By Migue Guerra
On more than one occasion, the star pitcher of the Industriales Odrisamer Despaigne has expressed that the team of his life is the Industriales, a fact that denotes humility and roots in their origins.
With his peculiar and unmatched way of wearing the cap, the capital right has demonstrated his talent throughout his sports career, with excellent results since his participation in the National Series and with the Cuban national team.
At the highest level of world baseball, the major leagues, he played with the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, the Angels Angels and the Chicago White Sox. Where he managed to win 13 games, he pitched a total of 363 innings with 224 strikeouts, maintained a 1.45 WHIP, maintained a 5.11 ERA and saw action in 109 games.
Odrisamer Despaigne currently plays in the KT Wiz team belonging to the KBO league in South Korea, where he has shown all his quality and talent despite being considered a veteran pitcher.
On the night of Wednesday April 28, 2021 in the night space of our YouTube channel, the “Complete Swing Show”, we had the presence of the beloved serpentine player, where between laughter and moments of beautiful anecdotes He told us about his beginnings in baseball.
Here are some of his words:
“I think from my mother’s belly. My dad played baseball too and my uncle, I come from a baseball family, from a very young age I was always in the stadium. I shared with the Industriales teams of the nineties, great teams where Javier Méndez, Lázaro Vargas, Germán Mesa, Lázaro de la Torre, Lázaro Valle, El Duke, Euclides Rojas were, I shared with them from a very young age. “
“When I was four or five years old, I was in the stadium with them, I traveled with them on the bus. There was no other way he wasn’t a player. “
At what age was the first time you put on a glove and entered a ball court.
“I have been on the field for as long as I can remember. When I started playing as official it was when I was ten or eleven years old, because my father said to study first, it was difficult, I loved ball, I really liked statistics and watching ball games. “
“How at the age of ten or eleven there was a tournament for the school in the Habana Vieja municipality, I practically organized and directed the team at the age of eleven, I myself made the team with the people from the school and those who I knew that more or less played well. “
“We participated in the tournament and even reached the final, for the first time we played like this official.”
“At that age he pitched and had to play catcher because people were scared. When I was throwing there was only one who could receive me, and then while I was not throwing I was a catcher too. “
Who was the first person to notice your talent.
“Darío Lozada, was the first coach at the base, there he recruited me for the preselection of the Old Havana team to play the provincial one. There was him and another coach, Reinol, who was the first pitching coach I had. “
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