Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez
Birthdate 10/20/1969
Death Date
Debut Year 1989
Year of Induction
Teams Indians, Rangers, Royals, Tigers
Positions Center Field, Designated Hitter, Right Field

George Bush was the managing general partner of the Rangers while Juan Gonzalez played and twice invited the slugger to the White House.

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Two-time MVP Juan Gonzalez hit 434 home run

Two-time MVP Juan Gonzalez hit 434 home run

Juan Gonzalez had a long and productive big league career. He debuted in 1989 and became a regular two years later. His first full season in 1991 Gonzalez slugged 27 homers and drove in 102 runs. For the next decade he was one of the most feared sluggers in the American League. From 1992-2001 Gonzal

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

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(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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