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Special Assistant to the President & CEO
One of the most popular figures in Arizona Diamondbacks history because of the way he interacted with fans and his game-winning single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the organization its first World Championship, Luis Gonzalez is in his sixth full season as a Special Assistant to the President & CEO with the D-backs in 2015. Gonzalez rejoined the organization in August 2009 after officially retiring as a player following his 19-year Major League career.
In his role, Gonzalez assists D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall and other departments throughout the baseball and business side of the organization. He also continues to make an impact in the community with the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, interacts with season ticket holders at special events, meets with corporate partners, fills in on the D-backs' radio and television broadcasts and spends time with Minor and Major League players throughout the organization. Gonzalez also interacts with children at the team's D-backs Baseball Academy camps and participates in the annual week-long Fantasy Camp.
In January, he teamed up with the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation for the inaugural Luis Gonzalez Celebrity Hitting Challenge. More than $95,000 was raised to benefit non-profit charities that support first responders and their families. His "Going Gonzo for Kids" initiative that he started in 2010 through the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation contributed $100,000 in each of its first four years to a variety of Arizona-based children's charities.
For his contributions as a player and a member in the community, Gonzalez became the first former player to have his number retired by the D-backs during a pre-game ceremony on Aug. 7, 2010. His No. 20 can now be seen in 5-foot purple numbers on the fašade of the party suites in right field at Chase Field next to Jackie Robinson's No. 42, which was retired in perpetuity by Major League Baseball on April 15, 1997.
In 2014, Gonzalez was inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame and the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame in his hometown in Florida. In February, he was enshrined in the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame at a ceremony at La Romana, Dominican Republic, alongside former Major Leaguers Carlos Delgado (Puerto Rico), Nomar Garciaparra (Mexico), Ozzie Guillen (Venezulea), Pedro Martinez (Dominican Republic) and Roberto Kelly (Panama). In April, he will be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
Gonzalez compiled a .283 batting average, 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and 1,439 RBI during his career with the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins and D-backs. His 596 career doubles rank 15th in baseball history. Gonzalez is one of only 19 players in Major League history to collect at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI, joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Dave Winfield, Rafael Palmeiro, Frank Robinson, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Andre Dawson, Ken Griffey, Jr., Tony Perez, Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams. The five-time All-Star retired as the D-backs' all-time leader in games played (1,194), hits (1,337), doubles (310), home runs (224), walks (650), runs (780), RBI (774), at-bats (4,488), total bases (2,373), slugging percentage (.529) and on-base percentage (.391). For his many community contributions during his playing career, Gonzalez was named the 2005 winner of the Branch Rickey Award, presented by the Rotary Club of Denver to individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their community and who are strong role models for others.
Gonzalez was the Astros' fourth-round selection in the June 1988 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Alabama, where he earned Baseball America's All-Freshman second team honors and was later inducted into the university's Hall of Fame in 1999. He graduated from Tampa's Jefferson High School in 1985, earning a spot in the school's Hall of Fame and teaming with former Major Leaguer Tino Martinez.
A 2-time D-backs nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award (2000 & '03), Gonzalez currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT) and the Arizona State Fair. In 2015, he will serve as the Corporate Chair for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.
He and his wife, Christine, reside in Scottsdale with their triplets, Megan, Jacob and Alyssa.
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