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THIS DAY IN BÉISBOL July 14: Shortstops Alex Gonzalez, Yunel Escobar swapped for each other

It wasn’t apparent at the time, but the Braves would eventually get the short end of a shortstop trade with the Blue Jays.

On this day in béisbol, July 14, 2010, Atlanta sent shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to Toronto for shortstop Alex Gonzalez and two minor leaguers. 

Gonzalez, a former all-star from Venezuela, had hit 17 homers with 50 RBI in 85 games but tailed off with the Braves, hitting 6 HR with 38 RBI in 72 games.

Escobar, from Havana, Cuba, hit .238 with zero homers and 19 RBI with Atlanta, but slammed 4 home runs and hits a solid .275 with the Blue Jays.

Also on this day: Ramon Martinez, aka Pedro’s big brother, no-hit the Florida Marlins, 7-0, in 1995. The L.A. Dodgers pitcher had a perfect game into the seventh before walking a batter with one out.

— Robert Dominguez

Robert Dominguez is co-author of “Bronx Bummers: The Unofficial History of the New York Yankees’ Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls” and writer of the upcoming “El Salón: The Trials and Triumphs of Baseball’s Latino Hall of Famers.”

rdominguez@latinobaseball.com

Photo: John W. Iwanski – Under Creative Commons License

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