News of the week

Monday arrived, but I’m sure this will be the news for the week that is just beginning: a man named Oliver Mármol is the new manager of the Cardinals.

He is the 7th Dominican to take over as MlB manager, a group that Felipe Alou started when he was named on May 22, 1992 with the Montreal Expos.

And who is Oliver Mármol? In San Luis they call him Oli, he was a professional baseball player between 2007-2010 reaching class A “strong”, and then he stayed in the organization as an instructor and manager.

He managed the Palm Beach Class A team for two years, and has been on the senior team since 2018, first as a first-class coach, and since 2019 as the bench coach or assistant to the fired manager Mike Shildt.

Oliver was born in Orlando, Florida (2-7-86), he was drafted in 2007. His parents are Dominican, but I saw that he also has Puerto Rican roots, so I will have to investigate a little more thoroughly.

At 35 years old, in 2022 he will be the youngest manager in the Major Leagues, and that in itself is a special tag. This reminds me of Héctor Borg, also 35 years old, and who was surprisingly chosen as the foreman of the Dominican Republic with a view to the Tokyo Olympics. He got there and brought the bronze medal.

In the coming days and weeks, there will be much more of this “boy”, Oli Mármol.

THE WORLD SERIES: Starting tonight, the 7-4 series between Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros begins. They are two old acquaintances because they were both part of the National League from 1965 (when the Braves arrived in Atlanta), until 2012, when the Astros left for the American League.

Of course, they have never met in a world series. The last series for the Braves was 1999… For Houston it was 2019 losing to Washington .. Two years earlier, in 2017, they were present and beat the Dodgers, their first and only crown in a 59-year history.

What do these teams look like? In Houston 4 games will be played, if they reach 7, including the first two. The Astros present their offensive power again, and they come out of favorites although their pitching looks limited and patched. Atlanta goes smoothly, they are not favorites, and that gives them peace of mind to “surprise” again. They will do it?.-

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From LIDOM: If anyone is not aware, it will be tomorrow the start of the Dominican winter baseball tournament 2021-22 … At 7 pm Escogido-Licey will play in the capital, in Santiago Gigantes-Aguilas, in San Pedro Toros -Estrellas..The event It is dedicated in memory to the athlete Kalil Haché, who died last year due to Covid … There are some pitchers already confirmed for the first day: Richelson Peña for the Giants, Yuneski Maya for the Eagles, Radhamés Liz for the Stars, Yoen Socarrás for the Selected…. The official ceremony will be in Santiago, home of the champions of the last tournament, and there will be President Luis Abinader … Although there is not much noise, there is a lot of enthusiasm, and the best proof is that almost all the tickets for the boxes were sold and many preferably … That is sold for the regular series, which in this championship will be 40 games instead of the traditional 50.

FROM MLB: Framber Valdez has a tremendous commitment tonight against Atlanta because in baseball the usual refrain is also used, it is good to give first, that is, to win the first game … Valdez comes from an outstanding work against Boston in 8 innings, and the only damage was a solo homerun Rafael Devers … Charlie Morton will be his rival, a very difficult right-hander, but Houston has quality left-handed hitters, including Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez … The two managers are “old” veterans, Dusty Baker, 72, Brian Snitker of 65… I reiterate the fact that the son of Atlanta manager, Troy Snikter, is a Houston hitting coach and that will be news…. The Astros’ roster could be followed by pitchers Cristian Javier and Yimi García, plus outfielder José Siri… Only pitcher Huascar Ynoa would be in Atlanta, but the final information will arrive today. Alfonso Márquez is a Mexican referee who will be working on his fourth world series, an honor …

HISTORY NOTE: A note from the networks says that there is a quartet of the Yankees from the recent past that had 71 postseason games together: Derek Jeter, Paul Oneill, Tino Martínez and Bernie Williams … In second place in history are those of Houston: José Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel.


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