SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – After leading the VCU baseball team to the 2010 CAA Championship, Richard Gonzalez never stopped playing the game he's always loved.
The former Ram is still playing and playing at a high level. That's obvious after Gonzalez was named to the Puerto Rico National Baseball Team and will join the squad for the 26th annual Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.
"It's an honor to have a chance to play for my country against some of the best teams in the world," Gonzalez said. "This is an opportunity that not a lot of players get and I'm really grateful."
The Haarlem Baseball Week brings together six of the best national teams in the world every other year for a week of games in Haarlem, Netherlands at Pim Mulier Stadium. In addition to Puerto Rico, the 2012 tournament will include the Netherlands, USA, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. This is only the second time ever that Puerto Rico has played in the event.
Gonzalez was a four-year starter at second base for the Black & Gold, helping VCU to two CAA Championships during his time with the Rams. He earned All-CAA Second Team honors in 2010 after hitting .390 with 19 doubles, 37 RBIs and the highest on-base percentage on the team at .476.
In his four years, the Caguas, Puerto Rico native finished with a .321 career batting average, 42 doubles, 120 RBIs, 148 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .381.
Games start on Thursday, July 13 and run through July 22. Gonzalez and the Puerto Rico squad are slated to open up against Cuba on the 13th.