Marwin González

Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility player who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. González has appeared at every position except for pitcher and catcher for the Astros. He won the 2017 World Series with the team.

Marwin González
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González with the Houston Astros in 2016
Free agent
Utility player
Born: (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 31)
Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2012, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.261
Home runs96
Runs batted in369
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Houston AstrosEdit

González was signed as an international free agent by the Chicago Cubs on November 23, 2005. The Boston Red Sox selected González from the Cubs in the 2011 Rule 5 draft, and then traded him to the Astros for Marco Duarte.[1]

González made the Astros' Opening Day roster in 2012.[2] On April 2, 2013, González broke up a perfect game bid by the Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.[3] González set a Major League record by hitting his first 25 career home runs with no one on base.[4] That streak was broken when he hit a home run on May 6, 2016 with Evan Gattis on second base.[5]

In 2017 he batted .303/.377/.530, while seeing the lowest percentage of fastballs of all MLB hitters (45.7%).[6] In Game 2 of the 2017 World Series, González hit a home run in the ninth off Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to tie the score at 3–3 and the Astros went on to win in 11 innings, 7–6. The Dodgers had previously been 98–0 on the season when leading entering the ninth inning.[7] The World Series would go on for 7 games, and the Astros won it for the first time in franchise history.[8] Three years later, it was revealed in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal that the team had broken MLB rules during the season. The Astros were punished, and González publicly apologized for his role in the scandal.[9]

In 2018 he batted .247/.324/.409, and saw the highest percentage of curveballs (14.9%) of all MLB hitters. He decided not to re-sign with the Houston Astros and became a free agent after the 2018 season. [10]

Minnesota TwinsEdit

On February 25, 2019, González signed a two-year contract worth $21 million with the Minnesota Twins.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

González and wife, Noel, have three children together.[12] The couple resides in Houston, Texas.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rule 5 Draft about to get started". December 8, 2011. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  2. ^ McTaggart, Brian. "Astros option Shuck as roster takes shape". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rangers vs. Astros - 04/02/13". Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Marwin Gonzalez has 25 straight solo home runs". Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mariners vs. Astros - 05/06/16". Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2017 » Batters » Pitch Type Statistics - FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
  7. ^ Justice, Richard (October 26, 2017). "Astros, Dodgers author a classic Fall Classic: Houston evens World Series at 1−1 in Game 2 thriller filled with wild moments". MLB.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  8. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Sterling, Wayne; Waldrop, Theresa (February 11, 2020). "Former Astros player 'remorseful' for sign-stealing scheme". CNN.com.
  10. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Pitch Type Statistics - FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
  11. ^ "Gonzalez finalizes $21M, 2-year deal with Twins". ESPN.com. February 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Kaplan, Jake (October 14, 2017). "Marwin Gonzalez, wife welcome third child after Astros' Game 1 win". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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