"Juan Gone" Making A Comeback?

February 6, 2007 – 2:47 am by Ryan Phillips

Former two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez is trying to make a major league comeback. The one time RBI machine, best known as the guy on the Rangers with a weird swing not named Julio Franco, has been out of baseball since 2005 a one-game stint with the Indians in 2005.

Gonzalez played in the Puerto Rican winter league after an 11-year absence in hopes of garnering interest from major league teams. Juan seems to think there are plenty of teams out there looking for an over-the-hill slugger with injury issues. “There are some teams interested, but we’ll wait and see what happens,” he said.

Wow, Sammy Sosa and Juan Gonzalez available as free agents in the same off-season? General managers would be wetting themselves if it was 1998. When did baseball players turn into boxers? Guys, when it’s over it’s over. Just go manage a minor league team somewhere and drink yourself into oblivion. If we want to see a roided up home run machine we’ll watch Ryan Howard.*

For those who don’t remember, Gonzalez was a super-prospect from Puerto Rico for the Rangers in the late 80’s. He broke out with a 46 home run, 118 rbi season in 1992 while raising his batting average 50 points to .310. As a side note, that’s also the year Jose Canseco joined the Rangers, and allegedly brought steroids to the locker room. But we’re sure that’s just a freak coincidence and if Juan ever happened to test positive for something it was probably all Mark Sweeney’s fault.

For Gonzalez’s career numbers go here.

*Note: There is no evidence to support this claim, but it’s a rant people, sometimes the innocent get hit by shrapnel.
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