February 23, 2001 |
Juan Gonzalez didn't even make it through his first practice with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez, signed as a free agent this winter to help replace Manny Ramirez, was hit on the right elbow by a foul ball during the team's first full-squad workout yesterday in Winter Haven, Fla. Gonzalez was leaning against the batting cage when a ball hit by Russell Branyan struck him in the elbow. Gonzalez immediately had the elbow wrapped and iced. "It scared me a little bit," said Gonzalez, who still had the elbow wrapped when he talked to reporters about three hours after being hit. "The doctor checked it and said it was on the muscle, not the bone.
June 2, 2006 |
The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League yesterday announced the signing of former American League MVP Juan Gonzalez. The slugger will join the Ducks on Tuesday. Gonzalez, 36, hit 434 homers and drove in 1,404 runs in a 16-year career with the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals. Long Island will play in Camden on June 9-11 and in Atlantic City on Aug. 25-28. Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros went through his first workout at a minor-league stadium in Lexington, Ky. His son, Koby Clemens, hit a ball off a scoreboard on the left-field wall.
January 9, 2002 |
Juan Gonzalez is returning to the Texas Rangers, agreeing last night to a $24 million, two-year contract. Gonzalez, who turned down two-year offers from the New York Mets and Baltimore, rejoins the team with which he won two AL MVP awards and is the career leader in home runs and RBI. He'll bat cleanup in a power-packed lineup that also features Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez and the recently acquired Carl Everett. "We've got four potential first-ballot Hall of Famers on this club, so he doesn't have to come in here and carry the load, be the guy - but being in the middle of the order, he'll be a key component to our offense," Rangers general manager John Hart said.
August 25, 1993 |
You see this big guy sitting alone at the other end of the Texas Rangers' clubhouse, massive arms folded across foundry-forged chest. He is listening to music on headphones, staring straight ahead, right foot tapping out a steady beat. You see teammates approach and try to start conversations, but he sends them away with a nod. So is Juan Gonzalez, the most fearsome hitter in all of baseball, just another edgy, pompous, millionaire recluse telling the rest of the world to go away?
June 25, 2003 |
The Montreal Expos reached agreement yesterday on a trade to acquire Juan Gonzalez, a two-time American League MVP, from Texas. But the outfielder's attorney said that the Rangers star would probably would reject the deal. Omar Minaya, the Expos' general manager, was to meet with the slugger in Texas today. Gonzalez has 72 hours to exercise a no-trade clause in his contract, beginning at 10 a.m. today. "After some thought and reflection, Juan is going to stand by his no-trade clause and reject the trade to Montreal - in all likelihood," attorney Jeff Moorad said.
June 24, 2000 |
Maybe Juan Gonzalez is coming to the Yankees, after all. A representative of the two-time American League MVP told New York and Detroit yesterday that the Tigers rightfielder would accept a trade to the Yankees, but only without a contract extension, meaning he could become a free agent after the season. Gonzalez refused to talk about the possible trade yesterday. But he did laugh about it. "No, not now," he said as he waved away reporters before the Tigers game against the Cleveland Indians.
June 2, 1995 |
Kenny Rogers knew his good times had to end. Juan Gonzalez knew the bad times had to. Rogers extended his scoreless-inning streak to 39 before finally allowing a run and Gonzalez returned from a herniated disk to play for the first time since April 16 in the Texas Rangers' 6-3 win last night over the visiting Minnesota Twins. Rogers's 39 was a club mark, breaking Charlie Hough's 36-inning scoreless streak from 1983. The Twins finally got a run with two out in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Marty Cordova, but Rogers picked up his sixth straight win after an 0-2 start.
April 29, 1998 |
Projected over six months, Juan Gonzalez could put up some scary numbers. Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and set a major league record for runs batted in for April as the visiting Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-2, last night. "It was an exciting moment for me," said Gonzalez, who also had an RBI in March and leads the majors with 36. "When I see men on base, I try to drive them in. " Gonzalez broke the record of 34 RBI set last April by the Yankees' Tino Martinez.
June 27, 2000 |
The deal is dead. Juan's not gone. The Yankees' tentative trade for Juan Gonzalez collapsed yesterday when the Detroit Tigers rightfielder rejected a one-year, $12.5 million contract extension offered by New York. "Good, I like it," Tigers manager Phil Garner said when told the proposed deal had fallen apart. "I thought it was going to work out that way anyway. " The Yankees agreed Thursday to the 3-for-1 trade with Detroit for the two-time American League Most Valuable Player, but he had a no-trade clause that allowed him to block the deal.
May 3, 1997 |
Juan Gonzalez made his long-awaited return for Texas, but it was Boston's John Valentin who really needed to make a comeback. Valentin, who had been benched the previous two games by manager Jimy Williams, singled home the go-ahead run off John Wetteland with two outs in the ninth inning as the Red Sox beat host Texas last night, 5-4. "I want to be in that situation," said Valentin, hitting just .160. "We play the game for challenges like that. Today, I won. Most of the time he [Wetteland]