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Larry "Pussy" Goguen, Outfield

Inducted into FOBL Hall of Fame: 2019

Drafted in the first round (1st overall) by the Dakota Roughriders in 2002.

Virginia Woodchucks (2004-2006, 2009)
Dakota Roughriders (2007-2008)
Orono Bear Brewers (2009-2011)
Capital City Metropolitans (2012-2013)
Wichita Tumbleweeds (2014-2017)
Utica Wombats (2017)

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Career:
14 seasons, .317 BA, .932 OPS, 473 HR, 242 SB

Best season:
2007: .331 BA, 54 HR, 150 RBI

Awards:
GL Rookie of the Year 2004
VL Most Valuable Player 2007
VL Silver Slugger 2010
All-FOBL First Team 2007-2010, 2014, 2016, 2017
All-FOBL Second Team 2015
All-Star Team 2004, 2008-2011, 2013-2015, 2017

Outfielder Larry Goguen has the distinction of being the first player selected in FOBL Amateur Draft history, going number one to the Dakota Roughriders in the winter of 2002. Interestingly, the pick was acquired by Dakota from Trenton in exchange for the second overall pick in the same draft (a pick which turned out to be eventual six-time MVP 2B John Johnson).

After a scant two seasons in the Dakota farm system, Goguen was traded to the Virginia Woodchucks in what can only be explained as one of the most puzzling trades in league history. Virginia Owner and GM-for-Life Subby tells it this way:

"STK called me late one Saturday night, obviously drunk, obviously depressed. He said he needed to make a big trade to validate his existence on earth and who was I to say no?"

Goguen led the Woodchucks to their first Solecismic title the very next season (2004) and garnered rookie of the year honors along the way. The bloom was off the rose quickly however and after a incredibly disappointing 2006, Goguen was shipped off to the VL (Columbus) in exchange for a package of prospects including legendary OF Newton "Hammer" Smith.

Goguen's legend took flight in the VL. After a weekend layover in Columbus, Goguen returned to Dakota via trade in 2007 and earned his only MVP award and the first of seven first team All-FOBL nods.

Goguen received his first free agent contract in 2009 ($45.9 million over three years, the richest in history to that point) from the Minnesota Windchill, but was traded that offseason to a Virginia franchise looking for a return of the magic Goguen had brought in 2004. Things quickly soured in Virginia however and as Goguen tailed, Virginia bailed, sending him back to the VL (Orono) for aging vet Roy Lamp and a cadre of minor league players.

This marked one of the first times in FOBL that shedding a superstar player's contract proved to be of such value that it eclipsed even that player's talent or potential (a phenomenon spurred by new free agent financial rules implemented several seasons prior).

Goguen went on to star for the Orono Bear Brewers, garnering a Silver Slugger nod in 2010, but was allowed to walk via free agency in 2011. At 31 years of age, he signed the richest contract of his career, $53.3 million for three years.

2011 also marked a return to the playoffs for the outfielder, the first season of a five year run that ended with the Wichita Tumbleweeds in 2016. During that stretch he came closest to earning another ring in 2015, the year Wichita lost the championship series in seven games to the Utica Wombats (a series many consider the most thrilling Solecismic Series in league history). 2015 was also Goguen's best post-season, as he hit .366 with a .732 slugging pct. in 13 games.

Goguen was on the move again, however, when Wichita traded his rights to the Utica Wombats midway thorugh the 2017 season. Goguen put up solid numbers for the 'Bats during the second half of '17 and was a hot topic of free agent discussion during the 2018 offseason.

Goguen suprised everyone, however, by retiring that off-season (and leaving millions of dollars on the table) at the young age of 36. By all accounts, the hall of famer still had a good two or three seasons in him, but according to him, it was time.

"I am one of the lucky ones. I get to leave the game on my terms and can say that I never, even once, gave less to this game than I thought I was capable of giving. Thank you, baseball."