Former Arizona Diamondback Luis Gonzalez falls short in Hall of Fame bid

Jan 8, 2014, 7:19 PM | Updated: 7:23 pm

Luis Gonzalez’s first attempt to make it into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame fell short Wednesday.

The former Diamondback earned just five votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America, which amounts to .9 percent. It takes 75 percent of the votes to be inducted.

Gonzalez’s MLB career spanned 19 seasons and saw him play for six different teams, though his best years were in Arizona with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2005.

With Arizona, Gonzalez hit .298 while mashing 224 home runs and tallying 774 RBI. His best year came in 2001, as he hit .325 with 57 home runs and 142 RBI on the way to leading the D-backs to a World Series title. The left fielder finished third in the NL MVP voting that season.

A five-time All-Star, Gonzalez also won a Silver Slugger award in 2001. He retired as a player following the 2008 season, and is currently working in the Diamondbacks’ front office.

The only players to receive enough votes this year were Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.

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