Adrian Gonzalez wins prestigious award in Mexico.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received the “Premio Nacional del Deporte,” a national sports award presented by Mexico’s La Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (CONADE).

Gonzalez, who was born in San Diego and spent much of his childhood in Mexico, also won the award in 2011.

Adrian Gonzalez

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez represented Mexico at three World Baseball Classics. (Getty Images)

“It’s the biggest sports award you can receive in Mexico,” Gonzalez explained by telephone Tuesday night. “It’s given by the President. It’s the male athlete of the year in Mexico. It’s a great award. I’m excited.

“The only other time I’ve gotten the award was in 2011. I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony because it was the day after my first daughter was born.”

Gonzalez will be recognized in an awards presentation Dec. 1 by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, at his official residence (Los Pinos) located in the Bosque de Chapultepec in central Mexico City.

Gonzalez was voted on to receive this award based on his 2014 regular season success, which also led him to receive a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award this week.

Gonzalez led the Majors with 116 RBI while batting .276 and leading the Dodgers with 41 doubles (3rd, NL) and 27 home runs (6th, NL) in 159 games.

Gonzalez has represented Mexico three times in the World Baseball Classic (2006, 2009 and 2013) and served as team captain in 2013.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.