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July 9, 1995 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Gant lay alone in his hospital room, staring at the ceiling. He wanted to feel rage and malice, but all he felt was helplessness and sorrow. He wanted no visitors. No phone calls. No pity. Gant simply wanted to be left alone to punish himself, allowing the memories of the accident to gather and assault his senses. It was so stupid, he kept telling himself. So damn stupid.
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September 16, 2000 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Send the search back to base camp. Ron Gant has been found, and he will make his first start since Sept. 4 today when the Angels face a left-hander, Twin pitcher Johan Santana, for the first time in 10 games. This was not how the Angels envisioned Gant's role after acquiring the outfielder from Philadelphia for pitcher Kent Bottenfield on July 30. Gant was supposed to solidify the designated hitter spot and fill in occasionally in left field, adding even more power to an already potent lineup.
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August 4, 2000 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Gant, the newest Angel, is the self-motivated type. But there are times when an extra nudge comes in handy. Playing Atlanta? The Braves tore up Gant's contract before the 1994 season, after he broke his leg in a motorcycle accident. Two seasons later, while with St. Louis, Gant hit two home runs against the Braves in a 3-2 victory during the 1996 National League championship series. "I wanted to make sure they pay," he said. Playing Houston?
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June 13, 1995 | From Associated Press
Ron Gant hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies, 11-6, Monday night for their fifth consecutive victory and ninth in 10 games. Gant hit his 13th and 14th home runs to tie Colorado's Larry Walker, who also homered, for the NL lead. Gant had a solo and a three-run homer. The Reds jumped on Marvin Freeman (2-3) for two runs in the second and two more in the third. Kevin Jarvis (3-3) pitched six innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
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May 11, 1998
Pittsburgh Pirate General Manager Cam Bonifay, looking for a third baseman and more power, said Sunday he has discussed possible trades with a number of general managers. The Pirates apparently are looking at outfielder Ron Gant and infielder John Mabry of St. Louis and Joe Randa, their third baseman last season who now plays for Detroit. Teams have asked about right-handers Esteban Loaiza (1-1, 5.94 ERA) and Jon Lieber (1-4, 5.
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September 9, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
The best player in the National League this season might not be the gritty Lenny Dykstra for all his gaudy batting average; or Ryne Sandberg, the gifted home run leader of the Chicago Cubs. It doesn't have to be the great B-boys from Pittsburgh, Bobby Bonilla or Barry Bonds; it could be Barry Larkin, but don't bet the farm. It could be Ronald Edwin Gant. WHO ? you ask. Exactly. He's the best-kept secret of the league. Unless, of course, you ask any right-handed (or left-handed) pitcher.
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October 4, 1995 | JIM MURRAY
I don't know who's going to win the Heisman Trophy this year, or the Cy Young Award, or the MVP, or the Lady Byng Trophy, or the Oscar. But Comeback Player of the Year in baseball? The polls are closed. It's a landslide. Ron Gant by acclamation. Who? you may ask. Exactly. Where'd he come back from? And what was he doing there? Ron Gant is not your everyday household name player. Oh, he had his years in Atlanta. More than 30 homers three years, more than 100 RBIs in two years.
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June 27, 1996 | From Associated Press
Ron Gant gets a little extra enjoyment out of beating the Atlanta Braves. Gant drove in four runs with a solo home run and a bases-loaded triple as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Braves, 11-7, Wednesday at Atlanta. "Gant has always killed us," Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox said. "He's paying us back for letting him go." Gant, 30, was released by the Braves after fracturing his right leg in a motorcycle accident in February 1994 and missed the entire season.
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August 1, 2000 | TIM BROWN
Ron Gant sat in the back of an airplane filled with former teammates early Monday morning. He was on his way to a clubhouse filled with future teammates. "I didn't say much," Gant said. "I didn't know how the guys felt about me being on there. But, it was good. I got a chance to say goodbye to a lot of good friends." Friends are one thing, though. Pennant races are another.
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July 31, 2000 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angel General Manager Bill Stoneman gave his offense a boost and his young starting pitchers another shot in the arm Sunday when he traded veteran right-hander Kent Bottenfield to the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Ron Gant, a right-handed power hitter who should solidify the designated hitter spot. Gant hit .254 with a team-leading 20 home runs and 38 runs batted in in 89 games for the Phillies, but after a slow start, in which he hit .220 in April and May, the 35-year-old is batting .
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July 31, 2000 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Ron Gant has started in the outfield or infield for virtually all of his 12-year major league career, but after being traded from the Phillies to the Angels for pitcher Kent Bottenfield on Sunday, he said he would have no problem adjusting to a designated hitter role. "I've done it in some interleague games, and it will be a different situation, but I'm willing to take on any role," Gant said. "I'll hit second, I'll DH, I'll do whatever they ask me."
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May 11, 1998
Pittsburgh Pirate General Manager Cam Bonifay, looking for a third baseman and more power, said Sunday he has discussed possible trades with a number of general managers. The Pirates apparently are looking at outfielder Ron Gant and infielder John Mabry of St. Louis and Joe Randa, their third baseman last season who now plays for Detroit. Teams have asked about right-handers Esteban Loaiza (1-1, 5.94 ERA) and Jon Lieber (1-4, 5.
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October 13, 1996 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The motorcycle sits alone in Ron Gant's garage as if it's a relic. He hasn't started the bike in two years. He's not even sure he has the key. Yet every day he looks at it, relives that repulsive moment, and uses the memory as motivation and inspiration in his baseball career.
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June 27, 1996 | From Associated Press
Ron Gant gets a little extra enjoyment out of beating the Atlanta Braves. Gant drove in four runs with a solo home run and a bases-loaded triple as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Braves, 11-7, Wednesday at Atlanta. "Gant has always killed us," Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox said. "He's paying us back for letting him go." Gant, 30, was released by the Braves after fracturing his right leg in a motorcycle accident in February 1994 and missed the entire season.
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September 18, 1993 | Associated Press
The Atlanta Braves are riding high, and Ron Gant is the guy carrying the team on his shoulders lately. Gant did it again Friday night when he delivered a run-scoring double in the 10th inning to give Atlanta a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets at Atlanta, keeping the Braves four games ahead of San Francisco in the National League West. "Ronnie's been something. He's got half the club on his shoulders now," Manager Bobby Cox said. "He's been Mr. Clutch."
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September 18, 1993 | Associated Press
The Atlanta Braves are riding high, and Ron Gant is the guy carrying the team on his shoulders lately. Gant did it again Friday night when he delivered a run-scoring double in the 10th inning to give Atlanta a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets at Atlanta, keeping the Braves four games ahead of San Francisco in the National League West. "Ronnie's been something. He's got half the club on his shoulders now," Manager Bobby Cox said. "He's been Mr. Clutch."
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October 4, 1995 | JIM MURRAY
I don't know who's going to win the Heisman Trophy this year, or the Cy Young Award, or the MVP, or the Lady Byng Trophy, or the Oscar. But Comeback Player of the Year in baseball? The polls are closed. It's a landslide. Ron Gant by acclamation. Who? you may ask. Exactly. Where'd he come back from? And what was he doing there? Ron Gant is not your everyday household name player. Oh, he had his years in Atlanta. More than 30 homers three years, more than 100 RBIs in two years.
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July 9, 1995 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Gant lay alone in his hospital room, staring at the ceiling. He wanted to feel rage and malice, but all he felt was helplessness and sorrow. He wanted no visitors. No phone calls. No pity. Gant simply wanted to be left alone to punish himself, allowing the memories of the accident to gather and assault his senses. It was so stupid, he kept telling himself. So damn stupid.
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