November 19, 1998 |
Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers won the American League's most-valuable-player award Wednesday, the first half of a possible MVP sweep by Latin American players. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs is expected to receive the National League award today, although Mark McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinal first baseman, might have generated a strong enough campaign pitch with his remarkable total of 70 home runs and victory over Sosa in the home run race that highlighted the 1998 season.
September 13, 1998
Who is the best and most consistent player of the 1990s? One way to judge is to see who has received the most MVP votes this decade. The top 10: Player: Total MVP Votes 1. Barry Bonds: 1,686 2. Frank Thomas: 1,399 3. Ken Griffey Jr.: 1,077 4. Mike Piazza: 884 5. Albert Belle: 835 6. Jeff Bagwell: 696 7. Cecil Fielder: 656 8. Larry Walker: 581 9. Juan Gonzalez: 541 10. Mo Vaughn: 512 Researched by HOUSTON MITCHELL / Los Angeles Times
September 1, 1998 |
Juan Gonzalez couldn't keep pace with Hack Wilson. But he's driving in runs again at the right time for the Texas Rangers. Gonzalez had seven RBIs with a homer, triple and two doubles Monday night at Detroit as Texas moved closer to the top of the American League West with a 13-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez upped his major league-leading run batted in total to 143. He hit two-run doubles in each of the first two innings as the Rangers opened a 6-0 lead.
August 27, 1998 |
Juan Gonzalez has a firm grasp on the situation in the AL West. As long as he can swing a bat, Texas is still in it. Gonzalez drove in four runs to raise his major league-leading RBI total to 133 Wednesday night, leading the Rangers to an 8-6 win over the Detroit Tigers at Arlington, Texas. "I like this time of year," said Gonzalez. "I like the pressure. It reminds me a lot of 1996, when we won the division. Every game is very important and I know my job."
July 22, 1998 |
Juan Gonzalez homered twice and drove in five runs Tuesday night, increasing his major league-leading total to 110 runs batted in, and the Rangers hit a season-high six homers in a 15-5 rout of the Kansas City Royals. Gonzalez, who has nine RBIs in his last three games after going nine games without one, hit a solo homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the sixth that gave the Rangers a 15-4 lead. He also had an RBI single in the Rangers' nine-run first inning.
July 20, 1998 |
Juan Gonzalez is back in his RBI groove. Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs, giving him a major league-leading 105 RBIs, as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with a 7-4 victory Sunday night at Arlington, Texas. Gonzalez hit his 27th homer--and first since July 5--in the second inning off Bryan Rekar (0-2). He had an RBI grounder in a five-run fifth.
July 16, 1998 |
Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers might break major league baseball's RBI record. A baseball historian is trying to change the mark before the power-hitting outfielder does. Clifford Kachline, a former historian with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, says the RBI record currently on the books--190 by the Chicago Cubs' Hack Wilson in 1930--is one off, citing an official scorekeeper's mistake.
July 8, 1998 |
In most seasons, Texas Ranger outfielder Juan Gonzalez would be the focus of national attention. Gonzalez leads the major leagues with 101 runs batted in, only two fewer than Hank Greenberg's all-star break record. He is batting .293 with 26 home runs, and also ranks among the American League leaders in multi-hit games, total bases, doubles and extra-base hits. His performance is among the main reasons the Rangers are battling the Angels for the AL West title.
June 20, 1998 |
The Angels were only going to hold Texas Ranger outfielder Juan Gonzalez in check for so long. They can only hope that now he has it out of his system, at least for this weekend. Gonzalez, by himself, did more damage to the Angels than most teams have during their recent hot streak. Only twice in the last 19 games have the Angels given up more than five runs. Gonzalez did that in two swings Friday in the Rangers' 7-3 victory, which cut the Angels' lead to a half-game in the AL West.