The Puerto Rican artist Daddy Yankee, self-styled “The boss” of reggaeton, began to visualize what will be the next season of the Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Lbprc).
The singer, who is co-owner and shareholder of the ninth, is in talks to recruit Lino Rivera as administrator and president of the team to replace Justo Moreno, according to The Gondol portal on Wednesday night.
Rivera confirmed the interest of Raymond Ayala, the singer’s first name, with whom he has great ties of friendship, to replace Moreno, who will leave office after five years, a runner-up and two titles to dedicate himself to his family who lives in United States.
“There has been an approach of the Crabbers towards me. Everything is still in dialogue with Daddy Yankee, who approached me, as did Tom (Axon, the team’s owner). He is just in retirement plans and if so, they are considering me. I cannot deny that there are conversations. They have knocked on doors for me to work with the Cangrejeros, but it is not official. It is being talked about and as soon as we get together and some things are achieved, there is a possibility that I will be (the manager and president of the Cangrejeros),” Rivera told THE SPOKESPERSON.
The prominent manager commented that they are waiting for Daddy Yankee to confirm his availability to finalize the final details of the contract.
Rivera, who has won titles in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, would assume a position like that for the first time.
“It would be something extraordinary and new. Another facet of my career. But it is not official yet, although I would take it (the job) for my children and because we want to help the Cangrejeros and baseball in Puerto Rico,” Rivera commented.
“But Raymond emphasized me to work for youth. I have known him since he was young because I am related to his father and mother. We are very close. Music has always been his thing, but he has also really liked sports. We have a very respectful friendship and hopefully we can join forces to help Puerto Rican baseball and the youth of this country,” he added.
In the Puerto Rican winter league, Rivera won two consecutive titles with the Carolina Giants in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, and one with the Caguas Criollos in 2010-11.
In addition, he was runner-up with Caguas, in 2009-10 and 2011-12, and Mayagüez, in 2015-16.
In 2020, he lifted his first Caribbean Series title with the Toros del Este, from the Dominican Republic.
The Cangrejeros finished third in the regular series of the 2021-2022 season and were eliminated in the semifinal series against the Criollos de Caguas.
Santurce raised the championship for the last in the 2019-2020 campaign.
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Daddy Yankee moves the chips with the Cangrejeros de Santurce