PHOENIX -- It may be hard to believe after four All-Star games, 235 home runs and nearly 1,500 big-league hits, but baseball used to be Adrian Gonzalez's fall-back plan.
"In my mind I was going to be a mechanical engineer. And baseball was going to be a reason how I got my education," Gonzalez said Monday. "Obviously things changed and I was to go a different direction in regards to my school.
"But in my mind I was really committed to going to college and getting a degree."
But education remains important to Gonzalez, whose charitable foundation has funded more than 50 scholarships for low- and middle-income families. Gonzalez has teamed up with Target and People magazine in a program that will recognize 30 of the nation's best teachers at this summer's All-Star game, it was announced Monday.
Fans can go online at AllStarTeachers.com to nominate their favorite educators, who will have the chance to represent a big-league team in July during All-Star festivities in Minnesota.