Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility player for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). González was signed as an international free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 2005. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2012. He has played 11 seasons in MLB for the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. González has appeared at every position in MLB except for catcher.

Marwin González
González with the Orix Buffaloes in 2023
Orix Buffaloes – No. 8
Utility player
Born: (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 35)
Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 6, 2012, for the Houston Astros
NPB: March 31, 2023, for the Orix Buffaloes
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Batting average.252
Home runs107
Runs batted in415
NPB statistics
(through 2023 season)
Batting average.217
Home runs12
Runs batted in38
Career highlights and awards

Professional career edit

Minor leagues edit

González was signed as an international free agent by the Chicago Cubs on November 23, 2005.[1] From 2006 through 2011, he played in the Cubs' farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in 2011 with the Iowa Cubs. He was an infielder through 2008, then also started to play as an outfielder in 2009.[2]

The Boston Red Sox selected González from the Cubs in the 2011 Rule 5 draft, and then traded him to the Houston Astros for pitcher Marco Duarte.[3][4]

Houston Astros edit

González with the Houston Astros in 2014

In 2012, González made the Astros' Opening Day roster.[5] He played 80 games with the Astros and 13 games in Triple-A with the Oklahoma City RedHawks.[2] With Houston, he batted .234 with two home runs and 12 runs batted in (RBIs).[6] During 2013, González again split time between MLB (72 games) and Triple-A (44 games).[2] With the Astros on April 2, González broke up a perfect game bid by Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.[7] For the season with Houston, he batted .221 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.[6]

González spent all of the next five seasons in MLB, with Houston.[2] From 2014 through 2016, he batted a combined .268 with 31 home runs and 108 RBIs in 364 games.[6] He set a major league record by hitting his first 25 MLB home runs with no one on base.[8] That streak was broken when he hit a home run on May 6, 2016, with Evan Gattis on second base.[9]

In 2017, González had a slash line of .303/.377/.530, while seeing the lowest percentage of fastballs of all MLB hitters (45.7%).[10] He received six votes in AL MVP balloting, finishing 19th.[11] In Game 2 of the 2017 World Series, González hit a home run in the ninth inning off of Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to tie the score at 3–3, as the Astros went on to win in 11 innings, 7–6.[12] The World Series lasted seven games, and the Astros became MLB champions for the first time in franchise history.[13] In 2020, it was revealed during the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal that the Astros broke MLB rules during the 2017 season. Analysis of videos during the season found that González received more “bangs” than any other player on the team, and received bangs on the second highest percentage of pitches seen.[14] Note that, since bangs indicated an off-speed or breaking pitch, this is to some extent expected for a player who sees fewer fastballs. González subsequently apologized for his role in the scandal.[15]

In 2018, González slashed .247/.324/.409, and saw the highest percentage of curveballs (14.9%) of all MLB hitters.[16] He decided not to re-sign with the Astros and became a free agent after the season.[1]

Overall, in parts of seven seasons with Houston, González hit 76 home runs and 292 RBIs in 795 games, with a .264 batting average.[6] Defensively, he played as an infielder during 2012 and 2013, and as both an infielder and outfielder thereafter.[6] By the end of the 2016 season, he had appeared at every position for Houston except for pitcher and catcher.[6] He played a career-high 92 games at one position—first base—in 2016.[6]

Minnesota Twins edit

González with the Minnesota Twins in 2019

On February 25, 2019, González signed a two-year contract worth $21 million with the Minnesota Twins.[17] During the 2019 season, he batted .264 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs in 114 games.[6]

In the shortened 2020 season, he appeared in 53 games while batting .211/.286/.320 with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs in 175 at bats.[6] He became a free agent in late October 2020.[1]

Boston Red Sox edit

On February 24, 2021, González signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.[18] González became the first player in modern major league history to start at four different positions in the field through his team's first four games of the season—he played left field on 2021 Opening Day for Boston before manning second base, third base, and first base in the ensuing contests, respectively.[19] He made his first-ever pitching appearance in the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 13, in which he allowed no runs to score.[20] On July 16, he was placed on the injured list due to a right hamstring strain;[21] he was activated on August 2.[22] On August 13, González was designated for assignment by the Red Sox,[23] and he was released by the team three days later.[22] In 2021 with the Red Sox, he batted .202/.281/.285 in 242 at bats.[24]

Houston Astros (second stint) edit

On August 27, 2021, González signed a minor league contract with the Astros.[25] The Astros added him to their major league roster on September 5.[26] In 2021 with the Astros, he batted .176/.222/.441 in 34 regular-season at bats.[24] He also pinch hit four times, collecting one hit, during the World Series.[27] On November 3, 2021, he was declared a free agent.[28]

New York Yankees edit

On March 20, 2022, González signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.[29] He made the Yankees Opening Day roster for the 2022 season.[30]

In 2022 he batted .185/.255/.321 in 184 at bats, with six home runs and 8 RBIs.[31] He slumped especially in the second half of the season, batting .110/.185/.233, and against power pitchers, batting .094/.186/.170.[32]

Orix Buffaloes edit

On December 29, 2022, González signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball. [33] He played in 84 games for Orix in 2023, hitting .217/.266/.385 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI. In Game 5 of the Japan Series, González hit a home run off of Hanshin Tigers starter Kotaro Otake. In doing so, he became the fifth player in baseball history to homer in the World Series and Japan Series, joining Johnny Logan, Roy White, Hideki Matsui, and Andruw Jones.[34]

Personal life edit

González married his wife Noel in 2010. The couple have four children, Eliana, Brooks, Dallas and Isabella together and reside in Houston in the off season.[35][36]

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ a b c d "Marwin González Minor & Winer Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "Rule 5 Draft about to get started". December 8, 2011. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Red Sox Trade for Marco Duarte, Draft Gerardo Olivares, Lose Cesar Cabral in Rule 5 Draft". December 8, 2011.
  5. ^ McTaggart, Brian. "Astros option Shuck as roster takes shape". Archived from the original on October 24, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Marwin González Stats". Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "Rangers vs. Astros - 04/02/13". Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "Marwin Gonzalez has 25 straight solo home runs". Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mariners vs. Astros - 05/06/16". Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2017 » Batters » Pitch Type Statistics - FanGraphs Baseball".
  11. ^ "2017 Awards Voting". Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  12. ^ "Houston Astros 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 6". Retrosheet. October 25, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  13. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  14. ^ “Advanced Data on the Astros Cheating. How often. Main culprits. What effect.” January 29, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  15. ^ "Ex-Astro Marwin Gonzalez regrets team's sign-stealing actions in 2017". February 11, 2020. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  16. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Pitch Type Statistics - FanGraphs Baseball".
  17. ^ "Gonzalez finalizes $21M, 2-year deal with Twins". February 25, 2019.
  18. ^ Cotillo, Chris (February 24, 2021). "Boston Red Sox announce Marwin Gonzalez signing; Marcus Walden designated for assignment". Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  19. ^ "MR. VERSATILE: Marwin Gonzalez personifies the utilityman role". MSN.
  20. ^ "Blue Jays 18, Red Sox 4 (Final Score) on MLB Gameday".
  21. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". Boston Red Sox. July 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". Boston Red Sox. August 2021. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  23. ^ "Red Sox DFA Marwin Gonzalez, Activate Kyle Schwarber".
  24. ^ a b "Marwin Gonzalez Stats".
  25. ^ "Astros sign Marwin Gonzalez". August 27, 2021. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  26. ^ "Astros Roster & Staff – Transactions". Houston Astros. September 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  27. ^ "Marwin Gonzalez Postseason Batting Game Log". Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  28. ^ Laynance, Reid (November 3, 2021). "Carlos Correa among 7 Astros declared free agents". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  29. ^ Tim Dierkes (March 20, 2022). "Yankees To Sign Marwin Gonzalez To Minor League Deal". Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  30. ^ "Marwin makes OD roster; Schmidt top rookie".
  31. ^ "Marwin Gonzalez Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Rookie Status & More".
  32. ^ "Marwin Gonzalez 2022 Batting Splits".
  33. ^ Yahoo News! [dead link]
  34. ^ "[Orix] The 5th "Japan-U.S. series bullet" in Gonzalez's history also showed off "braised meat pose" on an empty cannon". Retrieved November 4, 2023.
  35. ^ "Oh baby! Marwin comes up big, meets his kid". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  36. ^ Kaplan, Jake (October 14, 2017). "Marwin Gonzalez, wife welcome third child after Astros' Game 1 win". Chron. Retrieved February 1, 2021.

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