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Between Acuña and Arráez it is logical to choose Luis

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

“They say you have to be a good ballplayer to have good luck. But I believe that, on the contrary, you have to have good luck to be a good baseball player”… Pedro Martínez.

Today, like every Wednesday, is Mail Day. If you write to me, don't forget to send your full name and the town or city where you are writing. Thank you.

Ludovico Infante, from Culiacán, asks: “Whose phrase is it, “Other sports are a show once a week, but baseball is our daily show?”

Friend Ludo: It is by Peter Ueberroth and was repeated many times by Greg Maddux.

Antonio Sánchez, from Caracas, asks: “If you could choose only one for your team, between Ronald Acuña and Luis Arráez, who would you take?”

Friend Toño: To Luis, who is a very educated young man, with good manners and a player with few injuries.

Ricardo Marte, from Santo Domingo, asks: “When was baseball first played with the Rules written by Alexander Cartwright?”

Amigo Chardo: It happened on June 19, 1846, at Elysian Field, in Hoboken, New Jersey. The New York Nine played against the Knickerbocker. The Nine won.

Rutilio Santos M. from Orlando, asks: “Is it true that the good Babe Ruth was a tremendous delinquent in his adolescence?”

Aligo Yiyo: More like his childhood. Note that his parents managed to place him in the “St. Mary`s Industrial School for Boy”, in Baltimore, because they could not master it. The priests at that school did a great job with him. Not only did they educate him very well, but they also taught him how to play baseball.

José M. Pérez, from Los Angeles, asks: “How is it that you have written several times, that in the Major Leagues they played without gloves? I doubt it, because I haven't read it to anyone else."

Cheché Friend: You are free to doubt it. But the first Big League, the National Association, played all the time, 1871-1875, with bare hands. And the National League also in its first 10 years, 1876-1885.

Albert Goodwill Spalding had been experimenting with gloves since 1877; they were not prohibited, so some players used them on a trial basis. But it was in 1886, when an entire team used them for the first time, the New York Giants.

Of course, they were very small. They barely alleviated the impact of the ball against the hand.
It is allowed to doubt, but the truth is history and sooner or later it emerges for the better.

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

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