Top Ten Dodger Villains-9. Cargo
By Scott Andes
Our next top ten will focus on the ten most villainous opposing players of all time. These are the guys that you loved to hate. These were public enemies #1. Enemies of Dodger Blue. The worst of the worst. The bad guys. The guys that ruined Many a Dodger win. Some even ruined entire playoff series, or worse. These are the most loathsome Dodger enemies of all time. Some were hitters, some were pitchers, but all were absolutely horrible. Let’s count them down and remember all of the reasons why we hate their guts. From hell’s heart we stab at thee! I present to you, the number nine Dodger villain of all time, outfielder….
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Our next top ten Villain is someone who has been bothering us for quite a while now. Raise your hand if you’re sick of Cargo. I expect the entire Dodger fam and internet to raise their collective hands. Yes, Carlos Gonzalez, better known by his nickname of Cargo has been giving it to the Dodgers for years now. And it appears there may be no stopping him. What’s even worse is he resides within our own division. We have to see him 19 games per season. Egods man.
The most annoying thing is that Cargo wasn’t even supposed to be on the Rockies. He was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Arizona Dbacks. Man, can you imagine Cargo on the Snakes? Ughhh, that’s a nauseating thought. Thankfully, the Snakes trade away all of their good players, and he was flipped to the Oakland A’s along with a group of mediocre players. Alongside Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham, (who wound up in San Diego I believe), Greg Smith, and former Dodger Dana Eveland. Arizona received New Dodger Dan Haren, and Connor Robertson in the deal.
The 28-year-old outfielder was traded once again in the winter of 2007, this time to Colorado along with Huston Street, and Smith for Matt Holliday.
The all-star outfielder has played all but 85 games with Colorado during his six year career. He has quickly become one of the better outfielders and hitters in the National League. Cargo is a two-time all-star, and three-time gold glove winner. In 2010 Cargo finished third in the NL MVP voting by winning the batting title with a .336 batting average. That season he hit 34 home runs, drove in 117 runs, stole 26 bases, and collected 197 hits. His 351 total bases led the league.
Cargo followed that breakout season with three more solid years of his own, putting up averages of .295, and .303, .302 respectively. Cargo has hit at least 22 home runs every season since 2010. Playing half of his games in Coors Field helps, but this guy is still a talented player. Last season Cargo batted .302 with an OPS of .958. He belted 26 home runs, and drove in 70 runs while playing in 110 games.
What he has done against the Dodgers over the years is just insane. It should be criminally wrong in my opinion. Cargo is hitting .311 at Dodger Stadium. His career slash line at Chavez Ravine is a ridiculous .311/.413/.466, with three home runs in 126 plate appearances. Against the Dodgers in his career, Cargo is hitting .349/.433/.624 with 15 home runs, and 51 runs driven in. In 270 plate appearances, Cargo has posted a career 1.058 OPS against the Dodgers.
Cargo continued to bludgeon Dodger pitching in 2013. During last season, Cargo hit a mind-boggling .417 (10 for 24) at Dodger Stadium. All total Cargo batted .341 against the Dodgers in 2013, with four home runs in 53 plate appearances and 15 games. The left handed hitting outfielder has always had a sweet powerful fluid swing, and a strong throwing arm. those are the tools he’s used to annoy Dodger fans for the last five or six years.
This countdown isn’t about one particular painful moment or home run that did the Dodgers in. It’s about the players who have consistently over the course of many years done the Dodgers wrong. The forever irritating Cargo is signed with Colorado through 2017 for 80 million dollars. So I’m afraid he won’t be going anywhere. Go away Cargo, go far far away.