Adrian Gonzalez wants to play Olympic Baseball

Adrian Gonzalez wants to play Olympic Baseball
26/08/2020
Gonzalez represented Mexico in four editions of the World Baseball Classic. His older brother Edgar and his father David Sr also played for the 'tricolores'.

Former MLB All-Star Adrian Gonzalez has declared his intentions to play for Mexico at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year.

Speaking to Los Angeles' ABC7 on Tuesday, Gonzalez, 38, said that he wants to play one final tournament for the tricolores: the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the Summer of 2021.

He said that the baseball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics "is something that I can put on that bucket list. And not a lot of people in baseball will ever have that experience."

Mexico qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by finishing as the top team from the Americas at last year's Premier 12, where they finished third.

The duel US-Mexican citizen has represented Mexico in four editions of the World Baseball Classic and was a Major League Baseball (MLB) superstar from 2004 to 2018. He appeared in 1,929 games for five different organizations (Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets). He has 2,050 career hits (batting average .287), 317 home runs and 1,202 runs batted in. He appeared in five All-Star Games. He played first base and earned four Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards at the position.

He is now working as a television analyst.

Adrian Sabin Gonzalez was born in the United States (San Diego, California) in 1982.

His older brother Edgar also played for Mexico and was the National Team manager during the World Baseball Classic 2017 and is now a consultant for baseball development for the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Their father David also played internationally for Mexico in the 1980s.