Winter Leagues Newsbeat
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Adam Rubin: “In fairness, Jordany Valdespin got upset because Ronny Paulino pinch-hit for him.”
Here’s MLB Nation with details of the ex-New York Met’s latest spat with authority:
Infielder Jordany Valdespin has decided to leave his team, Tigres del Licey, of the Dominican Winter League, reportedly infuriated after being pinch-hit for in a playoff game this past weekend. The news was first reported by Dominican radio show Grandes En Los Deportes (Spanish Twitter link), co-hosted by ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas.
Valdespin hit only .167/.316/.612 in 108 regular season at bats for the Tigres del Licey, accumulating 7 extra-bases (3 homers, 3 doubles, one triple), although with zero stolen bases, which comes a little bit as a surprise given that speed has been the most talked-about skill of his.
(Apparently they mean 167/316/296. Don’t do that.)
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Miguel Tejada has had a 16-year major league career defined by highs, lows and unfathomable missteps, all of which were chronicled by Big League Stew’s Dave Brown back in August. Now comes news from MLB’s Jesse Sanchez — with an assist to Dionisio Soldevila — that Tejada recently ran into more trouble after admitting to purchasing stock in the Gigantes del Cibao Dominican league franchise while serving as an active player with Aguilas Cibaenas.
That falls under two different categories from what we understand. The first would be ‘conflict of interest.’ The second, ‘it’s against league rules,’ which would explain why the Dominican winter league has elected to suspend Tejada for the remainder of their season.
According to Soldevila’s report — which was partially translated by Hardball Talk’s Bill Baer — Tejada’s illegal purchase actually came three years ago when he bought a 72% stake in the company that oversees the baseball franchise for the city of San Francisco de Macoris.
Two season ending suspensions in one year, that’s impressive!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Ted Lilly’s neck pain forced him off of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster and into the care of specialists this season. But even after a trying summer, the 37-year-old veteran of 15 MLB seasons is preparing to return to the MLB level by re-establishing his form in Venezuela.
Lilly visited a cervical spine specialist after dealing with neck pain and stiffness during a difficult season with the Dodgers. Those visits led to a procedure that cauterized the nerve endings on the right side of his neck. Though it’s not considered surgery, doctors used a large needle to burn the nerve endings on Lilly’s neck. So far it’s been working.
“That procedure has given him relief,” agent Larry O’Brien told sportsnet.ca.
Lilly, whose three-year $33 million contract expired this year, intends to pitch at the MLB level in 2014. The left-hander is currently pitching for the Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela to get some repetitions in and test his neck during the off-season.
Monday, November 04, 2013
The future is highly uncertain for outfielder Gustavo Cabrera, the Giants’ prized signee from last year’s international free-agent class, after he sustained a horrific right wrist injury in the Dominican Republic.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler broke the story and saw pictures of the injury, which he described as “gruesome” and “graphic.”
“Cabrera appeared to nearly lose his right hand,” Badler wrote.
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