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Baseball Fans, Meet Adrian Gonzalez: A Star Rising

He is pleased to meet you, baseball fan.

He obviously figures you must need the introduction, since not many of you caught him this spring representing Mexico in the WBC, nor have his major league-leading 20 home runs given him enough recognition to help him crack the top five in the NL first baseman All-Star ballot.

Oh, he's in the top 10 in walks, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS in the NL too.

One-hit wonder, you say? Nonsense. Adrian's been consistently brilliant for a while now.

Gonzalez is only in his fourth full season in the bigs, and in that span he's never hit below .279, 24 HR, and 82 RBI. In fact, from 2006-08, Adrian's 100 dingers and 301 RBI average out to 33 HR and 100 RBI per year.

If you didn't know better, you'd guess there was a vac...

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