Thursday, February 2, 2012

King Cesar re-writes record book

Gonzalez finishes up historic season

There was little doubt when Fargo signed Cesar Gonzalez as an international free agent in season 13 that the slugging first baseman was going to be very good. But, this good? The Dirtbags' All-Star and likely NL MVP put his name all over The Bigs record book with a historic season 16 which saw him belt a record-breaking 71 homeruns and 209 RBI while registering 222 hits (third highest single-season total ever).

He wasn't just a slugger this season either. Gonzalez tied for the major league lead in runs scored with 137, finished third in the majors with a .332 batting average, and eighth in the NL in on base percentage while playing in all 162 of Fargo's games this season -- something he's accomplished two consecutive seasons now.

Gonzalez bypassed the old single-season homerun mark of 69 set by Bob Koplove in season 6 and completely obliterated the old RBI mark of 182 set by King Winn in season 4. Time will tell if anyone will challenge Cesar's homerun standard anytime soon but it's probably safe to say that the RBI record will remain his for a very long time. 

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