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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Venezuelan Ranger players concerned over political unrest at home

Almost every starting pitcher or starting pitching candidate in the Rangers’ camp has some kind of injury to contend with or to come back from this spring.  Not Martin Perez, though. He’s got bigger problems: the safety of his family and friends in his homeland of Venezuela.

“It is hard for us,” Perez said. “We call every day, and people don’t have food for eating, things like that. We have a great country, and you look at the situation and things are just terrible. It’s bad. I love my country, but things are bad. People want and need things, and they don’t have it.”

It is one of the reasons Perez and Andrus were so willing to sign long-term contracts with the Rangers within the last year. The financial security gave them both the ability to buy homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Perez, who signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract over the winter, closed on a home in Arlington two weeks before coming to camp. His wife is there, but his parents remain in Guanare in the central part of the country.

It has also led the two players to become unlikely political activists. Perez and Andrus have taken to actively tweeting and retweeting to bring awareness to the situation.

“All our players are here, and we’re happy they are safe,” said general manager Jon Daniels. “Most of our conversations internally have been about the safety of our scouts and coaches. The players have friends and family there. I can’t put myself in their position. They’ve all got very strong ties to the country. You can’t bury your head in the sand and not see their concern.”

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM | 9 comment(s)
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