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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Marvin Gonzalez Says Goodbye To New York Yankees And Heads To Baseball In Japan

Marvin Gonzalez joins a battalion of Venezuelans living in baseball in Japan.

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The New York Yankees lost a piece that was gaining prominence during the 2022 Major League season and that generated some intrigue when the best baseball team in the world won’t be renewed for its 2023 campaign.

This is Venezuelan utility Marvin Gonzalez, who accepted an offer from the Orix Buffaloes of the Japan Professional Baseball League (NPB). And he will join a long list of Venezuelans who make a living in Asian baseball after not being able to make it to MLB.

the way Gonzalez retired from the majors after 11 years in which he defended various uniforms. As one of the most complete pieces of the roster he was in; Now he has joined the defending champions of Japanese baseball in maintaining their high level of play.

The information was released by the official MLB.com portal, where they confirmed the departure of the player who was part of the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

Venezuelan utility records its best ever season in 2017, when he became a fundamental part of the Astros winning their first World Series title in franchise history; That year, he had a .303 average with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in the regular season.

According to Heyman, Oryx Buffaloes offer Gonzalez $1.5M guaranteed contract signing him and thus being able to pass on knowledge to a team made up mainly of young players.

It is speculated that the 33-year-old González aims to end his career in Japanese baseball, a league in which more and more Venezuelans make this decision as they are taken into consideration by their teams and in most cases end up Figures of great weight in their clubs.

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