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Arizona Diamondbacks baseball

D'backs to retire 'Gonzo's' No. 20

Luis Gonzalez will be the first Arizona Diamondback to have his number retired.

"Gonzo" will see his No. 20 jersey raised to the rafters of Chase Field during a ceremony Aug. 7.

"It's very humbling to be chosen as the first guy," Gonzalez said in the Arizona Republic. "This organization and the fans in Arizona have meant so much to me that it's kind of overwhelming to have this honor."

It was Gonzales who drove in the winning run in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Yankees.

Gonzales, who played in Arizona for eight seasons, is the team's leader in games (1,194), hits (1,337), home runs (224) and RBIs (774). He now works in the team's front office.

He also played for the Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Tigers and Marlins for a total of 19 seasons.

"We have had a change of heart regarding our policy for retiring uniform numbers and no longer require the players to be members of the Hall of Fame first," Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said Wednesday in a statement, according to mlb.com.

"We have a rich history since our inception, and our players who played a large role in our success deserve recognition. When we announced Gonzo's retirement last season and return to the organization in a front-office capacity, it was clear that a major touch was missing. Paying tribute to our franchise's most popular player is fitting indeed."

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