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The other “Showman”

El otro "Showman"

Among the Dominicans, there are several MLB players who are considered Showman, and everyone knows what that means. They are athletes, like artists, who in addition to their good offensive production also put on a little show, have a lot of charisma.

Fernando Tatís Jr. Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Julio Rodríguez, Wander Franco, and I don’t include Rafael Devers (whom they nickname Carita) in the group because he hardly ever speaks and when he does it is very sober. He talks with his bat.

Now we have Vladimir Guerrero Jr., as the new showman. The boy, first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, gradually loosens up and loses his shyness. Despite being born in Montreal, he still does not speak French or English, and always has to use a translator with the US press.

But he talks with his bat and with his gestures when he does something. Last Friday he went to bickering with Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees’ first baseman, because they don’t like each other. The case was that Vladi Jr. hit a home run, the next turn they hit him with a pitch and he went to first base disgusted. There he met Rizzo, they said little things, but not in a good way.

But yesterday another home run came in a zero-zero game situation on the board, man on base. It was a two-round drive that decided the game, ultimately won by Toronto 5-1. (Daulton Varsho followed Vladimir with another home run off Yankee starter Clark Schmidt).

Now, Vladimir, who is in a great season, is hitting a high average of .341 with 5 home runs, 13 RBIs, an OBP of .424, and he is the owner of the show. Add to that, too, Vladimir’s statement that he “would never play for the Yankees,” which really spices up the locrio.

The Yankees, in serious trouble, lost the series 2-1 to Toronto and both clubs are 13-9, in third place in the East division. Toronto’s Kevin Gausman had his best game of the year with 7 innings of 3 hits and 10 strikeouts.

LEADERS: The owners of the Eastern Division continue to be the Tampa Rays, who defeated the White Sox 4-1 yesterday. This year the club is 13-0 at home, matching the all-time record for the start of the season (Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009).

Tampa is 19-3 and heading for a 100-win season. What do you think?

A LITTLE MORE: With Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list, the Yankees have Venezuelan Gleyber Torres batting fourth, but they do that because it seems they don’t have anyone to put there… The position is too big for him because he started well, but he has been off for two weeks. Anthony Rizzo homered in the ninth, the team’s only return. The game lasted 2 hours 23 minutes.

TATIS: The San Diego Padres visited Arizona and won Saturday and Sunday. On Friday Fernando Tatis had his first hit after going 0-for-5 in the first game and on Saturday he produced his first home run of the year. If he stays healthy, he should have an outstanding performance because his thing is to hit, and now with more peace of mind playing in the right field… In yesterday’s game, Soto was 3-1 and his average is .198, Manny Machado is 5 -1 and is batting .220… Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 and drove in 5 runs, adding his third home run of the year. He is a tough old man.

THREE IN A ROW: Three Angels batters hit straight home runs in the team’s 4-3 victory over Kansas City on Sunday. The feat occurred in the 6th. inning when it was pulled out by Taylor Ward, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani… The win was pitcher Jordan Lyles and Kansas City has lost 11 of its last 13 (season record a meager 5-17). For Trout it was his 5th… Likewise for Ohtani…The Angels are 11-11 in wins and losses.

ENRACHED: Within the entire MLB, the big news in recent days is that the Pittsburgh Pirates have won 7 in a row, have a 16-7 record and lead the National League Central. Really? That’s right, yesterday they beat Cincinnati 2-0 with seven 2-hit innings by Mr. Vince Velasquez (3-2 and 3.76). And what about the Pirates? Is it spring fever? The other news is that the Baltimore Orioles have a six-win streak and a 14-7 record, second place in the East.

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