Adrian Gonzalez was the first overall pick of the 2000 draft; he was selected by the Marlins and was the first infielder chosen No. 1 since Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He suffered a wrist injury that Florida felt would hinder his swing, and thus was included in a trade with Texas, along with Will Smith and Ryan Snare, for ex-Red Sox reliever Ugueth Urbina on July 11, 2003.
Gonzalez broke into the major leagues with the Rangers in 2004 at the age of 22. Heading into the '04 season, he was ranked as the 52nd-best prospect in the minors by Baseball America. He hit his first major-league home run on April 25 against future Red Sox pitcher Kevin Jarvis, then of the Seattle Mariners, in Arlington.
2004 MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS
HOME RUNS: 1
BATTING AVERAGE: .238
ON-BASE PERCENTAGE: .273
SLUGGING PERCENTAGE: .381
OPS : 63
Stats courtesy baseball-reference.com. Photos courtesy of AP Images.
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A look at David Ortiz, who emerged in 2003 from a platoon player to a developing force with the Red Sox.
This week’s Sports Illustrated has been guest-edited by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who is also featured on the New England regional cover with the headline “Designated Editor: Before He Retires Big Papi Takes Over SI.”
The cover shot is Ortiz stepping out of the dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by his teammates and fans. In the issue, SI's Tim Verducci has an in-depth, candid Q&A with Ortiz on a range of topics in which Big Papi doesn’t shy away from questions about PEDs, his proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments.
This is the first time in the magazine's 62-year history that an athlete has guest-edited an issue. Ortiz was able to select the stories, including one on his friend, new Celtics free agent acquisition Al Horford, which explores the brotherhood of Dominican athletes beyond their major league dominance. Ortiz asked SI to look into what’s going on at Patriots headquarters, where his favorite NFL team is off to a 3–0 start. He called for an opus on Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose life was tragically cut short last weekend, and who will have a lasting impact on those he touched. Finally, Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night, and writer Michael Schur pay their respects to Ortiz.