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.
“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 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.