One of the most feared first basemen in Major League Baseball will be suiting up for Mexico during the World Baseball Classic–Adrian Gonzalez. The Mexican team gets underway on Thursday, March 7 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ari. Mexico will face the United States, Italy and Canada in a tough Pool D, during the first round.
After spending only one full season with the Boston Red Sox, Gonzalez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a ‘mega-trade’ that also included, starting pitcher, Josh Beckett and, outfielder, Carl Crawford.
Gonzalez is following the footsteps of his father, who also played for the Mexican national baseball team. This marks his third trip to the WBC. Gonzalez also participated in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics. The highest Gonzalez and Mexico have finished was sixth in the 2006 WBC.
The 30-year-old is the by far the best offensive player on team Mexico. Ramiro Pena, Gil Velazquez, Jorge Cantu and his brother Edgar Gonzalez will join him in the Mexican infield. After Gonzalez in the lineup, it falls off drastically. In order for Mexico to make a long run, someone else will also need to step up.
Although, the former first round pick, hasn’t got things going during Dodgers spring training, Gonzalez’s experience in the major leagues, as well as his three trips to the WBC will be a welcome sight on the Mexican team.
Team Mexico will face Italy in game one on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET and USA in game two on Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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