It’s been an honored offseason for Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez thus far, as he has taken home multiple awards for his defense.
Gonzalez won a Fielding Bible Award, a Wilson Defensive Player Award and a Gold Glove in the past week. He joins Clayton Kershaw as the only Dodgers to have taken home multiple honors for their 2014 seasons.
On Monday, Gonzalez won an even bigger award that is given on a national stage. The 32-year-old won the “Premio Nacional de Deportes” by CONADE in Mexico. It’s a top award in sports in the country and it is the second time that he has won the award. Gonzalez also won in 2011 after one of his best seasons in his career with the Boston Red Sox. Gonzalez has always represented his Mexican heritage, even playing for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013. He was the team captain in 2013.
The government institution gives the award to those that make impacts in their sport and that represent Mexico. Gonzalez is considered the best Mexican player currently in the major leagues. In 2014, he led the league with 116 RBI, while hitting .276 with 41 doubles and 27 home runs. The left-handed slugger was a consistent bat in the middle of the lineup for a Dodger team that won the NL West title for a second straight year. Gonzalez came to Los Angeles as part of a blockbuster trade in August of 2012 and has been one of the more popular players since his arrival.
Gonzalez will be honored with a ceremony in Mexico on December 1.