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December 06, 2010



I don't think a comparison of Gonzalez and Renteria applies. Renteria was never THE guy on a team before. He was always just one guy in a crowd, maybe the 4th or 5th best hitter on a small market or midmarket team. He was never really in the spotlight.

Gonzalez has been THE guy in San Diego for four or five years. He has been the face of the franchise, the best hitter, the best player San Diego has had for years.

I think Gonzalez is used to being in the spotlight, even if that spotlight doesn't run as hot in San Diego as it does in Boston. Besides, he's not going to be carrying this offense like he had to do with the Padres. He'll be hitting between Youkilis and Ortiz, with Ellsbury and Pedroia setting the table. I think he'll thrive in a lineup like that.

Also, it's worth mentioning just how huge an advantage it is for him to move from San Diego to Fenway. Over the last three years Gonzalez has hit .257 at home with 37 total home runs. In that same period on the road he's hit .310 with 70 home runs. Clearly hitting in a pitchers park has held his numbers back. What do you think his overall numbers would look like if he'd been hitting in fenway the last few years? With road numbers like that, he's pretty fearsome. If he played all his games on the road these last three years, those stats would project out to 46 HRs per season. I think that's what his potential is with 81 games in Fenway next season.

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