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He spent seven years in the Siberia of baseball, but never quit. Now this player sees his dream come true in Miami


Brian Navarreto spent seven years in the Minor Leagues and is not ashamed to reveal that more than once he thought about leaving everything and looking for his life in another way. He spent so much time in lost towns of the American geography that he himself wondered if perhaps he too was a little lost in his career.

But something told him that he should continue, that his day would appear later, as if he were walking towards a distant horizon, but possible. Finally, on Sunday Navarreto saw the light at the end of the tunnel when the fish called him to wear the uniform in times of trouble for the club.

“Yes, there were times when I wanted to abandon everything, but thanks to my parents I never lost my way,” Navarreto said. “He told me that today’s work would serve me for tomorrow and in this Major League debut many hours of work are summarized. When I sat in my dressing room, I thought about all that amount of work. ”

It’s easy to say, but being on the farm for seven seasons from Rookie Class to Double-A, from being chosen in the sixth round of the Draft by the Twins to being signed by the Marlins in the preseason, including stays in the Leagues. Winters in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic … it takes a lot of patience and confidence to stay on the track.

Something that explains why Navarrete never promoted before may be a .214 / .268 / .307 offensive line with a .572 OPS. His average never exceeded the .246 mark, nor did he hit more than six home runs or drive in more than 28 runs in those contests.

So the Marlins didn’t sign him because of the strength of his attack, but those who have seen him on defense highlight his solid work driving the pitch and his ability to control running backs on the pads. ‘

The interesting thing is that the masked Puerto Rico hit a couple of hits in his debut against the Nationals, that’s why he has a special destiny for those two balls that rolled through the grass of the park in Washington.

“They are going to be at my mother’s house,” said the Puerto Rican, to whom the doors were opened when Francisco Cervelli went to the disabled list with a concussion. “She has like a museum. With things from all the places I’ve played. She has it all. So this will be special for her. ”

A WORLD OF CHANGES, AS IS USUAL

A new day and new moves for the Marlins that reinstated Eddy Alvarez from the Paternity List and sent him along with pitcher Brandon Leibrandt to Jupiter, from where they called first baseman Lewin Díaz to the big team, and pitchers Jorge Guzmán and Jesús Tinoco .

Similarly, the fish designated Sterling Sharp for assignment and placed Stephen Tarpley on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique muscle injury.

THIS TUESDAY DOUBLE DAY, WITH RODGERS INCLUDED?

After the Mets tested negative for COVID-19, they will try to make up for lost time and this Tuesday they will celebrate a double game starting at 5:00 PM with Miami as a visiting team in the first and as local for the second. .

Several press rumors linked the pitching prospect Trevor Rodgers to perform in one of those games, as happened a couple of days ago with another great promise from the mound Sixto Sánchez.

Jorge Ebro is a prominent journalist with more than 30 years of experience reporting on Sports. Baseball lover and lost love of boxing.




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