Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-29-08

*Venezuelan League*

Jose Rada (GCL): Did not pitch for Aragua.
Former Memphis Redbird Armando Rios went 2-for-4 for Caracas.
Caracas slipped by Aragua 3-2: Boxscore

Thursday's game (best of seven):
Aragua visits Caracas @ 7:30pm VST, Caracas leads the Championship Series 3-2.

*Nicaraguan National Championship*

Begins play January 31.
Former DSL Cardinals Walter Santos and Edgard Montiel are listed on the Boer-Managua roster.

*Dominican Republic League*

Tigres de Licey held a celebration and parade a couple days ago in the city of Santo Domingo: Link
The crowd was said to very excited about Amaury Marti (Memphis). Marti said he came to win a championship with Licey.
Ex-Cardinals Ronnie Belliard, Timo Perez, Jorge Sosa, and D' Angelo Jimenez were also involved in the parade.
There was an accident that injured Belliard's brother and he had to leave for the hospital: Link

Great article from January 6 on Marti: Link

*Colombian League*

President of the LCBP and brother of Edgar Renteria, Edison, will gather of his representatives and take a trip to the Mexico on Febuary 2 to make another plee to enter the Caribbean Series. They are hoping to build a stadium that is up to standards for the series and hope to host it in either 2010 or 2011: Link

*Caribbean Series*

Opening Day February 2:
Venezuela (N/A) vs. Dominican Republic (Licey)
Puerto Rico (Ponce) vs. Mexican Pacific (Mazatlan)

Ponce will start former Memphis Redbird Eli Marrero in the first game with former Memphis Redbird Robinson Cancel starting three of the next six games: Link

Ex-Cardinal Fernando Tatis will join Licey when they begin play in Mexico for the series: Link
Tatis played for Estrellas during the winter season. Amuary Marti (Memphis) is confirmed as being on the roster also.

*World Baseball Classic*

Albert Pujols (St. Louis) arrived in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to join the players for practicing, says he's 100%: Link

New York Mets' team doctors have not given clearance to Johan Santana to pitch for Venezuela in the WBC. He was examined and given the ok there, but they still want to see him train before giving the green light. Mets GM Omar Minaya says he has not refused permission for Santan to pitch in the classic: Link

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