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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 10:51 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: politics, rangers, the glory of socialism, venezuela

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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4658590)
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.

This doesn't make much sense. It's pretty easy to buy a home making the MLB minimum.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4658596)
This doesn't make much sense. It's pretty easy to buy a home making the MLB minimum.


I think it makes sense for Perez. If he gets hurt soon, two or three seasons of the MLB minimum is not financial security to buy a nice house when you have very limited potential earnings after your career.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4658601)
I think it makes sense for Perez. If he gets hurt soon, two or three seasons of the MLB minimum is not financial security to buy a nice house when you have very limited potential earnings after your career.

Sure, he did it to ensure his financial future, not to be able to buy a house.

If he just wanted to get out of Venezuela, he could have bought a cheap house.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:30 PM (#4658621)
Don't just tweet about it - run for mayor like Magglio.
   5. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4658714)
The best part about that "the glory of socialism" tag is that 95% of the regular posters here won't see it as being sarcastic or ironic.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4658721)
5. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon

Oh dear. What a glass jaw.
   7. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4658743)
Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon


Yeah, Gonfalon is the psychotic asscunt in this scenario. That makes a lot of sense.
   8. Empathy, I Promise You (SBB) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4658744)
The best part about that "the glory of socialism" tag is that 95% of the regular posters here won't see it as being sarcastic or ironic.


Oh, come on now. They don't mind people getting rich, just as long as they make their riches by doing something important and valuable -- like playing baseball.
   9. madvillain Posted: February 18, 2014 at 09:51 PM (#4658798)
Yes, because the hideously corrupt oligarchy of Venezuela has everything to do with Scandinavian style socialism of which America could learn quite a bit from wrt pie dividing and its societal merits. Ah crap, I took the bait.

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