Gio González

Giovany Aramis González (born September 19, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also pitched in MLB for the Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals. A two-time All-Star, González led the National League in wins in 2012. He is of Cuban descent.

Gio González
Gio Gonzalez on April 12, 2012
González with the Nationals in 2012
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 47
Starting pitcher
Born: September 19, 1985 (age 33)
Hialeah, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 6, 2008, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through May 27, 2019)
Win–loss record129–98
Earned run average3.68
Career highlights and awards

Early life

González was born in Hialeah, Florida, to a Cuban immigrant mother from Havana and a first-generation Cuban-American father from New Jersey.[1] He attended Hialeah High School in Hialeah, for the first three years of his high school career, where they won two state championships and nearly won a third. After his junior year, he transferred over to Monsignor Edward Pace High School in 2004 where he played with former teammate Chris Marrero.

Playing career

Early career

The Chicago White Sox selected González in the first round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.

In 2005, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Aaron Rowand and Daniel Haigwood for slugger Jim Thome.[2] While with the Phillies, Baseball America rated González the number-2 prospect in their farm system behind Cole Hamels in 2006.[3]

In December 2006 he was traded back to the White Sox along with Gavin Floyd for Freddy García.[4] González led the minor leagues with 185 strikeouts in 150 innings in 2007.

Oakland Athletics

Gio Gonzalez on June 6, 2011 (2)
González with the Oakland Athletics in 2011

On January 3, 2008, the White Sox traded González along with fellow prospects Ryan Sweeney and Fautino de los Santos to the Oakland Athletics for Nick Swisher. He was ranked the #1 prospect in the White Sox system at the time of the trade.

González was called up to the majors on August 5, 2008, and made his debut on August 6.[5] Following the 2009 spring training camp, he was returned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.[6]

González started the 2010 season throwing 6+ innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 6 and walking 1 in the 10–4 win.

González was selected to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. At the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona, González was called out to the mound with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out the only batter he would face, Jay Bruce. On the final day of the 2011 season, González threw 11 strikeouts over eight shut-out innings against the Seattle Mariners to secure a career-high 16 wins for the season.

Washington Nationals


On December 23, 2011, the Athletics traded González and Robert Gilliam to the Washington Nationals for Brad Peacock, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris and A. J. Cole.[7] On January 15, 2012 González signed a five-year extension worth $42 million through 2016 covering his arbitration-eligible years. The deal also included club options for 2017 and 2018.[8]

González became the first pitcher since 1918 to have three consecutive appearances in which he finished a start with at least six shutout innings and no more than two hits allowed.[9] González set a Nationals record when he pitched 25 consecutive scoreless innings, that ended on April 29, 2012. When the 2012 MLB All-Star Game roster was announced on July 1, González found himself on it for the second time in his career.[10] Later that same day, he earned his 11th win on the season after the Nationals topped the Atlanta Braves, 8–4. González would earn one more win in his last start before the All-Star break, pushing his record to 12–3 and lowering his ERA to 2.92, and in doing so, was tied for the most wins on the first half of the season. His win total tied a Nationals record set in 2005 by Liván Hernández.[11]

On August 8, 2012, González hit his first career home run off Houston Astros pitcher Armando Galarraga and pitched his second career complete game.[12] On August 31, González pitched his first career shutout in a 10–0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals.[13]

When González and the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers on September 22, it moved his record to 20–8 and he became the first pitcher in the MLB to reach the 20-win mark on the season.[14] He finished the regular season with a major league best 21 wins, to go along with a 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts, winning the 2012 Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in the majors.[15] González finished third in NL Cy Young voting in 2012.[16]


González's name, along with those of other MLB players, was listed in connection with a clinic thought to produce performance-enhancing drugs in a January 2013 report.[17] On August 5, González was cleared of any wrongdoing having to do with the Biogenesis scandal. He was not among the 12 players who were suspended.[18]

In 2013, González had a record of 11–8 with a 3.36 ERA.[19] In the first half of 2014, González went 6–5 with a 3.56 ERA.[20] On July 20, González recorded his 1,000th career strikeout against the Milwaukee Brewers, including 511 strikeouts with the Oakland Athletics and 489 strikeouts with the Washington Nationals.[21] He ended the 2014 season with a 10–10 record and a 3.57 ERA.[19]

In 2015, he was 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA and led the major leagues in allowing opposing batters the highest batting average on balls in play (.341).[22] In 2016, he went 11-11 with a 4.57 ERA, his highest since 2009. His WAR of 0.9 was also his worst since 2009.[23] In 2017 he was 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA. He led the major leagues in stolen bases of third allowed, with seven.[24] To start 2018, he went 7-11 in 27 starts. He recorded 126 strikeouts while having a 4.57 ERA and a 1.5 WAR.[23]

Milwaukee Brewers

On August 31, 2018, the Nationals traded González to the Milwaukee Brewers for KJ Harrison and Gilbert Lara.[25] He would make five starts for the Brewers, going 3-0, posting a 2.13 ERA. In a 2-1 loss of Game 4 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gonzalez suffered a high ankle sprain, attempting to field a ball hit by Yasiel Puig, ending his season and being replaced by Zach Davies on the Brewers roster.

New York Yankees

On March 19, 2019, González signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. The deal guaranteed $3 million if he made the big league roster and $300,000 for each game started.[26][27]

Return to the Brewers

After pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, González opted out of his contract and the Yankees released him on April 22.[28] González signed a major league contract with Milwaukee on April 26.[29]


González throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball at 92–95 mph, a two-seam fastball at 91–95, a curveball at 78–82, and a changeup at 85–87 that is used against right-handed hitters. His curveball is used frequently when he is ahead in the count, especially against left-handers.

González's pitches have above-average strike out rate whiff rates, with the curveball leading at 36% and the changeup close behind at 35%. His curve also has an outstanding ground ball/fly ball ratio at nearly 7:1.[30] Gio says of his curveball:

My curveball is a blessing. My father taught it to me. He felt that it was a pitch he wanted me to learn, right on the side of the house, and it just ended up working. I never asked what the tricks were, or anything like that. He made it simple for me to use on my own form, and it works for me. I've never changed my grip since the day my dad showed me how to throw it. He taught me how to try to make it look exactly like a fastball.[31]

González is a strikeout pitcher, with a rate of nearly 1 per inning over his career. He was fourth in strikeouts per nine innings pitched in the AL in 2011, and second in the NL for the 2012 season (as of 17 August 2012).[23]

Personal life

Gio González is married to Berenice Lea Moures, with whom he has two children.

In 2012, González created the GIO (Giving Individuals Opportunities) foundation, a charity to assist medical patients in need of financial support.[32] He is also a comic book hobbyist.[33]


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  16. ^ 2012 Awards Voting |
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  24. ^ 2017 Major League Baseball Baserunning/Situ |
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  33. ^ "Kristina Akra sits down with Gio Gonzalez to discuss his personality, family and love of comics". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2012.

External links

2004 Major League Baseball draft

The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the

first ten picks.

Source: 2004 Draft Tracker

2010 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2010 season was their 42nd in Oakland, California. It was also the 110th season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 81-81.

The Athletics' 2010 season is remembered mainly for Dallas Braden's perfect game. Braden accomplished the feat on May 9, 2010 against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays had the league's best record at the time.

The season also saw Oakland's starting rotation improve greatly. The Athletics, led by a trio of promising young starters (Gio González, Trevor Cahill, and Brett Anderson), ultimately posted the American League's lowest earned run average in 2010. All told, the team allowed some 135 fewer runs than it did in 2009. Cahill, along with closer Andrew Bailey, would be rewarded for their strong performance with All-Star selections.

The 2010 season was the only non-losing season of manager Bob Geren's tenure. Geren would ultimately be fired midway through the Athletics' 2011 season.

2012 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2012 season was the organization's 45th in Oakland, California and the 112th in club history. The team finished with a final record of 94–68, claiming first place in the American League West and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2006. After winning their last game of the season, they took sole possession of the West for the first time all year, overtaking the Texas Rangers. The A's had trailed Texas by 13 games on June 30, and had a five-game deficit with nine days left in the season. The 2012 team, which led the league with 15 walk-off wins, managed this with the second-lowest payroll in baseball, at $59.5 million. They lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers in the Divisional Series.

2012 Washington Nationals season

The Washington Nationals' 2012 season was the eighth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the fifth season at Nationals Park, and the 44th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec. After finishing the previous season in third place with an 80–81 record, out of last place in the NL East for the second time since moving to Washington, the Nationals made several moves to pursue playoff contention in 2012 and beyond. Despite being plagued with injuries, the Nationals had an impressive start to the season, never dropping below the .500 mark and consistently holding first or second place in their division. On September 3, the Nationals won their 82nd game of the season, making this season their first winning season since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005 and the first for the franchise since 2003. On September 20, the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the franchise's first postseason berth since 1981, and the first for a Washington-based team since the Washington Senators won the American League pennant in 1933. On October 1, the Nationals clinched the National League East division. On October 3, they went on to clinch the best record in Major League Baseball at 98-64. They finished the season with a 98-64 record and played the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Series. On October 12, in Game 5 of the NLDS, they lost to the Cardinals 9-7 and were eliminated.

2013 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies 2013 season was the 131st season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies played their first game of the season against the Atlanta Braves on April 1.

2014 National League Division Series

The 2014 National League Division Series was two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 National League Championship Series. The Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals (seeded 1–3 based on record, respectively) and San Francisco Giants—played in two series. Fox Sports 1 carried most of the games, with two of the games on MLB Network.

These matchups were:

(1) Washington Nationals (East Division champion, 96–66) vs. (5) San Francisco Giants (Wild Card Winner, 88–74)

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion, 94–68) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 90–72)This was the first postseason meeting between the Nationals and Giants. The Dodgers and Cardinals met in the postseason for the fifth time, with the Cardinals having won three of the first four matchups, including the previous year's NLCS which the Cardinals won 4 games to 2.

2014 New York Mets season

The 2014 New York Mets season was the franchise's 53rd season and their 6th season at Citi Field. The New York Mets finished 79–83, their most wins since the 2010 season. Also, the Mets finished tied for 2nd place in the National League East, their highest place in the standings since 2008.

2016 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2016 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 134th season in the history of the franchise, and its 13th season at Citizens Bank Park. They improved upon their 63–99 (.389) mark from the year before and finished with a record of 71–91 (.438) and fourth place in the National League East. They missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

2016 Washington Nationals season

The 2016 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' 12th season as the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the ninth season at Nationals Park, and the 48th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They won the National League East division title for the third time in five years, posting a 95–67 record, and were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the Division Series.

2018 National League Championship Series

The 2018 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Milwaukee Brewers against the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2018 World Series against the AL Champions, the Boston Red Sox.

The series was the 49th in league history, with Fox airing all games in the United States. This series was the first time two teams that won their division in a tiebreaker game faced each other in a playoff series, as well as the first postseason match-up between the Brewers and Dodgers. For the first time since 2012, the NLCS reached a game seven, with the Dodgers defeating the Brewers and winning back-to-back pennants for the first time since 1977–1978.

For the second year, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; as with the ALCS, this NLCS was sponsored by Google Assistant and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Google Assistant.

Austen Williams

Austen Thomas Williams (born December 19, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Brad Peacock

Bradley J. Peacock (born February 2, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Peacock has also played in MLB for the Washington Nationals.

Erick Fedde

Erick James Fedde (born February 25, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at UNLV. He was drafted by the Nationals in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Kenny Williams (baseball)

Kenneth Royal Williams (born April 6, 1964) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and the current Executive Vice President of the Chicago White Sox.

List of Washington Nationals team records

The Washington Nationals are a United States Major League Baseball franchise based in Washington, D.C.

Major league pitchers beating all 30 teams

Since 1998, there have been 30 teams in Major League Baseball (MLB). It is very rare for a pitcher to record a win against every team. In earlier times, two factors made it nearly impossible to defeat all teams in both leagues (even before expansion increased the number to 30):

Before the era of free-agency, in which players are free to move to another team at the end of their contract, a pitcher would play for only a few teams, and could not, of course, win a game against his own team.

Before inter-league play began in June 1997, a pitcher would see only half of the 30 teams in any single season, unless traded to a team in the other league. Even with inter-league play, a pitcher may not have his spot in a typical 5-man rotation match the games in the single 3- or 4-game series against another team, and only a few teams from the other league are played in any season.In any case, defeating all teams is more likely only if a pitcher has a long career. Assuming a top notch pitcher manages to win against every team in a season, it will still only be 19 teams, unless he was traded. It is far more likely that his wins will come against 10 to 12 teams, most of which he has already beaten.

As of August 20, 2017, there have been 18 pitchers who have beaten all 30 teams. The San Francisco Giants are the only franchise with three players who accomplished the feat while on their roster: Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, and Tim Hudson.


As of October 31, 2018, nine active pitchers have defeated 29 teams.

CC Sabathia - has not defeated the Miami Marlins.

Zack Greinke - has not defeated the Kansas City Royals.

Ervin Santana - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ubaldo Jiménez - has not defeated the Colorado Rockies.

Francisco Liriano - has not defeated the Miami Marlins.

J.A. Happ - has not defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Scott Kazmir - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jon Lester - has not defeated the Boston Red Sox.

Edwin Jackson - has not defeated the Atlanta Braves.As of October 31, 2018, eight active pitchers have defeated 28 teams.

Jake Arrieta - has not defeated the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.

Justin Verlander - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

Anibal Sanchez - has not defeated the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.

Cole Hamels - has not defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

Ricky Nolasco - has not defeated the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins.

Wade Miley - has not defeated the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

Charlie Morton - has not defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jason Vargas - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets.As of October 31, 2018, four active pitchers have defeated 27 teams.

Gio González - has not defeated the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals.

Matt Garza - has not defeated the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Rick Porcello - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres.

Ian Kennedy - has not defeated the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.As of October 31, 2018, five active pitchers have defeated 26 teams.

James Shields - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals.

Edinson Vólquez - has not defeated the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Jordan Zimmermann - has not defeated the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals.

Trevor Cahill - has not defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets.

Iván Nova - has not defeated the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Seattle Mariners.

Player to be named later

In Major League Baseball, a player to be named later (PTBNL) is an unnamed player involved in exchange or "trade" of players between teams. The terms of a trade are not finalized until a later date, most often following the conclusion of the season.

Postponing a trade's final conditions or terms is often done for several reasons. First, the team receiving the PTBNL might not be certain which position they want to fill, so this type of deal gives them more time to figure it out. Second, this type of arrangement gives the team receiving the PTBNL more time to evaluate the available talent on the other team. Also, when a trade takes place during August, a player must clear waivers before he can be traded; the PTBNL concept allows the player's original team to make an attempt to have him clear waivers then finalize the deal, or (if the player cannot clear waivers) wait until the end of the season to trade him.

When a PTBNL transaction occurs, the negotiating teams usually agree on a list of five to ten players that the PTBNL will ultimately be chosen from.

The deal must close within six months of the conclusion of the rest of the trade. If the teams can't agree on who the player will be, then they will agree on a price to be paid instead of a player. It is possible that a player could end up being traded for himself, as has happened four times in MLB history.

The PTBNL is generally a minor league player or a journeyman major leaguer. Very few PTBNLs are of known star quality at the time of trade, however some minor league PTBNLs have gone on to be productive in the majors, including: Michael Brantley, Jeremy Bonderman, Scott Podsednik, Coco Crisp, Marco Scutaro, Moisés Alou, Jason Schmidt, Gio González, and David Ortiz.

Tommy Milone

Tomaso Anthony Milone (born February 16, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets.

Warren Spahn Award

The Warren Spahn Award is presented each season by the Oklahoma Sports Museum to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). The award is named after Warren Spahn, who holds the MLB record in wins for a left-handed pitcher with 363. The Warren Spahn Award was created in 1999 by Richard Hendricks, the founder of the Oklahoma Sports Museum, to honor Spahn, who resided in Oklahoma. The award was presented at the Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma until 2009, when the Bricktown Rotary Club became a sponsor of the award. Since 2009, the award is presented at the annual Warren Spahn Award Gala, hosted by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City at the Jim Thorpe Museum every January.The award has been won by eleven different pitchers. The winner is chosen based on rankings, which are based on wins, strikeouts and earned run average. The most recent recipient is Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays. Randy Johnson received the first four awards from 1999 through 2002. He attended the awards ceremony due to his respect for Spahn, who called him personally to ask him to attend. CC Sabathia (2007–2009), Johan Santana (2004, 2006) and Clayton Kershaw (2011, 2013, 2014, 2017) are also multiple Warren Spahn Award winners. Johnson (1999–2002), Santana (2004, 2006), Sabathia (2007) and Kershaw (2011, 2013, 2014) also won the Cy Young Award, given annually to the best pitcher in each league, in years they won the Warren Spahn Award.

Santana (2004, 2006), Sabathia (2007), Kershaw (2011, 2013, 2014) and Keuchel (2015) won the Pitcher of the Year Award, given annually to the most outstanding pitcher in each league, in years they won the Warren Spahn Award.There has been one tie-break in the Warren Spahn Award's history, which occurred when Sabathia defeated the Houston Astros' Wandy Rodríguez to earn his third consecutive award in 2009. The tie-break was decided based on winning percentage.

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