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Greatest 21 Days

Position: OF      Born: Sep 3, 1967      Bats: Left      Throws: Right

Luis Gonzalez was selected in the fourth round of the 1988 Summer Draft and became a key part of the team's rebuilding process in the early Nineties. Gonzalez was a good fielder, had good speed, and hit .280 with moderate power.

Good at everything but great at nothing, he was one of the most underrated Astros during his stay with Houston. In two stints with the Astros, "Gonzo" batted .266 and hit 62 homers. His best year in Houston was 1993 when he hit .300 with 15 homers and 72 RBIs.

Gonzalez was traded to the Cubs in 1995 for catcher Rick Wilkins but returned to Houston in 1997 for one year. After a year with the Tigers, he went to Arizona in 1999 and quickly became a slugging superstar. An All-Star in 1999 and 2001, Gonzalez peaked in 2001 with 57 homers, 142 RBI and a .325 average. He also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series.