PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks @LosDbacks) announced that Eduardo Escobar was named the winner of the 2019 Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks @LosDbacks) announced that Eduardo Escobar was named the winner of the 2019 Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members.
Escobar will be presented the award by Gonzalez during a ceremony prior to tomorrow’s game.
“Eduardo Escobar has a true passion for helping make his community a better place,” said Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. “This year he focused on providing education for underprivileged kids and made sure he was able to visit kids at various schools every chance he could. He really stepped up and has set an incredible example amongst all of his teammates.”
Escobar leads the D-backs in home runs, RBI and triples in 2019, hitting .271 with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 35 home runs and 118 RBI in his first full season with the club. His 10 triples are the most in the National League, while his 118 RBI are tied for third and are the most by a NL switch-hitter since Lance Berkman/HOU (136) in 2006.
Growing up in Maracay, Venezuela Escobar knows first-hand about youth going days without food and the limited educational opportunities prevalent throughout that region and is what fueled his passion for helping provide education to underprivileged youth throughout the Valley. In the same week he was named the National League Player of the Week in April, he delivered baseball gloves and played ball with the students of Valencia Newcomer School, a specialized school for children who have relocated and settled in the U.S. from all over the world.
Escobar also visited baseball and softball players at North High School forging relationships with the students as they bonded over similar childhood challenges and treated them to a dinner as well as invited them to join him for a D-backs game, including watching batting practice on the field. Escobar also has made frequent visits to local schools delivering school supplies and delivered toys, video games, D-backs hats and more to the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Boys & Girls Club.
One of the most popular figures in Arizona Diamondbacks history because of the way he interacted with fans and his game-winning single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the organization its first world championship, Gonzalez became the first former player to have his number retired by the D-backs during a pregame ceremony in 2010.
LUIS GONZALEZ AWARD WINNERS
2015 Paul Goldschmidt
2016 Chris Owings
2017 Paul Goldschmidt
2018 Paul Goldschmidt
2019 Eduardo Escobar