Luis Gonzalez eligible for National Baseball Hall of Fame

PHOENIX - One of the most popular players in Diamondbacks history is close to being eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

It will be the first year of eligibility for Luis Gonzalez who retired after the 2009 season.

According to a Diamondbacks press release, Gonzalez is one of only 19 players in Major League history to get at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI.

Gonzalez played 19 years in the majors with teams that included the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The five-time All-Star became the first former player to have his number retired by the D-backs at a pre-game ceremony on August 7, 2010.

Gonzalez has become one of the most popular figures with the Diamondbacks because of the way he interacted with fans and his game-winning single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the D-backs its first World Championship, according to the press release.

He currently is in his fourth season as a Special Assistant to D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall.

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