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Adrian Gonzalez

San Diego Padres — No. 23
First baseman
Born: May 8, 1982 (1982-05-08) (age 27)
San Diego, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
April 18, 2004 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .281
Home Runs     137
Runs batted in     424
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Adrian Gonzalez (born May 8, 1982, in San Diego, California) is a Mexican-American Major League Baseball first baseman for the San Diego Padres. He was the first overall pick in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins.

The son of Mexican parents, Gonzalez lived 12 years of his youth in Mexico. He played for Mexico in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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Texas Rangers(2004-2005)

Gonzalez was the first infield position player to be drafted first overall since Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He was drafted out of Eastlake High School and given a $3 million signing bonus. After a wrist injury, the Marlins felt Gonzalez would be hindered swinging the bat, so he was subsequently traded to the Texas Rangers in a deal for Ugueth Urbina. He played in 16 games for Texas in 2004 and in 43 games in 2005. After the season, Gonzalez was traded to the San Diego Padres along with pitcher Chris Young and outfielder Terrmel Sledge. In return, the Rangers received Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka. Originally seen as an eventual replacement for Ryan Klesko at first base, Gonzalez was given the job when Klesko underwent shoulder surgery.

San Diego Padres (2006-present)

Gonzalez at the plate in 2008.

With extended playing time at first base in 2006, Gonzalez continued to improve his hitting, and showed flashes of gold glove caliber defense. On July 23, 2006, he was named the NL Player of the Week.[1] In his first full season, he led the Padres in batting average (.304) and home runs (24). He was the first player in Petco Park history to have more than one multiple home run game.

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2007 season

On March 31, 2007, Gonzalez agreed to a $9.5 million, four-year deal, with a club option for $5.5 million in 2011. [2] In the 2007 season, Gonzalez led the Padres in home runs again, with 30, and had a team-high 100 RBIs.

2008 season

In the 2008 season, Gonzalez finished with a .279 average and once again led the Padres with 36 HRs and 119 RBIs. He was elected to the 2008 MLB All-Star Game as a reserve. He went 1 for 3 with a single and a sacrifice fly, scoring Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros. He won his first Gold Glove Award in 2008 at first base.

Gonzalez played winter ball in the Mexican Pacific League for the Venados de Mazatlán. In the 2009 Caribbean Series, he led his team past the Dominican Republic's Tigres del Licey with a record-setting 3 home runs on February 4.[3]

2009 season

Gonzalez started off hot in 2009, hitting 23 homers and leading the Major League Baseball in that category at the end of May. This despite playing his home games at Petco Park, which Padres statisticians describe as an “extreme pitcher's park.”[4] On May 18, Gonzalez was described as being one of the two most underrated players in the National League according to a poll of Major League executives and managers conducted by MLB.com.[4] On April 1, Gonzalez was named the NL Co-Player of the Week for the second time in his career. During that week, Gonzalez hit four home runs, tallied 10 RBIs, and had a 1.000 slugging percentage.[5] Gonzalez was elected to the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game after voting by fellow players, managers and coaches.[6] He subsequently participated in that year's Home Run Derby where he hit two home runs in the first round. On August 1, Gonzalez finished 6-for-6 with three RBI as the Padres topped the Milwaukee Brewers 13-6. Gonzalez's six hits are the most by any Padre in a nine-inning game. Three others have accomplished the feat, but did it in extra-inning contests. Gonzalez hit five singles and a double.

He led the majors in walks in 2009, with 119,[7] while hitting forty home runs for the first time in his career.

Personal life

His brother is Padres teammate Edgar Gonzalez. Their father was a member of the Mexican national baseball team.[8]

Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, reside in San Diego. [9] The couple created The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation, which is focused on empowering underprivileged youth in areas of athletics, education and health.[10]

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Preceded by
Josh Hamilton
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
2000
Succeeded by
Joe Mauer

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