Monday, November 28, 2022

Fights generate messages of condemnation in Venezuelan baseball

CARACAS ( Associated Press) – The Venezuelan Professional Baseball League on Sunday condemned the acts of violence that occurred a day earlier in which Asdrubal Cabrera, a former Major League Baseball player, attacked Dominican Carlos Castro after the Dominican dramatically hit his third home run. celebrated. night.

Castro, who went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, led the Tiburones de la Guaira to a 6-4 victory over the Caribes de Anzotegui in Puerto la Cruz, about 250 kilometers west of Caracas.

The LVBP announced in a statement that it has opened a process to determine sanctions for those involved in violent acts in Puerto La Cruz and Valencia. The most severe penalty is expected to go to Cabrera.

After hitting his third home run of the night leading off the eighth, Castro took seven steps and dramatically raised his bat in the air in front of the Carib dugout as he headed for first base.

Castro also looked towards Cueva de los Caribes and unleashed the fury of Cabrera, who knocked him down with a punch shortly after he stepped on first base. Soon after, a brawl broke out that led to several players being sent off, including Cabrera and Castro.

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Cabrera, who played from 2007 to 2021 in seven major league organizations, is no stranger to celebrations like that.

In September 2016, in the NL Wild Card Race, he pitched in the 11th inning as the New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 9–8.

At that time, the Venezuelan took the bat with both hands and raised his hands, causing the stick to fly. It is one of the most memorable such brags in Major League history.

Now, Cabrera faces the possibility of being suspended for the remainder of the season for a gesture similar to the one he made in the majors.

“Venezuelan professional baseball is a show that encourages family enjoyment, because this discipline is a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. For LVBP it is its existence and its fundamental mission is to provide fans with a quality show through sports to be provided,” the letter added, without giving further details.

Fans of different teams often mingle in the crowd and it is common for families and friends to split their loyalties, wearing jerseys and hats and carrying stuffed animals and balls pointing their clubs. Unlike sports rivalries, fan passion is limited to verbal exchanges, which are often filled with jokes and good humor.

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Meanwhile, in the central city of Valencia, players from León de Caracas and Navegantes del Magallanes exchanged blows and insults on the field for several minutes after reliever Bruce Rondón struck out third in that inning.

Relievers repeatedly ordered players on the capital’s bench to silence, stoking spirits between the so-called “eternal rivals”, the two most popular teams in this South American country, the only one where baseball and soccer are the number one sports. .

Among those fired was Puerto Rican Yadier Molina, who, after a 19-year career in the Major Leagues, is in an unprecedented role as manager with the Navigators. Also ejected by Navegantes were reliever Bruce Rondón and infielder José Rondón, while Dominican Isaias Tejeda was sent to the rain by Leon.

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