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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tragedies Lead to Calls for Change in the Dominican Republic

Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league has “comprehensive programs” in place, from educational and developmental sessions in the Dominican all the way up to employee assistance programs and security briefings at the major-league level. MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark expressed similar sentiments, adding, “Educated players make educated decisions.”

Some former players say it’s not enough.

“You can say whatever you say you have, but the results are not showing, which shows you should try harder,” said Batista, who last played in 2012. “It’s going to take more investment and care.”

Telemaco’s group aims to address the problem at the root, well before young players sign pro contracts. He will travel to the Dominican in early April, where he plans to meet with a representative from the country’s Ministry of Sports in hopes of receiving government support for Ni Uno Mas.

Next winter, Telemaco and his group plan to travel the entire country delivering their message. Current players have expressed interest in joining up.

“This is a movement,” Telemaco said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: andy marte, dominican republic, yordano ventura

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress

In March 2016, Ventura was taken to a hospital in Arizona after overdosing on medication. Sangiovanni said he had attempted suicide, though some close to him are skeptical of that conclusion.

Whatever happened that day, Ventura’s personal life had become complicated for the young man from a remote Dominican resort town.

“I don’t think it was easy for him to get out of Las Terrenas and come into everything he accomplished,” said longtime friend Abel Padilla. “Not everyone can manage that type of pressure.”

Ventura expressed that burden soon after signing his breakout deal.

When he was home for the All-Star Break in 2015, Orlando Sarante remembers hearing his longtime friend — known to fellow Las Terrenas residents as Yafelín, not Yordano — yearn for the days when he was a poor teenager working for his grandfather’s hardware store and doing construction.

“‘I sometimes wish I was still driving around town in my grandpa’s truck,’” Sarante recently recalled him saying, “‘and that I wasn’t Yordano Ventura.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2017 at 01:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

$20M owed to Yordano Ventura likely hinges on his toxicology report

I know this is news but…

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Looters left Ventura to die, according to unconfirmed reports - Royals Review

Initial reports aren’t always accurate but if Pedro’s comments are true, the story of Ventura’s horrible death just got even worse.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Becoming Yordano

The odds of a young Yordano Ventura ever pitching in the major leagues were astronomically long.  But thanks to ability that Royals officials call a gift, not to mention more than a little good fortune, the fire-throwing young man who starred in game six of the 2014 World Series could be poised to follow in the footsteps of Dominican Republic countryman Pedro Martinez.

Zach Posted: January 22, 2017 at 11:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, royals, yordano ventura

 

 

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