Saturday, December 11, 2010

E-GON TOSSES FIRST PITCH AT LIGA OLMECA OPENER

Former major league second baseman Edgar Gonzalez was the honored guest on December 4 as the Liga Olmeca youth baseball organization celebrated the opening of the 2010-11 season in Mexico City. Brother Adrian Gonzalez, who was scheduled to join him, had to miss the event to report to Boston waiting for his trade from San Diego to the Red Sox to be finalized.

This winter marks the 48th campaign for the Liga Olmeca, which was begun in 1963 and has evolved into one of Mexico’s strongest organizations for young baseball players. Gonzales is pictured tossing out the ceremonial first pitch with Yankees scout and longtime family friend Carlos Fragoso to his right. Fragoso is godfather to both brothers.

The 32-year-old Gonzalez, son of former Mexican National Team player David and brother of Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian, was born in San Diego but spent several years growing up across the border in Tijuana. He played alongside Adrian in the Padres infield in both 2008 and 2009, batting .255 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs before signing on with Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, where he hit .263 with 12 homers in 2010. He is reportedly being considered for offers from Oakland and Colorado, and will bypass playing this winter as usual for Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League.

“E-Gon” also helps manage his family’s Gonzalez Sports Academy in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, whose baseball instructors include both Gonzalez brothers and Padres catcher Nick Hundley.