Edgar Gonzalez to possibly skip the WBC …
I just talked to infielder Edgar Gonzalez and he said he’s trying to figure out if he’s going to be playing for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Here’s a few graphs from a story that will be posted later on Padres.com.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Edgar Gonzalez is torn between playing for his native Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic and staying put in Peoria to train with the Padres in March.
Gonzalez, the older brother of Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, said Wednesday that he is considering skipping playing for Mexico is he’s not assured of a starting job playing second base.
“I want to be assured of reasonable at-bats because I need them to get ready for when I come back [to Spring Training],” Gonzalez said. “If I’m over there sitting on the bench, that doesn’t help me.”
Gonzalez said he has already had one conversation with Team Mexico manager Vinny Castilla about the situation and was told that “he [Castilla] was going to figure out who exactly is playing and that he would get back to me.”
The deadline for official rosters is Feb. 24, though Gonzalez hopes to hear from Castilla by Feb. 21. Gonzalez is hopeful Castilla calls with good news.
“I want to represent my country and this only happens every four years. It’s a big thing for everyone in Mexico. I would love to play. But if not … I’ll gladly stay here and have fun,” said Gonzalez, who represented Mexico earlier this month in the Caribbean World Series in Mexicali.
Adrian Gonzalez is still planning on playing in the World Baseball Classic.