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Acquired with cash considerations from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for outfielder Karim Garcia, December 28, 1998.
2001 Postseason Highlights: Luis entered the bottom of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series hitless in 4 at bats, but by the end of that at bat he would be in the midst of the greatest celebration to ever hit the Valley of the Sun ... with the bases loaded and a drawn-in infield he sent teammates and fans into a frenzy with a bloop single off of Mariano Rivera to drive home Jay Bell with the winning run that staked Arizona to a remarkable 3-2 win and its first World Championship ... Gonzo prefaced the game #7 heroics with 2 hits in the 15-2 runaway in game #6, including a 2-run double in Arizona's 8-run third inning ... he jumpstarted the World Series experience with a 2-run homer off of Mike Mussina in game #1, giving the D-Backs a 3-1 lead en route to a 9-1 triumph ... it was Gonzo's third roundtripper of the post-season and 60th overall on the year ... the Fall Classic also featured a sidebar in which Gonzalez and his childhood best friend, Tino Martinez, each played a huge role in their club's success ... raised in Tampa, FL, they played on the same Jefferson High School team that went to the state finals in 1985 and even worked in the same cigar factory that was run by Martinez's grandfather ... Gonzo's overall postseason batting average was an uncharacteristic .246 (16-for-65), due in a large part to an injured right wrist from being hit by pitches and a right hamstring strain ... he still provided key offensive contributions throughout Arizona's run to the title, including a big night in Atlanta in game #4 of the NLCS when the D-Backs took a 3-1 lead in the series ... Luis was on base 5 times going 2-for-3 with 2 walks, a hit by pitch while scoring twice and knocking in 3 with a ninth inning homer to blow open the 11-4 victory ... he closed out the Division Series against St. Louis by reaching base safely in 7 of his last 11 plate appearances over the final 3 games, including a solo homer off of Darryl Kile in Arizona's 5-3 win at Busch Stadium in game #3.2000 Enjoyed 2nd straight solid season in a Diamondback uniform, establishing career bests in doubles (47), home runs (31) and RBI (114), breaking the personal marks he set during the '99 season, while also becoming the only D'Back in the franchise's brief history to appear in and start all 162 games...earned co-Player-of-the-Year honors with Steve Finley as voted by the Arizona chapter of the BBWAA...was also named to his 2nd consecutive Good Guy Award by the BBWAA...he was selected to travel to Japan as part of the MLB All-Star tour in November, playing 8 exhibition games against Japanese League All-Star teams.
Set a club record with 80 extra-base hits and is the first Diamondback to drive in 100 runs in consecutive seasons.
Opened the season going 10-for-19 (.526) through the first 5 games, featuring a club record-tying 3-double affair on April 7 vs. the Pirates... had an up-and-down first 5 weeks of the season in which his average dropped to .226 on April 20, returned to .273 in a week's time, then fell again to .229 as late as May 6 before kicking off a stretch in which Gonzo never went more than 2 straight games without a hit the rest of the way...the week between slumps featured career-best power display, hitting 5 home runs in a 6-game stretch including a club record-tying 3 straight games with a roundtripper from April 26-28...he later tied that mark with 3 in a row from June 7-10.
Recorded 300th career double on June 18 vs. San Diego.
Earned his first career N.L. Player-of-the-Week honors by hitting .417 (10-for-24) from June 5-11 with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 8 RBI and a 1.042 slugging pct...would earn 2nd league weekly honor for July 24-30, sharing the award with Colorado's Jeffrey Hammonds...2nd award was based on .450 week (9-for-20) with 4 homers and 6 RBI, featuring 8th career 2-homer game on July 30 at Florida.
Award winning week began with the first cycle in club history on July 5 in Houston, the 229th in major league history...Gonzo was 2-for-4 with a single and a double entering the 8th inning, but tripled in the 8th and homered in the 9th to become the 10th player in baseball history to both hit for the cycle and author a 30-game hitting streak (1999)...also tied a club record by scoring 4 runs in the game, the 4th 4-run game in franchise history.
Had 9th career 2-homer game on August 3 against Atlanta, while driving in 5 to match the team-high for a game during the 2000 season.
Narrowly missed his 2nd cycle of the season on August 19, collecting a single, double and triple vs. Chicago Cubs.
Had a season-high 14-game hitting streak from August 6-21, hitting .382 (21-for-55) with 12 runs and 10 RBI.
Established his single-season career high for home runs by hitting his 27th on August 30 in Montreal off of Felipe Lira.
Tied a personal single-game best with a trio of 4-hit games giving him 13 in his career...celebrated his 33rd birthday with 3 hits vs. Florida on September 3.
Finished the season with an 11-game hitting streak in which he batted .356 (16-for-45) with 10 runs scored, 4 doubles, 4 home runs and 20 RBI...included was a huge split doubleheader in San Francisco on September 23, going a combined 3-for-8 in the twinbill featuring a 3-run homer in each contest, totaling 8 RBI on the day.1999 When the Diamondbacks retooled after the '98 season, many of the winter acquisitions made headlines, but one of the quieter transactions was the Christmas break arrival of Luis Gonzalez from the Tigers, though there was nothing subtle about his 1999 campaign...acquired for Karim Garcia, the veteran outfielder had a breakout season in his 10th year of major league ball, establishing career bests in hits (206), home runs (26), runs scored (112), RBI (111) and doubles (45), with his hit and double totals easily establishing club records...his 206 hits won the N.L. crown, 2 more than Philly's Doug Glanville...a lot of players are known as "streak" hitters, but Gonzo's '99 season was one that consisted of streaks...he manufactured 5 different double-digit hitting streaks, including 30, 16, 13, 11 and 10 games, totaling 80 contests during the year that were tied up in streaks, nearly half of the schedule...with 5 double-digit streaks, Gonzo joined Eric Young (1996) as the only National League players with at least that many such streaks in a season...the headline grabber was the 30-game skein that ran from April 11-May 18, achieving the 30-game mark with a first inning homer at San Francisco off of Chris Brock, the such streak in the N.L. since 1989 (Jerome Walton)...Luis was the 37th player in major league history to hit in at least 30 consecutive games, with Vladimir Guerrero hitting in 31 straight later in the year to become the 38th...at 30 in a row, Gonzo's streak tied 11 others for the 14th longest in history...consistent throughout, he batted .400 over the 30 games (46-for-115) with 25 runs, 11 doubles, a triple, 7 homers, 25 RBI and 80 total bases for a slugging pct. of .696...probably the most memorable hit during the streak was at home on May 11 against Montreal, snapping a 3-3 tie with his first hit of the night, a game-ending 10th inning homer into the pool area off of Guillermo Mota...he opened the year by hitting safely in 4 straight, featuring 3 home runs, including his first of 2 multi-homer games, going deep twice on April 7 in Dodger Stadium...after an 0-for-3 in the middle game of a series in Atlanta, "the streak" began with a home run off of Greg Maddux in the series finale at Turner Field on April 11...once the streak was halted, Luis was hitless for 2 straight games, then hit safely in 13 in a row, giving him a start to the season that featured hits in 48 of his first 51 games at a .398 clip (80-for-201)...his impressive start to the season did not go unnoticed, as 478,311 fans placed him as a write-in candidate for the All-Star Game, and though those votes were only good enough to finish sixth among outfielders, he still earned his first Midsummer Classic visit as a selection of manager Bruce Bochy...Gonzo's contribution to the club was rewarded by management with a 3-year contract extension on August 2, locking up the potential free agent...he tied a career best with a trio of 4-hit efforts, giving him 10 career, while also driving in 4 in a game on 3 occasions...as the regular season wound down, Luis had one more hitting streak in him, hitting safely in the last 12 games of the year at a .408 clip (20-for-49), starting the skein with a 10th inning homer at Bank One Ballpark on September 18, ending an 8-6 Arizona victory...the lefthanded hitting outfielder did not discriminate offensively, hitting .339 against right-handed pitching (152-for-449) and .327 vs. southpaws (54-for-165). 1998 Luis eclipsed the 20-homer mark for the first time in his career, hammering 23 for the Tigers, his only year in the American League...he tied a career best with 154 games played, even with the addition of triplets to the Gonzalez family, when Christine delivered the threesome of Megan, Jacob and Alyssa on June 26...included was his fourth career 2-homer game, taking Anaheim's Omar Olivares deep twice on August 10, with the second blast the 100th of Luis' career...he also picked up the 1,000th hit of his career with a fifth inning single off of Olivares...the Tampa native celebrated his return home by belting the first-ever home run at Tampa's Tropicana Field in the Devil Rays' inaugural game on March 31, a 2-run blast in the fifth inning off of Dan Carlson...homered off Anaheim southpaw Chuck Finley on May 9, the first home run by a lefthanded hitter vs. Finley since Sept. 23, 1996 (Ken Griffey Jr.)...recorded his 500th career RBI on May 24 at Chicago...had a streak of 129 consecutive errorless games snapped on July 30. 1997 Signed as a free agent with the Astros, returning to the franchise where he began his career after a year and a half with the Cubs...had a career-high 23-game hitting streak, tying Art Howe's club record, also the longest streak in the N.L. in '97...was 1 of only 13 players in the majors to record more walks than strikeouts, and 1 of just 9 to do so over the last 2 seasons...enjoyed a visit to Montreal on July 18-20, collecting 3 hits in 3 consecutive games, going 9-for-11 in the series, with 2 homers, 6 runs scored and 7 RBI...included was his first career grand slam on July 20 off of current-teammate Omar Daal, Luis' 2nd homer of the day, the 3rd 2-homer game of his career...had 7th career 4-hit game on April 11 vs. St. Louis. 1996 Set a career best with 79 RBI for the Cubs, while matching a then career high with 15 homers...fanned only 49 times in 483 AB's, while walking 61 times, the first time he walked more than K'd in his career, fanning just once every 11.3 plate appearances, the 6th best ratio in the N.L....started twice at first base, his first major league work there since 1990...he hit .390 (30-for-77) over a 25-game stretch from April 4-May 1. 1995 Split the year between Houston and the Cubs, as he was traded to Chicago on June 28, with Scott Servais in exchange for Rick Wilkins...Luis finished the year tied for 3rd in the league with 8 triples...hit his first career game-opening home run on Sept. 27 off St. Louis' Allen Watson...hit .403 (25-for-62) over an 18-game stretch from August 1-19. 1994 Ranked 10th in the league with 29 doubles during the strike-shortened season...he hit .331 (50-for-151) in the final 41 games leading up to the stoppage of play. 1993 Finished with a .300 average for only time in his career, collecting a single in his final at bat on October 3 to penetrate the .300 mark...led the N.L. in sacrifice flies (10) and ranked 3rd in getting hit (10)...had 2nd career 2-homer game on April 7 vs. Philly...had 2nd career 5-RBI game on Sept. 6 vs. New York...hit in 14 consecutive games from July 8-23. 1992 Opened the season with Houston, but due to .158 average on May 20, he was optioned to Tucson (AAA)...appeared in 13 games and hit .432 for the Toros and said goodbye to the minor leagues for the final time...he returned to the majors on June 3 and batted .309 in first 34 games back...hit first career pinch-hit home run on June 13, a game-winning, 3-run shot off the Giants' Jeff Brantley in a 4-1 Houston win... was on the D.L. from July 21-August 5 with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder after making a diving catch vs. Pittsburgh on July 20. 1991 Luis' first full year in the majors, he led the Astros with 50 extra-base hits, a club record for rookies, breaking Joe Morgan's team record of 48 set in 1965...Gonzalez suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder attempting to make a diving catch on August 28 at Philly, and was disabled from August 29-Sept. 13...had the first 5-RBI game of his career on July 3 at San Francisco...recorded first career 4-hit game on July 17 at Pittsburgh...hit first 2 major league home runs on May 1 at Wrigley Field off of Greg Maddux, knocking in 4 runs in the game. 1990 Earned a spot on the Southern League All-Star team, batting .265 with 30 doubles, 24 home runs and 89 RBI for Columbus (AA)...he tied for the league lead in home runs and sacrifice flies (12)...was promoted to Houston after AA season, making debut on Sept. 4 at Los Angeles as a pinch hitter...made first start on Sept. 8 in San Francisco, picking up a double off of Steve Bedrosian for first major league hit. 1989 Was limited to 86 games for Osceola (A) due to an injured right shoulder...was on the disabled list from May 26-July 5, but still tied for the team lead with 7 triples.