Los Tigres del Licey will go out in search of their 22nd crown in Dominican winter baseball, trying to break the tie with the current champions, Águilas Cibaeñas
A new era has arrived for Tigres del Licey, who will seek to take a new winning course and leave behind four years of “drought”. In this regard, the new general manager of the team spoke, Carlos Jose Lugo, who detailed some of the preparations for next season, including names of players with whom he will start the year and the start date of preseason training.
As for players, Lugo hopes to have an important nucleus of veterans who have already gathered in the Dominican ball, such as the brothers Emilio and Jorge Bonifacio, as well as Cesar Valdez, who was released by Baltimore Orioles several weeks ago. Other well-known names that the manager mentioned were Hanley ramirez and Nomar mazara, with whom he has already had conversations and although he does not expect them to join the first day of the season, he understands that it will not be long before they join the team if they decide to do so.
One of the more interesting names you mentioned that particularly there is a very high possibility that the Tigres del Licey count on the gardener Ramon Laureano from Oakland Athletics, who is serving a suspension in MLB for a violation of the league’s performance enhancement substance protocol. He also commented that the blue team does not expect to have the designated hitter Yermin Mercedes from the beginning of the training sessions, but that eventually he understands that he will put on the team’s jersey and join it.
Finally, he referred to the case of Adalberto Mondesí, who has had an injury-plagued year with Kansas City Royals. He confessed that, so far, the Licey He has not had conversations with the team about plans with the Dominican shortstop, but he hopes to communicate with them soon.
The Licey hopes his veteran players can have positive chemistry with some of those selected in the Rookie Draft LIDOM 2021, as well as imported players in order to create a contending team for the upcoming winter ball season.
Lugo also indicated in the Dominican radio space, Grandes en los Deportes, that it would be on October 4 when the Tigres del Licey formally begin their training sessions, thus joining the other squads (Gigantes, Águilas, Escogido and Toros) that have made the formal announcement of the start of said stage prior to the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) tournament.