Dodgers' Gonzalez Wins Mexico's Male Player of the Year Award

Baseball players are usually an afterthought in the U.S. but that's clearly not the case in Mexico

My apologies to Adrian Gonzalez.

On Tuesday, I wrote how the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman won his fourth Gold Glove Award.

What I failed to mention is that he won a more prestigious honor in his homeland of Mexico.

Heck, the Mexican government organization that's responsible for the award even tweeted about it:

El beisbolista Adrián González recibirá el Premio Nacional de Deportes 2014 #PND2014, categoría Deporte Profesional pic.twitter.com/e95R4uEVof
— CONADE (@CONADE) November 3, 2014

But, I don't follow them, so I didn't see it (lo siento). Even if I did, my Spanish is not good enough to decipher what it means anyway.

Luckily, the Dodgers' twitter feed saved me.

He's not stopping with the Gold Glove. Adrian Gonzalez also earns top Mexico sports award. http://t.co/ZAoDk2UX3S pic.twitter.com/lrQVsgJXkk
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 5, 2014

"It’s basically male athlete of the year for any sport in Mexico," Gonzalez told the Dodgers MLB.com blog.

He'll receive his award from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the president's official residence during a ceremony Dec. 1.

Gonzalez won the award once before in 2011 but says he had to miss the ceremony to attend the birth of his first daughter.

The 32-year-old is openly proud of his Mexican roots. Although he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez's parents are both Mexican born and he played for the Mexican National Team in the World Baseball Classic in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

OTHER NOTES:

- Gonzalez and Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe were both named Wilson and Major League Baseball's defensive player of the year winners, Wednesday, for their respective positions.

- Clayton Kershaw is officially a finalist for both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards.

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