Gonzalez nearing retirement?
It’s looking more and more like Luis Gonzalez has played his last Major League game.
The former D-back great, who is expected to take a position in the team’s front office when he officially decides to announce his retirement, was at Chase Field for Wednesday afternoon’s game between the D-backs and Mets.
“This organization has meant a lot to me,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez will always have a prominent place in franchise history. It was his single to left in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Yankees that propelled the D-backs to Arizona’s first major sports championship.
After spending last year with the Marlins, Gonzalez was hoping to play one more season, but he did not receive any offers and as the summer has worn on, the reality has also sunk in for the 41-year-old.
This is the first summer since 1988 that he has not been playing professional baseball somewhere.
“I still feel like I can play,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been different this year because 22 years of my life has been structured around time and having to be somewhere so it’s been an adjustment.”
He has filled the void by spending time with his wife Christine and their three children Alyssa, Megan and Jacob.
“My family has helped me out tremendously with the adjustment,” Gonzalez said. “I know that they would have liked me to have played again, but you know it is what it is. I can’t look back at it. I’m very happy with my career, the years that I played. Where I grew up baseball was a strong passion. I got to play for a long time, I got to meet a lot of great people, played against a lot of great players and played with some Hall of Famers.”
No one has worn Gonzalez’s No. 20 since he left following the 2006 season. Jeff Suppan wore the number during the franchise’s inaugural season in 1998.