Adrian Gonzalez turns 35-years-old today.
One of the greatest hitters of the last decade, Gonzalez has been a major asset to the Dodgers’ four-year division title run.
Miami selected Gonzalez first overall in the 2000 draft, though he never played for the Marlins. Before L.A., Gonzalez suited up for Texas, San Diego and Boston.
He’s become a Dodgers fan favorite since being acquired in a massive salary dump from the Red Sox. New Los Angeles ownership took on Josh Beckett’s and Carl Crawford’s salaries with Gonzalez as the reward.
Gonzalez will have plenty of time to celebrate: He’s on the disabled list for the first time in his storied 14-year career. He fought off the urge to accept a DL stint in April, but elbow soreness eventually forced the issue.
Despite years of success, Gonzalez’s run in L.A. is approaching the finish line. He’s signed for two more seasons, and heir apparent Cody Bellinger has arrived to Dodger Stadium with a bang.
While Gonzalez is no longer a middle-of-the-order threat, he’s still a steady presence in the clubhouse. He’ll be remembered as one of the most potent offensive players in Dodger history.
There is no estimation as to when Gonzalez will return.