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September 1, 2011

Gonzalez says his goodbyes after trade

We only got to see Michael Gonzalez in the clubhouse for about a half-hour after he was traded to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon. His locker was already packed up when the doors opened at 3:30 p.m., so he chatted with reporters and exchanged goodbyes with his former teammates.

When I was watching, he got hugs from a couple of fellow relievers and traded phone numbers with shortstop J.J. Hardy. Alfredo Simon, who has a close bond with Gonzalez, lingered by the lefty’s locker for a few minutes and was visibly bummed out about his friend's being traded.

“He was a really good friend of mine and helped me a lot,” Simon told my Baltimore Sun colleague Dan Connolly. “I feel like I am sad, but that is baseball, you have to handle things. Sometimes things, trades, happen.”

Simon, whose legal issues in the Dominican Republic have been well-documented on this blog, said he might stay with Gonzalez in Texas — that’s where Gonzo is from — for a while this offseason.

Gonzalez’s time with the Orioles was a roller-coaster ride, one with many dips and a few peaks, including his current stretch of 13 consecutive scoreless appearances that dates to July 22.

Simon, a stocky starter who knows a thing or two about facing adversity, will be pulling for Gonzalez now that he is leaving Baltimore for the playoff chase in the American League West.

“I just hope he does good over there and he has good luck over there and keeps his head up,” he said.

Posted by Matt Vensel at 6:00 AM | | Comments (8)


I'm sure Simon is not the only one sad he is leaving.....the Red Sox, Yankees Rays and Blue Jays are sad also.

The only problem now is Guerrero. Do you let him continue as DH, knowing he's gone in a month? Or do you use the DH spot to spell off a few players, like, say, Jones or Markakis or even Reynolds, while giving young players with a (possible) future -- Hudson, Angle, Mahoney immediately come to mind -- a chance to show what they can do? What's to be gained from keeping him in the lineup? A win or two... at most... probably less...

Orioles' players normally watch the playoffs from a Sony anyway, so now Alfredo will have reason to turn on the volume, too.

Adios 'Rockin Gonzo".Plz. take 1/2 of the O's bullpen with you! Hope you don't fall off the mound too often in Texas and keep that protruded "macho" hanging lip thing.
.Don't forget to serve up the O's some "fat ones" when you face 'em.

he finally starts earning his keep . . . and we trade him.

It showed a lot of character, determination, and perseverance to battle back from a rough start.
The mark of an athlete.
He has been pitching in top form which makes for a great story line.
It's good to see any Oriole with a shot at a championship and World Series.
Now go help the Rangers beat the Red Sox or Yankees, Gonzo!

And the Pitcher-in and Pitcher out merry-go-around continues....

Next up?

Watching Mikey Gonzalez pitch for the Orioles was enough to make a grown man cry. I wasn't crying on the outside, but I sure as hell was bawling like a baby on the inside. The man was Michigan J. Frog personified. No pressure, no sweat. Maximum pressure, croak job.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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