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When Ted Williams hit 406 in 1941

Enjoy a new installment of "En la Pelota" by Juan Vené

“When I was young I loved women, dancing and singing… Now, at 95, I like to sing”… JV

The Question of the Week: The Japanese, Shohei Ohtani, has been the most notable novelty in the Major Leagues in the last seven years, especially because he earns $700 million from the Dodgers for 10 seasons. And the Dominican, Juan Soto, is a forced comparison with him, because he is an extraordinary contact, power and patience hitter against pitchers. Who was the first native bigleaguer from the Dominican Republic and the first from Japan?

The Answer: Both reached the Majors with the Giants. The utility, Oswaldo Virgil, a native of Montecristi, in 1956, when that team was from New York; and the left-handed pitcher, Masanori Murakami, from Otsuki Yamanashi, in 1964, when the Giants were already based in San Francisco.

The Dominican, Orelvis Martínez, infielder of the Blue Jays, suspended without fees, for 80 games, for consuming "Clomiphene", affirms that he was unaware of the prohibition of that... Moral: Guys, in addition to learning to hit and throw, find out what is prohibited…

“Psychology is the science that tells one what one already knows, but in words that are not understood”… Joey Adams.

The Brewers, one of the five teams that have never won the World Series, have declared themselves in a battle to reach the October ball this time. After acquiring the Cy Young winner, Corbin Burnes, they achieved another with that trophy, the left-hander, Dallas Keuchel, who has been presented in the All-Star Game twice... Milwaukee leads the Central Division, with 48-33 and, When they were in the American League, in 1982, they lost the World Series to the Cardinals, 3-4… The five teams that have never drunk the champagne of victory in October: Rockies, Padres, Mariners, Rays and Brewers…

The next hitter with 400 or more may not be Luis Arráez from Yaracuya, who is now at 317, but rather the 26-year-old Californian, leftfielder for the Indians, Steven Kwan, who until yesterday was hitting 385, with 16 home runs... When in 1941, Ted Williams hit 406, had 183 hits, in 456 at-bats, 37 home runs, received 147 walks, drove in 120 runs, suffered 27 strikeouts. The Red Sox were second, after the Yankees…

“That friend of mine, the flight attendant, falls in love with all the pilots… Even the autopilot”… La Pimpi.

Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.

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