Four . . .


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Gio Gonzalez with the Washington Nationals in 2012 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Four days until Opening Day! And the best of this week? Gio Gonzalez, another of my favorite players, signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. If Gonzalez makes it up to the Yankees, the contract will be worth $3 million, and the Yankees would become the fourth major league team Gonzalez has played for in addition to Oakland (2008-11), Washington (2012-18), and Milwaukee (2018).

Gonzalez, however, also has been with the Chicago White Sox and Philadephia Phillies organizations.  He was drafted by the White Sox in 2004 and played in their minor league system in 2004 and 2005 (for the Bristol White Sox, Kannapolis Intimidators, and  Winston-Salem Warthogs). In December 2005, he was the “player to be named later” in a deal that sent him and two other players to the Phillies for Jim Thome and cash. Gonzalez subsequently spent 2006 with the Class AA Reading Phillies. In December 2006, the Phillies traded him back to the White Sox along with another player in exchange for Freddy Garcia.

Gonzalez then spent another year in double-A, this time with the Birmingham Barons. Prior to the 2008 season, Gonzalez was traded again when the White Sox sent him and two other players to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Nick Swisher. Gonzalez spent most of the year with the triple-A Sacramento River Cats, though he pitched in 10 games for Oakland. He split 2009 between Sacramento and Oakland before reaching Oakland for good in 2010.

In December 2011, Gonzalez was traded to the Washington Nationals, where he played for almost seven seasons before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on August 31, 2018. He was granted free agency in October.

Hopefully, the Yankees will keep him around awhile.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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Best of the Week: 3/10/2019 – 3/16/2019


Someone finally got smart and signed Adam Jones. The outfielder, All-star, and all-around good guy has found a new job with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In an interview with 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station, Jones noted the impact these late signings has on veteran players and the game itself:

“The thing about baseball, is that they’re taking the game away from guys who want to play. I want to play more than just this year. … We want to play. We love to play. When you take that away from us, some players get bitter about it and … that’s not good for the game, that’s not good for the next generation of the game.”

We’ll miss Adam Jones in Baltimore, but I’m sure that’s not that last we’ll hear from him.

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 2/17/2019 – 2/23/2019


Without a doubt, the best baseball story of the week was Manny Machado. After weeks of me whining, the drama finally ended with Manny signing with the San Diego Padres.

Now all we need is an announcement from Bryce and I can begin to plan my life again…

Although, I have to say, I kind of agree with this guy:

And still hold out hope, like this guy:

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 2/3/2019 – 2/9/2019


Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, this seems appropriate for the Best of the Week: A-Rod’s Instagram post for his second anniversary with JLo:

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Macha 13, I can’t believe it’s been two years. Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words. . From baseball games, to traveling across the world to shows in Vegas. We have done it all together and every moment with you is cherished. Where this road will take us next is unknown but there is no one else I would rather have by my side. The journey is just beginning and I am excited for what’s ahead. . Macha, your hard work is unmatched. Your relentless drive and determination push me to be a better man each and every day. . Like you there is none other. Words will never do justice to what the last two years have meant to me. Thank you for always being you, for your unwavering support and unconditional love.❤️ . Te amo mucho, Lola. . – Macho 13 @jlo

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Hers was pretty adorable, too. (You gotta admit, they are cute together!)

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 1/27/2019 – 2/2/2019


On Monday, Los Charros de Jalisco won the Mexican Pacific League championship and my favorite player, Dariel Alvarez, was named MVP. Los Charros will represent Mexico next week in the Caribbean Series!

The Caribbean Series begins tomorrow!

~ baseballrebecca