 for 26 (.385) in the 2007 Caribbean Series and made the All-Star team at DH.

Drug allegationsEdit

González was one of several baseball players who Jose Canseco claims to have given steroid injections, according to Canseco's book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.[12] González was also one of many players who were named in the Mitchell Report, in regards to a 2001 incident in which a piece of team luggage belonging either to González or his personal trainer was found to contain then legal (but now illegal) drugs. It is still disputed whether or not the bag actually contained steroids. A story ran in the New York Daily News that claimed the bag contained steroids. But, the team and MLB looked into the matter and nothing was ever proven. According to Gonzalez's then trainer, Angel Presinal, the bag contained Soladek, (a painkiller) Dolo-neurobion, (a vitamin B complex used in fighting the flu,) and Clenbuterol, (a stimulant similar to ephedrine, which is believed within the bodybuilding community to promote muscle tone and weight loss.) These three substances are currently available for purchase without a prescription at a Santo Domingo pharmacy. Gonzalez said the bag was Presinal's, while Presinal said the bag was Gonzalez's but refuted that the bag contained steroids.[13] Gonzalez has refuted the idea of ever taking steroids, and is in fact a vegetarian.[5]


  • 3-time All-Star (1993, 1998, 2001)
  • American League MVP (1996, 1998)
  • 3-time Top 10 MVP (9th, 1997; 4th, 1993; 5th, 2001)
  • His 434 career home runs ranks 31st on the all-time list
  • 6 Silver Slugger awards (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
  • 2-time American League Home Run Champion (1992, 1993)
  • 5 40+ HR Seasons (1992, 43; 1993, 46; 1996, 47; 1997, 42; 1998, 45)
  • Finished Top 5 in RBI 5 times. (1993, 4th, 118; 1996, 2nd, 144; 1997, 3rd, 131; 1998, 1st, 157; 1999, 5th, 128; 2001, 2nd, 140)
  • Finished Top 5 in slugging percentage 5 times. (1992, 5th, .561%; 1993, 1st, .632%; 1996, 2nd, .643%; 1997, 4th, .589%; 1998, 2nd, .630%; 1999, 4th, .601%; 2001, 5th, .590)
  • Became just the 2nd player in major league history to have at least 100 RBI before the All-Star Break. (101 in 1998, second to Hank Greenberg who had 103)
  • Ranks 5th for all-time HR/plate appearance with 16.49
  • Ranks 7th for all-time RBI/game with .831.
  • Ranks 15th for all-time AB per HR with 15.1 AB/HR.
  • Ranks 21st for all-time slugging percentage with .561%
  • Tied for 1st in postseason history in home runs in a single Division Series with Ken Griffey, Jr. (Gonzalez - 5 HR in 4 games 1996, Griffey - 5 HR in 5 games in 1995)
  • Ranks 2nd in postseason history in slugging percentage in a single Division Series (1.375% in 1996)
  • Ranks 2nd in postseason history in OPS in a single Division Series (1.901 in 1996)
  • Tied for 2nd with 10 other players in extra base hits in a single Division Series (5 in 1996 & 2001)
  • Ranks 3rd in postseason history in total bases in a single Division Series (22 in 1996)
  • Ranks 7th in postseason history in RBI in a single Division Series (9 in 1996)
  • Tied for 2nd in postseason history in career HR in the Division Series (8 HR)
  • Ranks 4th in postseason history in career slugging percentage in the Division Series (.742)
  • Ranks 7th in postseason history in career extra base hits in Division Series (12)
  • Ranks 8th in postseason history in career OPS in the Division Series (1.075)

See alsoEdit


  1. Omar Marrero (2007-12-05). 'Amistad más allá del béisbol' (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Dia. “La amistad de Bush con González y Rodríguez Mayoral se remonta a finales de la década de 1980 cuando Bush era uno de los dueños de los Rangers de Texas, equipo en el que debutó y se hizo estrella el jugador boricua.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Omar Marrero (2007-12-05). 'Amistad más allá del béisbol' (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Dia. “La reunión a puertas cerradas entre Bush, González y el historiador Luis Rodríguez Mayoral, se extendió durante unos 35 minutos por invitación del presidente. “Fue una experiencia que muy pocos pueden tener. La amistad que hemos creado va más allá del béisbol”, manifestó González a The Associated Press, en una entrevista telefónica desde Washington, Distrito de Columbia. “Hablamos mucho de béisbol, de mi futuro en las Grandes Ligas y de Puerto Rico”, reveló el pelotero.”
  3. Omar Marrero (2007-12-05). 'Amistad más allá del béisbol' (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Dia. “De acuerdo con Rodríguez Mayoral, es la segunda vez que él y González se reúnen con Bush en la Casa Blanca. La primera ocasión, recordó, fue el día 16 de abril del 2001.”
  4. Omar Marrero (2007-12-05). 'Amistad más allá del béisbol' (in Spanish). Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Dia. “El itinerario del toletero puertorriqueño en la capital estadounidense incluye una reunión el martes con el precandidato republicano a la presidencia, Rudolph Giuliani, y una visita el jueves al hospital militar Walter Reed, donde compartirá con soldados puertorriqueños que han sido heridos en combate.”
  5. 5.0 5.1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Ballplayers - Juan Gonzalez. Retrieved on 2008-09-17.
  7. Baseball Awards Voting for 1996. Baseball-Reference. Retrieved on 2008-09-17.
  9. The Associated Press (2008-02-04). Juan Not Gone: Former star Juan Gonzalez to attempt comeback with Cardinals. Slam! Sports. Retrieved on 2008-02-04.
  10. The Associated Press. Gonzalez attempting comeback: Former AL MVP invited to Cardiansl camp. Sports Illustrated date=2008-02-04. Retrieved on 2008-02-05.
  12. J. Gonzalez denies allegations regarding performance-enhancing drugs. KFFL (2008-02-19). Retrieved on 2009-01-12.

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