Dave Jauss: “Dominican baseball is unique”

“I would go back as many times as I can. As long as I have strength and love for this sport, the Dominican Republic will be a special place,” says Dave Jauss, manager of the Leones del Escogido, who on Wednesday saw their hopes of qualifying for the Round Robin reduced to ashes, after losing to the Estrellas Orientales.

The Leones del Escogido have a record of five wins and seven losses, since the North American foreman took office, counting the failure against the green team this Wednesday.

Jauss said he felt blessed to be once again working in the Dominican winter league, because the atmosphere is unique, the fans breathe baseball and become part of the game itself.

“The energy of this country is different, they love baseball in a unique way, the way the season is enjoyed is contagious, the emotions are the closest thing to a Major League playoff atmosphere.”

For Jauss, the collective of players, fans and managers are essential in the pursuit of great things. The Chicago native is one of those who understands that when all these players come together, there is a better chance of winning the championship.

“Because of the highly competitive level of play in the league and how changeable it can be, you have to meet certain conditions to be successful, although many do not believe it is very important,” Jauss said.

Jauss led the scarlet team in the 2020-2021 campaign.

He was champion with the Tigres del Licey in the 1998-99 campaign, in which he was awarded “Manager of the Year”, the same distinction he received in the 2012-13 season with the Oriental Stars.

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For the helmsman, the game changes every year, everything that happens in the Major Leagues also directly influences what happens in minority circuits, universities and colleges and this league does not escape that reality.

“Just as in the United States the teams make changes in their style of play, the players assume other roles and this, in turn, changes their priorities and they can develop in other aspects and that is why in the Dominican league it will almost always take the same course as Big leagues”.

Jauss also believes that all the changes that have occurred in recent times in baseball are to make it more attractive and it is everyone’s responsibility to adjust to them and go out to win each game.

The gift he cherishes most during his coaching career in organized baseball is his players. The veteran with more than 20 years of Major League Baseball experience has served as a bench coach, forward scout and operations assistant.

Until 2021 Jauss was bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball, a position he has also held with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Metros and the Boston Red Sox.

“Of my players I keep the most beautiful memories of my life, my years in Boston, together with my wife and my children were unforgettable, but the most beautiful experience on the field was with Pete Alonso in the home run competition.”

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