Posted December 19, 2013

Juan Gonzalez auctioning his 1996 AL MVP award, other memorabilia

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Juan Gonzalez made approximately $87 million over his 16 year career in the majors. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Juan Gonzalez made approximately $87 million over his 16-year career in the majors. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Three-time All-Star Juan Gonzalez, who last played in the majors in 2005 as a member of the Cleveland Indians, is auctioning off his American League MVP Award and other trophies and pieces of memorabilia he collected throughout his 16-year career.

According to the Lelands auction site, his AL MVP award has a bid of $11,000 (as of Thursday morning). He also won the award in 1998 but it’s not up for auction.

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Also included in his collection of awards listed on the site are his Babe Ruth Crown, which was issued to him by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association in 1992; his 1996 and 2001 Silver Slugger Awards; the Roberto Clemente Award he received in 1996; an AL Player of the Month Award; and various used game equipment.

The items from Gonzalez, who made more than $87 million in salary over his MLB career, will remain on auction until Jan. 10. The 44-year-old former outfielder finished with a .295 batting average, 1,936 hits, 434 home runs and 1,404 RBIs.

He made his big league debut in 1989 as a member of the Texas Rangers, spent 10 years with the team, and went on to have stints with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, back to the Rangers in 2003-03, the Kansas City Royals and ultimately played his last game in May 2005 back as a member of the Indians.

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21 comments
kj4027
kj4027

80 million is a lot of money for the average person but he didn't take home 80 million. The IRS probably got about 40%, various state taxes have to be paid, his agent's cut, accountants, lawyers, family members and lastly his own family. 

jooo83
jooo83

Surprised that this article doesn't mention that Gonzalez turned down an 8 year 140 million dollar contract from the Tigers in 2008 because they wouldn't move in the fences. He ended playing another 5 years for around a total of 40 million dollars.

Octavio
Octavio

Why is he selling all this stuff?  I read a lot of people on hear assuming he's broke, but that may not necessarily be the case.


Shoddy reporting.

Michael10
Michael10

An $11,000 bid for the 1996 MVP trophy? C'mon Arod, we know you want it more than that...

CraigMac
CraigMac

So sad that these millionaires can't hold onto their money and have to auction off these items.

Mr. Rooster
Mr. Rooster

Where does it say he went broke?  That trophy is ugly anyways.

RonRichards2014
RonRichards2014

Listen up folks, if you spend everything you earn, you will be broke the rest of your life.

dancluley
dancluley

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"various used game equipment."

Sneeral
Sneeral

This is sad. I hate stories like this.

WTFdude
WTFdude

wow, bad money management. Wonder why he didn't save anything. What did he spent it on???

jberry351
jberry351

@CraigMac And you're basing this on what? You take bad reporting and make it worse by adding your own assumptions.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@stabmasterarson21 @kj4027 Whether he did or didn't have savvy tax lawyers, $80 million is a lot of money to go through.  Why else would he be selling all of this stuff?

rpearlston
rpearlston

@RGeraldSaul @Octavio Folks, save your time and don't click on the link.  It doesn't say a thing about his motivation, other than that it's personal.