Beardless Marwin Gonzalez found a home with the Yankees

When Marwin Gonzalez was fired by the Red Sox last August, he did little when the Astros signed him for the final month of the season, it looked like the 33-year-old’s career might be over.

Eleven days after Major League Baseball’s shutdown ended, the 2017 World Series champion Astros were able to secure a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. Gonzalez made the most of that one-year, $1.1 million contract — depending on which made him the major league roster — and found himself home with the Yankees, who have the best baseball record of 7.5 games with the Astros arriving in town for a streak of four. Matches start on Thursday.

Appearing in about half of the Yankees’ games so far this season, Gonzalez, who has shaved off his beard to keep up with the Yankees’ strict facial hair policy, has made 244 (20 vs 82) in six pairs and runs a pair home. The 0.690 OPS, while not very good, is his best since 2019, his first season with the Twins after leaving the Astros for two years, a $21 million deal in Minnesota.

Gonzalez, who was not in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Astros, has been doing better lately. Before Gonzalez was given the night in Wednesday’s win over the Rays, he started four games in a row, going 5 for 15 with two home runs in two runs starting at short notice, a start on the right field and one on the left field.

Marwin Gonzalez of the New York Yankees spins around the rules after hitting a home run twice during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 21, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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In Houston, Gonzalez will always be respected at home from the closest Dodgers Kenley Jansen who tied the second game of the 2017 World Championships. Of course, it was later revealed that the Astros had a system in which they knocked a trash can to transmit the opposing team’s signals to the hitters. As it turned out, it was found that Gonzalez used the system more than others. That obviously won’t stop Yankees fans from mercilessly booing the Astros this week while cheering on Gonzalez.

After leaving the Astros the first time, Gonzalez had a good season with the Twins, hitting 0.264 with 15 hits, but then bottomed out. He hit only 0.211 in his last season with the Twins and signed with the Red Sox where he hit 0.22 before his mid-season release. He reached .176 in 14 games for the Astros at the end of last season.

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