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Friday, December 02, 2016

Venezuelan players rally behind Omar Vizquel, threaten WBC boycott

The attempt to fire Omar Vizquel as manager of the Venezuela’s World Baseball Classic team has prompted backlash from some of the country’s biggest stars, including Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez.

One by one, the players appeared on a Venezuelan sports radio show Thursday night to defend Vizquel. Many threatened to drop out of the WBC unless Vizquel was reinstated. Vizquel, a future Hall-of-Famer who won 11 Gold Gloves at shortstop, has been first base coach for the Tigers since 2014.


According to Venezuelan media reports, Vizquel’s apparent firing came after he butted heads with the Venezuelan team’s general manager, Carlos Guillen, a former Tigers infielder.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:16 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: omar vizquel, venezuela, world baseball classic

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Time For MLB To End Rules That Jeopardize Safety Of Scouts - BaseballAmerica.com

“MLB’s rules that limit our ability to travel a Venezuelan guy to the Dominican Republic, that limit our ability to get them in a complex at different ages, all these rules are solely contributing to the risks that all of us are taking traveling from complex to complex, facility to facility in the streets,” said one international director. “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time, and it’s on MLB when it happens, because they’re the ones who created these rules. They haven’t thought this through to any degree where they have any regard for the human lives of scouts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, prospects, scouting, venezuela

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MLB MOVES VENEZUELAN SHOWCASE TO PANAMA

This year’s showcase will have one major difference: it won’t be in Venezuela. Instead, MLB’s annual Venezuelan national showcase will be in Panama on Nov. 16-17, a change that appears to be due to the increasing safety concerns in Venezuela, both for American scouts and local scouts living in Venezuela.

The problems in Venezuela are complex, but over the last few years, the country has been hit by a deep economic recession and soaring inflation. Controls on foreign imports have led to shortages of basic goods and food, leading to long lines for groceries where available. Venezuela has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, with Venezuelan major leaguers, prospects and their families having become victims of kidnappings and murders. American scouts have reduced their travel to Venezuela—some have stopped going altogether—and most take precautions not to travel at night or drive through remote areas when they do go.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2016 at 05:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international signings, venezuela

 

 

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