Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has passed away after being involved in a traffic accident in Havana, according to reports from Francys Romero of CiberCuba.com and Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. The Phillies organization has confirmed the loss of Gonzalez, who was just 34 years of age.
Gonzalez was one of several accomplished Cuban players to sign significant contracts with major league organizations in recent years. Like many of his countrymen, he underwent a harrowing process to chase his dreams, ultimately joining the Phillies on a three-year contract.
Unfortunately, things did not go quite as hoped from an on-field perspective. Gonzalez, whose original $48MM contract value was quartered after a physical revealed health concerns, did briefly reach the majors. But he was not able to establish himself at the game’s highest level, due in part to those same arm problems.
Still, Gonzalez’s legacy is secure, as he is regarded as one of the best starting pitchers of his generation from his home nation. MLBTR extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, including those in the baseball community.