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Sunday, June 04, 2017

OTP 5 June 2017: Venezuelan big leaguers strike back

Back to baseball this week, as patriotic players highlight resistance to a disastrous President. 

Since March, massive anti-government rallies have erupted in Caracas and other big cities, with demonstrators protesting the country’s runaway inflation, deadly shortages of food and medicine, and the politician they blame for pushing Venezuela into crisis: current president Nicolas Maduro.

At least 60 protestors have died in clashes with government forces. As the conflict deepens, a series of Venezuelan sports stars have spoken out in support of the demonstrators, hoping their profile can help publicize the country’s entrenched problems and jump-start solutions.

“We are listening. Here we are supporting (demonstrators),” said Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera in a recorded interview with ESPN. “All they’re doing is not in vain. We’re fighting for a better Venezuela.”

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: June 04, 2017 at 09:59 PM | 2151 comment(s)
  Beats: endy chavez, miguel cabrera, pablo sandoval, politics, venezuela

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Francisco Cervelli joins Venezuelan protests and pleads with others to do the same

For weeks, Rivero and Cervelli scanned Instagram on their cell phones and shared scenes from anti-government demonstrations. Videos of tear-gas canisters flying into crowds, of police brutality, of Maduro dancing while military vehicles advanced protesters in the streets. The players were active in the conversation but weren’t sure what impact they could have from afar.

Before the Pirates played the Milwaukee Brewers on May 5, Cervelli spoke with Hernan Perez during batting practice. They started to hatch a plan. They got together after the game and began contacting some of the 70 other Venezuelans currently on active rosters. They called. They texted. They asked players to send videos voicing their support of the protesters.

Three days later, Cervelli posted a video on his Instagram page, which has more than 181,000 followers, that featured messages from 13 players from three teams. The caption, translated, read, “THAT’S ENOUGH! THE CRIES OF MILLIONS OF VOICES FOR VENEZUELA.”

“All the Venezuelan athletes in the world, we’ve got to make noise,” Cervelli said Friday. “The people in my country are lonely. They are fighting, and no one is helping. People born in Venezuela are killing their own people. It’s crazy. They shouldn’t have the kind of power to do what they’re doing. It’s been 18 years [of Socialist Party rule] already. It’s out of control.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco cervelli, political, protest, venezuela

Friday, March 17, 2017

Long drives, strong pitching propel DR | MLB.com

The highlights suggest it was a good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, venezuela, wbc

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Team USA rides late home runs past Venezuela | MLB.com

Sounds like a fun game to watch.

Late-inning heroics from Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer vaulted the United States past Venezuela, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Petco Park in yet another World Baseball Classic thriller.

The U.S. bats were quiet throughout much of the night until Jones brought a much-needed spark with a game-tying leadoff homer in the eighth. Hosmer followed three batters later with a two-run blast that ultimately handed the U.S. a win in its second-round opener.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: usa, venezuela, wbc

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

MLB drops the ball in ruling Mexico out of the World Baseball Classic

This is a great lesson in why rules need to have clearly defined terms. Are “defensive innings” the number of innings pitched or does any inning in which a team plays defense constitute a defensive inning. The phrase “including partial innings” does not solve the ambiguity.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mexico, venezuela, world baseball classic

 

 

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