02/18/09 1:25 PM ET
Gonzalez ponders skipping Classic
Might forgo event if he is not named a starter for Team Mexico
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Gonzalez, the older brother of Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, said Wednesday that he is considering skipping playing for Mexico if 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," said Gonzalez, who represented Mexico earlier this month in the Caribbean World Series in Mexicali. "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."
Gonzalez hit .423 for Mexicali in the Caribbean World Series, with 11 hits in six games.
Gonzalez said the other potential second basemen on the Mexico roster are Juan Castro (Dodgers) and Omar Quintanilla (Rockies). Gonzalez said at this point the only "sure things" on the roster are Adrian Gonzalez and Jorge Cantu.
If Gonzalez opts to play in the World Baseball Classic, he would report to Tucson on March 1 before heading to Mexico City for the start of the Classic.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.