Carlos Gonzalez Giving Back to the Children of Venezuela
By Kevin Henry
While some of his hits and throws were pretty darn impressive last season, Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies is ensuring he’s known in his home country for more than just his play on the field.
During a recent visit to the Coquivacoa Baseball League in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Gonzalez brought an early Christmas to the children, handing out gifts as well as playing advice. His trip and generosity were captured on Instagram.
Additionally, CarGo and Nolan Arenado were recently named to MLB.com’s All-Statcast team for some of their impressive statistics compiled over the course of the 2016 season.
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Gonzalez recorded the seventh-hardest hit of the MLB season when he lined a pitch from Ivan Nova of the New York Yankees into right field for a double on June 21. The ball left CarGo’s bat at 118.0 miles per hour and went 317.49 feet. He also had a lineout in Cincinnati on April 19 that measured 116.2 miles per hour.
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Arenado, Colorado’s All-Star third baseman, was 10th in Major League Baseball last season with 464 batted ball events (BBE). He’s also the player that MLB uses to illustrate arm strength on an infield throw as you can see here.