On Sunday we went to see Las Piñatas de Erie (also know as the Erie SeaWolves) at Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (also known as the Bowie Baysox) in Bowie’s first Copa de la Diversión game of the season. During the 7th Inning Stretch, we sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in Spanish. It was awesome!
So that you can sing along when you attend a Copa game, I’ve posted the lyrics below and a version to sing along with!
Llévame al juego de beisbol
Llévame a la multitud
Compremos manies y unos cracker jack
No me importa si vuelvo jamás
Apoyemos a nuestro equipo
Y si no ganan también
Porque es un, dos, tres y ponchado en el juego de beisbol
And to be truly bilingual:
Eric Pardinho (photo courtesy of milb.com)
Recently, the roster of the Brazilian National Baseball Team (such as for the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic) included players on minor league teams, such as the Lexington Legends, Pulaski Mariners, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Jackson Generals, and Bluefield Blue Jays. There were also players on Venezuelan Summer League rosters as well as college rosters and Japanese Baseball League rosters. So, are any of them still in baseball and who will be the next to make it to the Major Leagues?
Two that might make it are Eric Pardinho and Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Takahashi. Pardinho, a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, is just 18 years old. He is currently ranked number 4 on the Blue Jays’ top prospects list and is the number 88 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. In 2017 at age 16, Pardinho signed with the Blue Jays for a $1.4 million bonus. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Last season he had a 2.88 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings. Pardinho was sent to extended spring training in March after experiencing elbow soreness.
Bo Takahashi (photo courtesy of milb.com)
Takahashi, another pitcher, currently plays for the Jackson Generals, the double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2018, between the Visalia Rawhide (A-advanced) and Jackson, Takahashi had a 4.03 ERA, 130 strikeouts, and a 6-6 record in 23 games. The 22-year old Takahashi signed with the Diamondbacks in 2013, when he was 16 years old.
Kudos to the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks for truly being international organizations!
Brazilian National Baseball Team. (Photo courtesy of the World Baseball Softball Confederation at wbsc.org.)
Last week I asked what the first five MLB players from Brazil had in common, other than being born in Brazil. The answer? They’ve all been members of the Brazilian National Baseball Team and all participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Well, sort of.
In 2013, the World Baseball Classic was played for the third time, with Brazil playing for the first time. Qualifying tournaments were held in 2012. Yan Gomes was on the Brazilian team for the qualifier, but decided to skip the Classic in 2013 so he could focus on earning a roster spot with the Cleveland Indians (which he did). The remaining members of Brazil’s First Five – Andre Rienzo, Paulo Orlando, Thyago Vieira, and Luiz Gohara – were all on the roster for the 2013 Classic. Like Gomes, however, Gohara, who was only 16 at the time, opted to focus on his career in the Mariners’ farm system. (Gohara had signed with the Mariners in August 2012 and had been assigned to the Mariners Venezuelan Summer League team.)
Rienzo, Orlando, and Vieira stayed with the team for the 2013 tournament. Vieira was the saves leader of the tournament, saving 2 games. Rienzo lead the tournament in walks, with 5. Team Brazil was eliminated in the first round and ended up in 14th place (out of 16).
Rienzo and Vieira were also on the roster for Brazil for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifier (along with Dante Bichette, Jr., and his younger brother Bo), but the team did not qualify for the 2017 WBC. Rienzo and Vieira also were on the roster for Brazil for the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier held between January 29 and February 3. Unfortunately, they did not qualify for the 2019 Games (the contenders will be Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico).
More on Brazilian baseball tomorrow – so stay tuned!
Every once in awhile a team has a promotional giveaway that makes me wish I could just take time off from my day job and hop in a plane or car to go to a game so I could get that cool giveaway. Last year it was the Hartford Yard Goats’ Goat Yoga Bobblehead. This year it is the “Child of Immigrants” t-shirt from the Fresno Grizzlies.
I don’t know enough about the Nationals new triple-A team or Fresno, to know if this is a political statement or just a shout-out to the area. Maybe its just the Baseball Sociologist in me, but I LOVE this t-shirt! They’re giving it away for this week’s T-Shirt Thursday. You have just about a day left to order your tickets for Thursday’s game where you can pick up this totally cool shirt during the game.
As I mentioned Tuesday, seeing Thyago Vieira pitch against the Baltimore Orioles piqued my interest in Brazilian MLB players. Vieira was called up to be the 26th man in the Orioles-White Sox double header on May 1. After pitching two innings and getting the win, he was sent back to the triple-A Charlotte Knights the next day. Vieira, age 25, is the fourth Brazilian-born player to make it to the Major Leagues. The Mariners signed him to a minor league contract in November 2010. In 2013, he was the closer for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic. On August 14, 2017, after six and a half season in the minors, he made his major league debut with the Mariners. Just before his MLB call-up, with was interviewed in an article on MiLB.com, in which he stated, “’If I can make it in the big leagues, it’s going to be really nice, for me and all Brazilian players. Because we know we can open the door for the next guys coming. That’s amazing. I want to help Brazil. I want to tell the people that hey, Brazil has talent in baseball.’”
On September 6, 2017, a few weeks after Vieira made his MLB debut, Luiz Gohara debuted with the Atlanta Braves. Gohara was born in Tupa, Brazil, on July 31, 1996, and signed with the Seattle Mariners as an international free agent in 2012, at the age of 16. In 2017, he was traded to the Braves, and began the season with the season with the A-advanced Florida Fire Frogs. He was promoted to the double-A Mississippi Braves in May and to the triple-A Gwinnett Braves in July. Gohara was called up to the Braves in September of 2017. In 2018, he spent time with in Mississippi, Gwinnett, and Atlanta, and was assigned to Gwinnett at the start of the 2019 season.
So, what do the five players from Brazil have in common, other than being from Brazil? We’ll explore that more next week.
Andre Rienzo with the Chicago White Sox in 2013. Photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia).
Yesterday I mentioned that Yan Gomes was the first Major League Baseball player born in Brazil. So who were the second and third Brazilians to play baseball? Andre Rienzo made his Major League debut on July 30, 2013, and Paulo Orlando debuted on April 9, 2015.
Andre Rienzo signed with the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent in 2006. He played for the White Sox in 2013 and 2014 and was traded to the Miami Marlins for the 2015 season. He was sent to the minors in 2016, then signed a minor league contract with the Padres for the 2017 season. Since 2018, he’s played for the Monclova Acereros of the Mexican League.
Paulo Orlando with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2014. Photo by Minda Haas (via Wikipedia).
Paulo Orlando, the third Brazilian to reach the Major Leagues, began his baseball career in 2005, playing in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. He was signed by the White Sox in 2005, then traded to the Royals in 2008. He spent time with both the Royals and their triple-A club in 2014 and 2015, was with the Royals in 2016, and again split time between the Royals and their minor league teams in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers and is currently with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Stay tuned for more information on Brazilian baseball!
Does anyone know anyone who works on the ground crew of a Minor League Baseball team? Because I want to know what they really think about having to perform during the game – like the grounds crew at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats:
Now, I looked up job announcements for grounds keepers and grounds crew members, and not a one of them mentioned having to do the “YMCA” thing. However, they did mention “Other duties as assigned” and “Various other duties as required” – so perhaps that covers it.