Jose Rafael Gonzalez Gutierrez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 196 lb.
- Debut September 2, 1985
- Final Game July 30, 1992
- Born November 23, 1964 in Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, D.R.
Outfielder Jose Gonzalez was signed for the Los Angeles Dodgers by scout Rafael Avila on August 12, 1980. He spent most of his eight-year major league career playing for the Dodgers. Always a back-up, his busiest years in the majors were in 1989 when he had 261 at-bats in 95 games and in 1990 when he had 99 at-bats in 106 games.
He was 20 years old when he broke into the majors in 1985 with a division-winning Dodgers team (he did not appear in post-season play), and was 23 in 1988 when he appeared in the 1988 World Series with the Dodgers. His last season in the majors was at age 27.
While he was still a minor leaguer, there was another prospect named Jose Gonzalez, an infielder in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. His namesake decided to change his playing name to José Uribe after the 1984 season, using his mother's last name, in order to avoid possible confusion between the two.