How much is Adrian Gonzalez worth?
|Net Worth:||$120 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball First Baseman|
|Date of Birth:||May 8, 1982|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Adrian Gonzalez
- Born: May 8, 1982
- Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 225 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Left
- Family:Wife, Betzabe
- Primary position: First baseman
Before the bigs:
- Father, David Gonzalez, was a star on the Mexican national team in the late 1970 and owned an air conditioning company. Adrian is one of his three sons — his older brothers are David Jr. and Edgar. Edgar played at San Diego State.
- Lived in Tijuana, Mexico, for much of his childhood, and moved back to San Ysidro, Calif., when Adrian was in sixth grade.
- Played at East Lake High School in Chula Vista.
- Was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2000 draft by the Florida Marlins, the first infielder to go No. 1 in seven years (Alex Rodriguez in 1993). Adrian’s brother Edgar was selected in the 30th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the same draft. He later became a teammate of Adrian’s briefly in San Diego.
- Signed for a $3 million bonus and hit .297 with no home runs in his first pro season.
- Started the 2001 season at Single-A Kane County and hit .312 with 17 homers and 103 RBI in 127 games and was selected the Midwest League MVP.
- In 2002, he hit .266 with 17 homers and 96 RBI for Double-A Portland.
- Injured his wrist in 2003 and was traded to the Texas Rangers organization in a deal that sent closer Ugueth Urbina to the Marlins.
- Went back and forth between the big leagues and minors in the Texas organization in 2004 and 2005, unable to beat out rising star Mark Teixeira at first base. Hit well in the minors, batting .338 with 18 homers in 2005 at age 23 at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
- Made his big-league debut with the Rangers in April 2004, hitting his first career homer off Kevin Jarvis of the Seattle Mariners on April 25. Hit .229 with seven homers in 59 games over parts of two seasons in Texas.
- With Teixeira in the way, the Rangers dealt Gonzalez to his hometown San Diego Padres, his favorite team growing up. He won the job at first base, and became the team’s best player almost immediately, a role he’d keep for five seasons.
- Helped lead the Padres to the NL West title in 2006, batting .304 with 24 homers and 82 RBI. In his first postseason, he hit .357 in a four-game loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.
- Signed a four-year, $9.5 million contract before the 2007 season, with a club option for 2011. Gonzalez batted .282 with 30 homers and 100 RBI as the Padres finished in a tie for the NL wild-card spot but lost in a one-game playoff to the Colorado Rockies, the eventual NL pennant-winner.
- Won his first NL Gold Glove in 2008, and also was named to the NL All-Star team for the first time.
- Improved his home run total in each of the next two seasons, batting .279 with 36 homers and a career-best 119 RBI in 2008 and hitting .277 with 40 homers in 2009, impressive considering his home ballpark in San Diego was one of the worst for hitters in the majors.
- He played in one more season in San Diego in 2010 and finished fourth in the MVP voting, hitting .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBI.
- His contract nearly expired with a big paycheck looming, the Padres traded Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox for a package of minor-leaguers on Dec. 6, 2010. Agreed to a seven-year, $154 million contract extension with the Red Sox that expires after the 2018 season.
- Won his third Gold Glove and his first Silver Slugger in his first season with Boston, batting a career-high .338 with 27 homers, 117 RBI and an American League-best 213 hits.
- Had his 1,000th career hit in June 2011 against Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers.
- Hit a home run for the AL in the 2011 All-Star Game.
- Traded surprisingly to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2012, clearing waivers as the Red Sox were in the middle of a disappointing season, even though Gonzalez was performing around his career averages.. He was the centerpiece in the biggest salary dump in MLB history, traded with another player with more than $100 million left on his contract in outfielder Carl Crawford.
- Hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Dodgers.
Off the field:
- Created the Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation, focused on youth issues.
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