Gonzo joins Diamondbacks' front office

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PHOENIX -- A teary Luis Gonzalez announced his retirement as a player Saturday and rejoined the Arizona Diamondbacks as special assistant to the front office.

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Uncut: Brad Cesmat goes one-on-one with Gonzo - azfamily.com's Brad Cesmat goes one-on-one with Luis Gonzalez (aka Gonzo) about his decision to retire as a player and what comes next.

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"Gonzo" will assist Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall and other departments throughout the organization in his new role.

Gonzalez -- who will turn 42 on Thursday -- played for Arizona from 1999-2006 and is best known for his Game 7 ninth-inning RBI single that beat the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

He is Arizona's leader in home runs (224), RBIs (774), runs (780), hits (1,337), doubles (310), on-base percentage (.391) and slugging percentage (.529).

No player has worn Gonzalez's No. 20 since he left the Diamondbacks and team officials say it could be retired in the future.

Gonzalez was with the Florida Marlins in 2008 and had 354 career home runs and 2,591 hits. The five-time All Star also played for the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers in an 18-year career.

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