A tearful Luis Gonzalez announced his retirement as a player Saturday and joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special assistant in the front office.
“Obviously, when you’re a professional athlete, it’s tough to close a book on something that you love to do,” Gonzalez, who turns 42 on Thursday, said at a news conference in Phoenix. “But at the same time, it’s a new beginning for myself, for my family.”
In his new role, Gonzalez will assist Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall and other departments throughout the organization.
“Whatever they ask me to do, I’m open and willing to do that,” Gonzalez said. “I have a strong passion for this game.”
The most popular player in the franchise’s 12-year history, “Gonzo” will always be remembered for hitting the winning bloop single off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series — still Arizona’s only major sports championship.
Wright ready to come back
David Wright is ready to get back on the field with the New York Mets, two weeks after he was hit in the helmet by a fastball from San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain.
Wright, on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion, is expected to be activated Tuesday.
The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list, clearing a roster spot for left-hander Wade LeBlanc. … The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Chris Young and placed catcher Chris Snyder on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain. … Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano got an MRI and manager Lou Piniella said there’s a good possibility he will need an injection to treat inflammation in his left knee. … The Tampa Bay Rays have activated second baseman Akinori Iwamura from the 60-day disabled list. … The Boston Red Sox obtained minor league outfielder Joey Gathright from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named or cash. … Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner missed Saturday’s game against the Orioles with soreness in his left shoulder, an injury that could keep him sidelined for several days. … Tim Wakefield’s balky back is acting up again, forcing the Boston Red Sox to scratch him from his next scheduled start.