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The Power of Juan
Jeff Pearlman
September 03, 2001
After a miserable season in Detroit, Juan Gonzalez has gone gaga over Cleveland, where he has hit it big for the division-leading Indians
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September 03, 2001

The Power Of Juan

After a miserable season in Detroit, Juan Gonzalez has gone gaga over Cleveland, where he has hit it big for the division-leading Indians

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Gonzalez's future, however, is some what murky. Cleveland assistant general manager Mark Shapiro, who will take over for Hart at season's end, says he wants Gonzalez to return in 2002, but the Indians' payroll is $90 million, and ownership wants that figure reduced next year. Gonzalez will be a prize catch this coming winter, almost certain to become a member of the $15 million-plus-per-season club. "This is the best year I have had in my career," says Gonzalez. "The most happy. The most exciting. The best fans. I am healthy. I am strong. There are many factors to where I play next year. Business is one, but so is fun."

Twenty-one floors below, the midday rush is on. People zigging. People zagging. Gonzalez, above it all, is smiling. "This," he says, "has been fun."

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