The presence of Mendy López made Caimanes de Barranquilla improve

Of the extensive group of Dominicans scattered in at least four of the visiting nations in the Caribbean Series, there is one of great importance and history in winter baseball: Mendy López. Of course, not in his capacity as an active player, but Mendy serves as the batting instructor for the Caimanes de Barranquilla, a team that entered the third date with an undefeated record of 2-0. Mendy, whose 61 home runs in Dominican baseball history, second only to Juan Francisco and a member of five champion Eagles teams, earned him induction into the country’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2020. Owner of a average of .257 in the local pastime, López was contacted by the Caymans board after completing the first three weeks of the championship in that nation, a team that urgently needed to improve its offense. A member of the team of instructors of the current monarchs, Gigantes del Cibao, the former player received permission to pack his luggage and go to this experience in Colombian baseball, a position he also assumes with the Pittsburgh Pirates, an organization in which he has worked for a long time. several years. “They contacted me and told me that if I could go there and join the team and after receiving the go-ahead I decided to do it,” said López, who infinitely thanked the Giants for having granted him permission. “When I arrived at the Caymans, the team was not playing well and thank God we were able to straighten it out and in the end lift the crown,” adds the former player, who played for 14 seasons in winter baseball, 12 of them with the Eagles. Gentlemanly and always dedicated to the causes of his teams, López remembers that at that time the club was not playing for .500 and then he got into a positive streak that allowed him to be in the top positions. Though Lopez doesn’t take credit for the success, what he does indicate is that he helped some hitters get better with the stake.

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