Monday, December 12
In the interview he also made accusation to the umpires and questioned their work, the Dominican Winter League is working only with local umpires since last season and their authority in the field and has generate many discussions during games.
Tuesday, December 6
Sunday, December 4
Teams like Licey have their roster filled with promising rookies like Hanley Ramirez at 3B, SS and 2B, Anderson Hernandez at 2B, Erick Aybar at 2B, Felix Pie at CF among others, and the return of veterans like Henry Rodriguez, Willis Otañez and Jose Offerman.
This is not the first donation from the Dodgers a few months ago they did the same to the community if Guerra, where their academy is located.
Tom Lassorda was representing the team, he also met with President Leonel Fernandez, threw the first ball in a Licey game and was with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and participate in a golf tournament held by President Fernandez foundation.
Lassorda comes every year to the Dominican Republic where he has many friends and is very popular, he was manager for Licey and Escogido in the 70's.
Furcal had drinking problems in the past, in fact he was in jail for that, according to some people near him he is done with that (at least DUI, he gets a driver now), but Furcal is an excellent player an very versatile one.
He play in winter at SS, 2B or 3B, depends on where his team needs him, and all of three positions played above average, he played 3B for the national team (Licey) in the Caribbean series here in Santo Domingo, and Dodgers fans will enjoy his hard playing, he always run hard and gives an extra to the team.
Personally I don't like him very much, he played for teams that I hate (Braves and Escogido), but that can not take away from him his conditions as a player.
His drinking problems?
Let's really hope that those days are behind him, he's a good man and a family man, but please!!!!!, I can't stand another distraction for the Dodgers!
Thursday, November 10
And now he'll be honored in the Latin sport awards next November 14th.
"McCourt will be honored for the efforts of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Dominican Baseball by Campo Las Palmas, operating since 1987.
McCourt will be here with Tommy La Sorda."
The Dodgers donate a bus to the Guerra Community a few months ago.
Of course, they are eliminating a team from the Dominican Summer League and are leasing half Campo Las Palmas. (Tks to Rob for the tip)
So I wonder if the good reporters of the Dominican Republic will ask him some good answers or will just talk to La Sorda... Will they ask him about the GM and Manager search... I don't Think so.
Wednesday, September 14
Wednesday, August 31
I doubt that OP will pitch this winter, and if he does is not going to be with Licey, thanks god for that, Licey was going to give away a great rookie pitcher for him.
Sunday, June 19
The Baseball World Cup, a upcoming disaster for the Dominican Republic.
Next year will be held the famous baseball world cup, every country is making arrangements to have the best posible team, what the DR have done so far? NOTHING... I can imagine biulding a team in December or January on the run, and making the same thing that we did in the last Caribbean Series.
Well, I Promise to post more often, thanks to those people who have e-mailed me, some encouraging me to keep writting and some other to insult me or some of my countrymen.
See you soon...
Friday, April 22
Guerrero never presented any evidence, he always claimed that it was a verbal agreement.
I'm sure this will end Mario Guerrero crazy pursuit of other peoples money
Thursday, April 21
Now Mondesi can focus on baseball, and Mario Guerrero can look somewhere else to try to gain his money.
This will clear the way to other lawsuit's including Geronimo Berroa who Guerrero took his apartment and some other values.
Tuesday, March 15
Estrellas have a bunch of talent in their roster including Dodgers prospects Joel Guzman, Willi Aybay, Odalis Perez and Agustin Montero.
Regarding Sosa, he was critized for not being able to make more contribution to his home team, but now with Sosa's money and the apparent new sponsor for the team, the biggest beer company in the world will make things very interesting since Estrellas has not won a championship since late 60's.
Thursday, February 24
According to El Nacional Story they used mostly Haiti and the Dominican Republic as a bridge to introduce the players to the United States.
Kendry Morales was considered a national hero in cuba, as a rookie he set several records in 2002, playing for Industriales had 352 appearences at the plate, 60 runs, 114 hits, 21 hr's, 82 rbi's and 46 extra base hits, he also played at third, first, right field and pitched.
Now Kendry is a traitor in Cuba, all records he set have an asterisk, this according to some Cubans I talked with here.
Morales is stuck in the Dominican Republic with some visa problems, the Angels are making arrangements to make him a Dominican Citizen, but it seems that is a little hard due to the way he came to the DR.
But if you think Kendry is in some kind of trouble think twice, Alay Soler, a fellow cuban is here without a passport, his former agent, Joe Cubas was suspended by the players association for confiscating his passport.
According to three baseball sources who independently confirmed the information on condition their names not be used, shortly after Cubas negotiated a three-year, $2.8 million contract for the 25-year-old right-hander last summer, he confiscated Soler's immigration documents and refused to return them until the player paid money the agent said was owed him. Soler disputed the claim, saying Cubas was asking for 15 percent commission -- more than three times the normal rate, and contacted the union, which sided with Soler.
Sunday, February 13
99% of my readers, regulars or the one who came and never enter again are from the United States of America, and many of you have a relative or a friend fighting in Iraq, well i have one now, is Huascar Blanco, and he have a blog that he writes from somewhere in the middle of the desert.
He is a Yankee fan and came from the Dominican Republic as many Dominicans looking for a better life.
I read his blog everyday, and some days he don't post, and I get a little worried about him, I don't know him personally, and probabily will never meet him, he's a nice guy, a brave guy, just as any who's fighting in that war.
So please, even if you are against this war visit his blog and if you can drop him a e-mail.
And Huascar, be safe and go home soon...
Saturday, February 12
he wants out of LA, he wants to buy Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican
According to some reports Odalis is offering US$ 2.5 millions for the team
and is seeking advice to get into the Baseball Business.
Estrellas has not won a championship in almost 40 years, the team is
located in San Pedro de Macoris, home of Sammy Sosa, Alfonzo Soriano and
former players George Bell and Alfredo Griffin among others.
Odalis is supposed to team with other people from San Pedro de Macoris to
buy the team, he plays with Estrellas in the winter, but he did not played
this season and stayed practicing and resting his left arm to be in shape
for spring training.
Dominican President got together with the players
Leonel Fernandez, Dominican president spent time with Dominican players to
wish them good luck in the upcoming season, among the players were Jose
Offerman, Julio Lugo, Octavio Dotel, Neifi Perez, Jose Guillen, Aramis
Ramirez, Guillermo Mota, Manny Mota, Albert Pujols, Alfredo Griffin,
D'Angelo Jimenez and Odalis Perez.
The President wants to use Baseball and the players as tool for tourism.
Estadio Quisquya to be renovated
Old Estadio Quisqueya will be renovated looking to host MLB games, the seat
will be upgraded from 20,000 to 33,000, the field will renovated, roof for
the bleachers and a hotel will be build around the stadium.
Angels owner talked to the president when Vladimir Guerrero won the MVP and
they talked about bringing the Angels here for practices next year, of
course, that's far away from happening.
Wednesday, February 9
I started to write by accident, creating the blog I did not know what name to give the project, I Finally named it Dominican Players.
Thru the season 2004 I tried to cover news and comments about Dominican Players in MLB, some days I only had a few visitors, but other days I had hundreds, specially when Rob or Jon linked to my blog.
receiving mails and comments had been a great experience, knowing that people read what you write is a very satisfying feeling.
When posting, I always make sure not to hurt my credibility, recently I posted about Bartolo Colon weight and I was the center of a controversy in the Angels Forum, Some questioned my credibility and even when posting in the forum they had doubts, It was and awkward feeling for me, It was the first time I saw my name and reputation in jeopardy in a public place.
I've received many satisfactions from this work, the biggest one was writing for Baseball America and Article about Angels prospect Erick Aybar, I had to go to Estadio Quisqueya and make an interview to him, I had butterflies in my stomach, it was my first interview, I was supposed to make a few more interviews but first the bureaucracy to obtain a press credential here and later getting sick prevented me to accomplish that, I thank Kris Kline for giving me the opportunity and for trusting me, the interview might never be published but I felt really good about it and I hope next winter season I can do some work for them as well.
Other satisfaction was to received mails from reporter of the LA Times (not Simers), the OC Register and MLB.COM about my work, knowing these guys read me is great.
Recently my work is on 360ThePitch, I'm covering the NL WEST with a weekly report.
I know I have to improve my English writing, so I'll take English writing and grammar classes soon, also I'm taking a web design class, and by Blog can be reach now in www.dominicanplayers.com, so soon you'll have a different web site.
Thanks you all for your support, I hope I'll improve everyday to make this site better.
- The Caribbean have new champions, Congratulations to Mexico, they played better and deserved the title.
- Spring Training is around the corner, here in the DR everyone is giving the Giants as favorites, good, will the same as 2004.
About the Dominican Winter League schedule...
The league have to change the schedule in a way that the final day is at least 3 or 4 days from the start of the Caribbean series, this year the DR had to make the team in just hours, that combined with the airport incident prevented the team to have a better series, not taking away any credit from Mexico.
This week I'll be away in some company projects, so don't expect any posts unless something really important happens.
Tuesday, February 1
The Dominican team that is supposed to play Puerto Rico today is still at
the airport waiting to a ride to Mazatlan, Mexico. Apparently the agency
overbooked the play or the players wanted to bring some relatives in the
plane, so the team as this moment is in the airport wainting to fly to
The agency sold 120 seats, the championship was decided on Sunday night,
and on Monday several fan and relatives call to make reservations, but
theplane was full, and at the airport they demanded to be included in the
plane, but regulations prohibited them to overcharge the plane.
Apparently the problem came when the team arrived and wanted to bring some
relatives and fans with them.
At this moment they are making arrangements for a new plane.
More to come later.... posted by e-mail
Sunday, January 30
Yesterday's game was full of alternatives, with both teams changing the lead several times, but Licey with the Guillen's 3-run hr in the 7th inning broke a 8-8 tie to give his team a lead they'll never lose again.
Estadio Quisqueya was full from side to side and in the streets, bars and colmadones everyone was watching the game.
Carlos Perez despite allowing to earn runs in the 7th gave Licey relievers a rest, Jorge Sosa, the closer, pitched 2.1 innings the night before, and Yhency Brazoban was out of roster for some unknown reason.
At the beginning of the series everyone was giving Aquilas as the big favorite, but after Guillen and Luis Castillo joined the team it is a different perspective, now they can compete with Aguilas, suddenly Licey remebered how to use the bat.
Jose Lima came in relieve last night, but had to shut his big ugly smile after giving 2 hits to the two batters he faced
Julian Tavarez against Juan Cruz, every available arm will follow them.
Saturday, January 29
Bartolo Colon is getting Bigger!
Apparently Bartolo Colon has not been working out this winter, he looks like a softball player, his belly looks like is going to blowout his uniform and the letters will explode with every movement he makes, I think weight problems will shorten his career. For a picture click here.
Erick Byrnes Living la vida loca
Oakland's OF Erick Byrnes is having a great time here in the Domininan Republic, he's not doing any different things that Dominican Players do, but he's really struggling in the game, here's Eric outside of a Santo Domingo night club.
Eric has been a great player for Licey in the last 4 seasons, but in the finals he seems to forget how to hit, but he's not the only one in Licey.
This will go on and on until they reach and agreement, Mondesi had said that he will not pay a cent to Guerrero.
Guerrero in the meantime now is having written agreements with the "players" he's training.
Thursday, January 27
This blog was mentioned in today's T.J. Simers column , he must had read Jon or Rob for sure, to save you the trouble here's what he wrote:
SEVERAL PEOPLE e-mailed to say that Licey, the Dominican winter league team, released Dodger catcher David Ross, and according to a Dominican players' blog, Ross was not popular with the Licey fans after going four for 29 with one home run and nine strikeouts. Paul DePodesta loves him, though.
Miguel Tejada hit a homerun to tie the game and Aguilas made another 7th inning rally to beat Licey and take commando of the finals 2-1.
Luis Polonia invited to Spring Training.
41 years old Luis Polonia was invited to spring training by the Nationals, he'll try to make the team as a left handed pinch hitter, the truth is that Polonia despite being 41 still got something left in his bat.
The news according to Polonia and Jose Rijo who is now working with the Nationals.
Wednesday, January 26
So the finals started on Monday, the first 6 innings were a pitching duel, it was a close game until Aguilas had a 12 run 7th inning, so Aguilas won 14-4.
Licey took the lead when Miguel Tejada error led to 2 runs, but then Aguilas tied it when Carlos Perez who was un-hittable in the regular season and round-robin gave a Hr with a man on base to tied the game, then it was batting practice for Aguilas.
On Tuesday Juan Cruz pitched 7 innings, Felix Rodriguez the 8th and Jorge Sosa closing to give Licey a 3-0 win over Aguilas and to even the series.
Ronnie Belliard hit a bases loaded single that clear the bases, Jose Offerman running at first base score when he ran like he was in the mid 20's again.
Jose Guillen was in the line up as a DH after missing the last couple of games with a sore wrist, he was hitless with a SO and grounded twice into double play.
So tonight will be Lima time in Santiago against Ramon Oritz who is 0-3 so far.
Friday, January 21
Licey is loosing as I write this 3-0 against Estrellas, Pedro Astacio is pitching for Estrellas and Ramon Ortiz for Licey.
David Ross released.
Dodgers catcher David Ross was released yesterday, he struggled at the plate and behind the plate, he was not popular at all with Licey Fans.
I'll have more updates later, I have this terrible flu that had kept me in bed for 2 days.
Friday, January 14
Yesterday's story from AP stated that Mondesi had a deal with the Braves, but a Braves spokeman denied it, then Rob said the he lost his mind, and Jon compared him with Darryl Strawberry, of course, with a big difference. They had their reasons, Mondesi has not help his cause at all.
So today the Braves are announcing the Raul Mondesi deal.
So I ask my self, who's to blame? Raul for telling to soon, or the Spokeman for not knowing what he's saying?
I've posted several news here that at the time were unknown in the U.S. Media, the source of course, AP and Enrique Rojas, like when he was going to sign with the Angels.
But is easier to blame the complicated player and the reporter from the small country instead of the spokeman for the big team.
Thursday, January 13
Colon is going to make his 2004-2005 debut on Sunday against Licey at Estadio Cibao in Santiago.
Last year Anaheim did not gave permission to Colon to pitch, but this year did. I just hope the GM knows about this and don't make a fool of him self again by denying knowledge of this.
Vladimir Guerrero can grab a bat, and is using it!
Vladimir will play at least for the last games of the playoffs, according to a article on today's Listin Diario.
Licey was 0-4 in games that Vladimir played, let's hope if he plays that the team doesn't go in the loosing track again.
His agent in the DR gave those declaration before leaving to LA with Guerrero, he said that the Angels were told of the injury situation and that the players is 85% ready.
Saturday, January 8
Lima was a pleasant surprise for the 2004 Dodgers and I was beggining to like him and at one point I liked him, but to be honest Lima is a very annoying person, specially if he's pitching against your team and in national television grabbing his genital and yelling to fans "aqui hay cojones" among other pretty words.
Back to the game, he pitched a great game and Aguilas won over Licey 4-3 and Licey lost for the fisrt time in the playoffs.
This was the only game of the night, today Licey and Aguilas will meet againg but in Santo Domingo and on Sunday in Santiago.
He are the standings so far:
Aguilas 2-1 *
Aguilas have 2 suspended games pending to play.
Friday, January 7
Alex gave a beautiful speech of how Dominican he is, that he loves the country and blah, blah blah, but suddenly he looked back and pointed to the Dominican flag and he said " I love this...." Looking at the flag and then approaching someone near him and asking "how do you say flag in Spanish?" , then he said "I love the big Dominican flag, the biggest of the country" said A-Rod.
After the ceremony was over and the National Anthem was played he stood for a couples of seconds apparently not knowing the National Anthem was over.
Apparently he was supposed to give a press conference but left the place in an SVU and the press was left with the mics on their hands, so was the Gillete company who have a campaign here with Alex.
I think is a good gesture from Alex to donate to the poor here in the DR, it's also great that he came and played golf at Casa de Campo, but please don't come here to rub in our faces your 50 grand while you donate to the University of Miami US$ 3.9 millions to support a poor university in a poor country like the US.
Alex have to stop this nonsense of trying to be nice to Dominicans, he's not Dominican no matter what he says, he does not feel like one, he does not talk like one, just see the example, 50,000 vs 3,900,000 that tells you all.
For me he's not Dominican, I know he does not care of what I think or many others in this country.
He's a great player, he must be a great person, but not a great Dominican, so please stop trying to act or pretend to be one, no one will judge you for that.
Thursday, January 6
He can just don't know how to shut his mouth
" We're going to be part of a team now that can win, because the people who was not making contributions is gone" said Perez after a training session in Estadio Quisqueya prior to Estrellas-Licey game.
So the people who doesn't make contribution left? Adrian Beltre? Jose Lima? Steve Finley? Alex Cora? Shawn Green? Well, apparently Odalis lost his mind.
He values the signing of Jose Valentin? I agree with Jeff Kent, but Jose Valentin? Give me a break!!
No regrets to Omar Minaya for not traveling to the DR to meet him. Well what can he do about it?
Licey is now 3-0 after defeating Estrellas 6-3 in Estadio Quisqueya, David Ross hit a 3 run Hr in the 4th inning and rookie pitcher Eddy Ramos survived a shaky first inning alowwing 2 runs, he allowed just 1 in the remaining of his outing.
The David Ross Success.
Entering the playoffs the Licey pitching staff was the biggest concern, with a regular starting pitching staff that had only Manny Aybar with success in the regular season, the bullpen was not ok, but after Ross took over in the finals games of the regular season and in the playoffs Licey pitching staff has been very good, the starting pitching has allowed just 4 er in 16 IP.
Ross in the at bat that he hit the HR received an standing ovation from some fans after hitting a foul ball, but behind in the count 1-2 hit a big hr over the right field wall, flying over a Ad in the wall.
I hope he continues hisgood work behind the plate so he can go to spring training in great shape.
Kendry Morales back in line up.
Kendry Morales, Los Angeles Angels of AAAAAhnaheim prospect is back in the line up since Monday night, Tuesday night, he hit and rbi double and a hit.
Gigantes 7 Aguilas 6
Jose Reyes hit an 2 rbi single in the 7th, he went 5-4. Miguel Tejada and Tony Batista hit hr's for the loosing cause.
Wednesday, January 5
The Dominican Baseball League is looking for a taker for Estrellas,
the team is under the league administration, Estrellas made the
playoffs unlike Escogido that missed it for the second straight
Licey could have a outfield full of stars with Vladimir Guerrero in
Right, Jose Guillen in left and Oakland's Eric Byrnes in Center.
The Shell company gave yesterday their annually awards "los
dominicanos primero" (Dominican first), these awards are given
every year to the Dominican Players in recognition of the work done
during the season.
The ceremonial was dedicated to hall of famer Juan Marichal.
Tony Batista signed a 2 year 15 million contract with a team in
Japan, maybe he'll loose some weight with the training they have
Oalands Eric Byrnes claims that playing in the winter had helped
him in his major league career, this is the fourth time here for
Julio Franco is 46, but he can hit, he had 2hr in the first game of
from scratch, and since the company I work for no longer have Internet, at
least for us mortal employees I have to post by e-mail
The Playoffs are on in the Dominican Winter League.
On Sunday Gigantes beat Estrellas 4-3 with Jose Reyes the more notable in
the winning cause, Julio Franco hit 2hr and 3 rbi for the lost cause.
In Santiago, the game between Licey and Aguilas was suspended due to
Monday January 4 2005
Licey 4 Gigantes 0
Manny Aybar pitched 6 scoreless innings and allowed only 1 hit with 7 SO.
Timo Perez went 4-3 and made a spectacular catch in CF.
Damian Moss took the loss for Gigantes.
Blackouts and flying objects in San Pedro.
In San Pedro de Macoris, home of the most MLB players in the world went
crazy on Monday night, behind four blackouts and a questionable call at
first base when Luis Polonia was called safe and later Miguel Tejada hit
a 3run HR the fans went wild and begging throwing bottles and all kind of
objects to the field.
The game was later suspended with Aguilas leading 8-0 in the 4th inning.
The game will continue the next available game.
Last night the game at San Francisco between Aguilas and Gigantes was
postponed due to rain, now Aguilas will have to play 18 consecutive
games, 3 against Licey this weekend.
In San Pedro, Licey won 8-1 over Estrellas when the Licey offensive waked
up hitting 4 homeruns (Jose Offerman, Eric Byrnes, Manny Martinez and
Luis Martinez, who was the player involved in the Vladimir Guerrero
trade, was the loosing pitcher, and Atlanta's Juan Cruz won allowing 3
hits in 6 IP.
Vladimir Guerrero was in not in roster because his nursing a bad nail, he
injured while diving for a ball and got aggravated during batting
Tuesday, January 4
The first day, on Sunday the Licey-Aguilas was suspended due to rain and in San Francisco Gigantes beat Estrellas 4-5. Julio Franco for the loosing cause was 4 out of 3 with 2hr and 3 rbi's, and remember Franco is 40 something (his real age is a mystery).
Licey 4 Gigantes 0
Santo Domingo, Estadio Quisqueya.
WP: Manny Aybar 1-0
LP: Damian Moss 0-1
Manny Aybar pitched six inning of only one hit off the bat of Julio Ramirez. Timo Perez was 2-1, with to BB and 3 R, Eric Byrnes 4-2, with 1 2B and a hit, and D'Angelo Jimenez had a good night with the bat ending a really bad slump.
Licey have a MLB Team.
Licey a really offensive team, in the outfield they have Timo Perez, Erick Byrnes and Jose Guillen, Vladimir Guerrero is nursing a finger he got hurt diving for a ball in the OF.
Carlos Peña 1b
D'Angelo Jimenez 2b
Cristian Guzman SS
Ronnie Belliard 3b
David Ross C
in the bench they a few other MLB players and former MLB.
The game with the flying objets.
In San Pedro, home of the most MLB players in the world the lights went out 4 times, yes 4 times, a disputed call in first base and the blackouts led to a fans protest and that almost forfeit the game for Estrellas, the home team.
Julio Franco had to address the fans to try to calm them, the game was 8-0 in favor of Aguilas and it was postponed due to Electrical problems in the stadium.