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Doubleday: 2 daily games and its invention

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

“If CAA Sports managed to sign Shohei Ohtani for $700 million, how much do you think I should demand for my client, Juan Soto?… Scott Boras

Today, Tuesday and tomorrow, are Mail Days. Please send me your full name and the town or city where you are writing to me from. Very thankful.

Rosiland Procuna, from Los Angeles, asks: “Is it true that there have been Mexican Major League players who never played in Mexico?”

Friend Shila: According to “Puro Beisbol”, that is true and they say there have been 10. But there are only nine, since Ben Greenwood, whom they include, is Irish. The nine truly natives of Mexico are the following and the first four are already retired: Jesse Flores, Luis Gómez, Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Luis Cessa, Julio Urías, Alejandro Kirk, Andrés Muñoz, Luis González.

They also include Andrés Nuñoz, but Muñoz was born in Los Mochis.

Carlos Castro, from Baruta, asks: “What is the cause of the reduction in the number of Puerto Rican players in the Major Leagues?”

Amigo Chalo: Borinquen has always had tremendous big leaguers, like Roberto Clemente, Roberto Alomar and Iván Rodríguez. But they have never been numerous per season, like the Cubans before and the Dominicans now.

Héctor Peña, from Los Teques, asks: "Is it true that pitcher Al Spalding started two games in the same day, the 'Spalding' balls were manufactured by him and he is in the Hall of Fame?"

Friend Jeity: Albert Goodwill Spalding pitched in the Major Leagues from 1871 to 1878, his record, 252-65, 2.14, 248 strikeouts, hit 313 and drove in 338 runs. He did open two games in one day several times. 'Spalding' balls and bats were his industry, maybe later, gloves later, when they were invented. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.

He also invented the lie that Abner Doubleday was the creator of baseball.

Roberto M. Elston of the Bronx asks: “Where is a Cubs shortstop named Jefferson Rojas from?”

Friend Beto: He is from Puerto Plata, Dominican, 19 years old, classified among the best. He hit very well in 2023 and is an athlete of remarkable skills.

Ramayo Peñaloza M. from Caracas, asks: “Is there a difference between how Casey Stengel and Sparky Anderson managed and how today's managers do it?”

Friend Mayo: Of course. Those managers were generals in chief, those of now are public relations executives.

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

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