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Beardless Marwin Gonzalez has found a home with the Yankees

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Beardless Marwin Gonzalez has found a home with the Yankees

When Marwin Gonzalez was released by the Red Sox last August, then did not do much when the Astros signed him for the final month of the seasonit looked like the 33-year-old utility player’s career might be over.

Eleven days after the Major League Baseball lockout ended, the Astros’ 2017 World Series hero was able to land a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. Gonzalez made the most of that one-year, $ 1.1 million contract – contingent on him making the big league roster – and has found himself a home with the Yankees, who have the best record in baseball by 7.5 games with the Astros coming to town for a four-game series beginning Thursday.

Appearing in about half of the Yankees ‘games so far this season, Gonzalez, who shaved his beard to fall in line with the Yankees’ strict no-facial hair policy, is hitting .244 (20-for-82) with six doubles and a couple home runs. His .690 OPS, while not good, is the best he’s had since 2019, his first season with the Twins after leaving the Astros for a two-year, $ 21 million deal in Minnesota.

Gonzalez, who is not in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Astros, has been even better lately. Before being given the night off in Wednesday’s win over the Rays, Gonzalez had started four straight games, going 5-for-15 with two home runs in two starts at shortstop, a start in right field and one in left field.

Marwin Gonzalez of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 21, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Marwin Gonzalez of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 21, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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In Houston, Gonzalez will always be revered for his home run off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen that tied up Game 2 of the 2017 World Series. Of course, later it was revealed the Astros had a system in which they banged on a trash can to relay the opposing team’s signs to hitters. As it turned out, Gonzalez was found to have used the system the most. Clearly, that will not stop Yankees fans from mercilessly booing the Astros this week while cheering on Gonzalez.

After leaving the Astros the first time, Gonzalez had a pretty good season with the Twins, batting .264 with 15 home runs, but then the bottom fell out. He hit just .211 in his final season with the Twins and signed with the Red Sox where he was hitting .202 before his midseason release. He hit .176 in 14 games with the Astros at the end of last season.



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