Gonzalez a quiet competitor on the field

By Tiffany Roesler

Stephen Gonzalez is a 6-foot-5-inch outfielder who may not say
much, but give him a glove, a bat, and a ball and he’ll surprise

The senior from Santa Ana joined the Cal Poly Pomona baseball
team for the 2010 season and impacted it greatly, hitting .286
while earning a .927 fielding percentage.

This season, Gonzalez has hit .351, with 26 hits ” seven of
which were doubles ” as well as 14 RBIs. Defensively, he has a .953
fielding percentage with 40 put outs and two assists.

“It’s good [having him on the team] because he really helps
offensively and defensively because he’s a left fielder,” said
junior catcher Jenzen Torres. “He’s really put together our

Head coach Randy Betten said Gonzalez had a real impact in the
team’s performance when he joined.

“He has been a pivotal role,” said head coach Randy Betten. “He
came in here late with some academic issues and has really been an
adrenaline shot for us. Just his presence has been quite impressive
for us.”

Gonzalez may be quiet, but his talent and drive stand out on the

“I think he’s a real internal competitor, but very externally
quiet,” said Betten. “He’s kind of like a workman’s day ” he goes
out there and does what he has to do. He’s been a good addition to
our playoff run here.”

In a sport where there’s pretty much stats for everything a
player does out on the field, Gonzalez’s personal stats and
accomplishes aren’t his top priority. His focus remains on the
team, its improvement and its well-being.

“I really enjoy all the wins,” said Gonzalez. “That’s what I
really look forward to.”

Gonzalez’s passion for America’s pastime started at a very young

“I just grew up playing catch with my dad, and that’s how I
started,” said Gonzalez. “My dad also used to play softball, so I
watched him [and was] like all little kids who want to be like
their dad. It was the first organized sport I played, and I looked
up to big league players.”

Inspired by his dad, Gonzalez considers himself as a family guy
and loves to spend time with his family as much as he can. Surfing,
hiking, camping, and volunteering are among his list of

“What most people don’t know about me is that I like doing
volunteer stuff,” said Gonzalez. “I volunteer at an inpatient
physical therapy hospital. I really enjoy that. You get to work
with nurses and physical therapists and see how people

The kinesiology student would like to be a high school science
teacher of some sort as well as a baseball coach or “just finding
anything that works,” while allowing for free time on the

“We’re going to miss him a lot,” Torres said. “He’s been real
good for the past two years for us so we’ll miss him.”

An all-around player, Gonzalez has left an impression on the
program as well as his teammates.

Sometimes, it’s the quiet ones that will amaze you.

Gonzalez a quiet competitor on the field

Chris McCarthy / The Poly Post

Gonzalez a quiet competitor on the field

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