By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
The story of the young and talented right-hander from Spiritus Roberto Hernandez bordering on unbelievable. After shining on Cuban grounds in the lower categories, he left the island in 2016 with his father in search of a professional baseball signature, a goal he achieved in 2017, after getting a $ 320,000 contract with the Indians of Cleveland. But that’s where the interesting began …
After pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2018, the fast right-hander decided to abandon his professional contract and return to Cuba with his family and a newborn son, in an attitude unprecedented in the history of Cuban ball. The first time that an Antillean player leaves Cuba, he signs a contract with a Las Mayores franchise and decides to return to the island suddenly.
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«I thought that, yes, I could have all the fame in the world, money, cars, jewelry … but I was not going to have the support of my family as close as here when I was pitching in the youth teams, in Cuba, I have a child of about two months, that also led me to make that decision, I don’t want my baby to spend his childhood away from his father … », express the serpentinero from Spiritus in 2018, to the journalist Elsa Ramos from the Escambray Newspaper.
After his return to Cuba, Hernández joined the baseball of his province and pitched in two National Series with the Gallos, during the 59th and 60th editions of Cuban baseball. However, countless injuries have prevented him from accumulating more than five games thrown on the island, with a 0-1 balance, 1.93 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, with five strikeouts and four walks, in addition to an average rival. of .200, numbers that demonstrate its quality, but very limited by physical reasons.
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Just a few weeks ago, the real possibility of Roberto joining the Sancti Spíritus team for Series 61 was a total unknown, since the right-hander had just thrown in the Gallos training with a view to the upcoming campaign that will start on 23 next January and very little had been said about him.
However, in recent days, a publication by the journalist Maikel Martín Gallego on his Facebook profile returned the hopes of the Yayaberos to have the services of the talented pitcher from the mound again.
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“This Thursday the members of the Sancti Spíritus Baseball preselection team played with each other, divided into two teams, at the José Antonio Huelga stadium with the aim of forming the set of roosters that will represent the territory in the upcoming 61 National Series,” he wrote the journalist in his social network.
«In a conversation held by phone with Freddy Mario Rodríguez, one of the pitching coaches, in the challenge, Yaguajay right-hander Roberto Hernández Navarro threw (2.0) innings. The technician pointed out that he was observed well, effectively and with quality in his shipments. Let’s hope the boy can launch in the campaign that will begin on January 23, 2022 with the opening game between Granma and Matanzas, “added Martín Gallego.
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Although the return of Roberto Hernández to the roosters for Series 61 has not yet been confirmed, his name appeared in the list offered by the baseball authorities in the province In the last update of the Spiritus preselection for next season and his most recent exit to the box in the preparation matches, they indicate that he could be in a position to make the grade, a very important addition for manager Eriel Sánchez in order to meet the objective of the set to remain among the best in Cuba.
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