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The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Azócar

Gary Sanchez has had an incredible start to his New York Yankees career—9 home runs in his first 21 games. A first month like that invokes great debuts of Bronx Past, and one of them, I found out, was the … Continue reading

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Getting Rough-ned

Roughned Odor is only 22 years old. And he’s now established himself as a baseball bad-ass. Jose Bautista has been mocking pitchers for the past few seasons with a theatrical bat flip after he hits home runs. How this is … Continue reading

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Satch conquers the Natives

Alabama’s own Satchel Paige’s story, well-told by Larry Tye, reminds one of a time not so long ago when the racial divide in this country was more obvious and ugly. Yet black players like Paige were treated as equals when … Continue reading

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And They’re Off!

On the real Opening Day of Major League Baseball–forget the marketing hype of Sunday Night B-ball–two Valencianos from Venezuela will take the mound, a continent apart. At exactly the same time (4:10 pm EST), Felix Hernandez and Henderson Alvarez will … Continue reading

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And Starting at Short….

Shortstop will always be the marquee position for Venezuelan baseball. The names are entered in the ledger of history: Aparicio, Concepcion, Guillen, Vizquel. Aparicio, to date, is the only besibolista criollo in Cooperstown. (Vizquel may follow him in the next couple of seasons.) … Continue reading

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2014: Highs and Lows, Dramático Final!

2014 has been an amazing year for me, filled with ups and downs. The most emotional year of my life, certainly, filled with heart-rending loss and incredible, mind-searing highs. One steady companion has been this blog– my need to write … Continue reading

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JESÚS Loves Me, Yes I Know: Last Night in Caracas

The beginning and the end. The alpha and the omega. Old friends and new aquaintences.  A steamy Saturday night in Caracas with a frigid Monday morning awaiting me in New York. So we reach the end of this two-week chapter … Continue reading

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