The Dominican third baseman missed the entire 2021 Major League season for his second violation of the performance-enhancing substance protocol
With the uneasiness that a rainy day brings to an open ballpark, the fourth game of the season was played between Tigres del Licey and Eastern Stars, this time in the Tetelo Vargas Stadium of San Pedro de Macorís.
The special thing about this match, obviously, was the announced debut of the second baseman from New York Mets, Robinson Cano, who returned to Dominican winter ball for the second year in a row, this time in preparation for the next season of MLB, after all of 2021 was lost due to suspension.
Spout He was not available to the press, despite the fact that the player was waited for hours on the field of play, he simply did not come out. Additionally, the team did not publish its lineup until 7:37 p.m., two minutes after the scheduled time for the start of the actions in the Tetelo Vargas. Adding to the bewilderment of whether the player would debut or not, given the rainy conditions of the day.
Tonight we receive the Tigres del Licey, that’s how we line up.
Jeremy Pena SS
Junior Lake LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Elehuris Montero 3B
Socrates Brito CF
Oscar Gonzalez RF
Sandber Pimentel 1B
Rodolfo Duran C
Gustavo Nunez 2B
Kutter Crawford P
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However, once the lineup came out, all doubts were dispelled and in the bottom of the first inning, before a loud standing ovation from his hometown, Robinson Cano took his first at-bat in which he grounded to second base, with the Licey squad playing in a special formation.
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The second baseman (who played designated hitter in the game) would end his night with one hit in four at-bats, in the eventual victory of the Eastern StarsBut every moment he stood in the batter’s box, the reaction from the crowd was the same, a huge standing ovation for the hometown.
There is no doubt that, for fans of the Stars, what happened in 2021 is of no consequence when it comes to seeing one of your superstars on the pitch, especially someone who has done a lot for your community.
LIDOM has become the perfect setting for Dominicans to see current and future stars in Big leagues. Count at the same time with Albert pujols and Robinson Cano on the circuit, in addition to the integrations of MLB players that teams keep announcing, he talks about how the league is viewed by level players.
The Stars are in the first place of the leaderboard and incorporating Spout evidently it will help the green cause or at least it thinks so Fernando Tatis, leader of the set.