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Alberto Gonzalez is unhappy with role, delusional about ability

Oct 25, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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Alberto Gonzalez started 71 games for the Nationals last season and hit just .265/.299/.351 in 316 total plate appearances, so this year they moved him into more of a bench role and he hit even worse, batting .247/.277/.301 in 198 plate appearances.

Normally a 27-year-old with a career OPS of .623 and back-to-back terrible seasons would be happy with whatever role he can get in the big leagues, but Gonzalez made it very clear during a recent interview in Venezuela that he’s unhappy being a utility man for the Nationals.

Ben Goessling of did some translating and came up with this excerpt from the interview:

Utility is not going to be me. I want to be is entitled to second base or shortstop, but they are things that one should take it easy. I am young, yet I have time, I have a career ahead and I should not despair. Simply, if they do not give me these positions, you have to accept and expect what they will do me for next year. I come to think of moving to another team, but the Nationals do not want change because for them I’m a good player because I can take any position for my defense. I hope it’s what God wants, whether in Washington or any other.

I don’t want to be too critical of Gonzalez here, in part because I’m sure what he said loses plenty in translation, but Goessling also writes that he “heard a few rumblings earlier this season about Gonzalez chafing at a lack of playing time.” When you can’t crack the starting lineup on a last-place team and have one of the worst career OPS totals among all active players … well, the last thing you ought to be doing is complaining about your role.

  1. willmose - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Good players want to play.

  2. Jonny 5 - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I don’t know about his translation, but this is what i got out of it….

    Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true, jerry lee lewis was the devil. jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet. all of a sudden, I found myself in love with the there was only one thing that I could do. was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long.

  3. Utley's Hair - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Dear God. It sounds like McCarebear translated this from Spanish into whatever the hell language he speaks.

  4. Adam - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Technically he’s right in saying that he performs better when he’s in an every day role. Unfortunately he fails to realize that his performance in an every day role still makes him awful.

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