By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
In the last hours of the year 2021, just on December 31, met that Cuban player Maikel Azcuy was inducted into the British Baseball Hall of Fame (BBHOF) along with three other players, to be part of a group of 44 consecrated people in that historic English seat, for their superlative contributions to the Great Britain baseball.
“The quality of the candidates on the ballot (…) is clear, given that this year’s members include the all-time home run leader Maikel Azcuy, a two-way star from a professional league in Julian Dodwell, a pitcher. clutch on Martyn Dutton, and JG Lee, a player from England who raised large sums in support of soldiers wounded in World War I, “said Gabriel Fidler, president of the BBHOF.
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Azcuy, 38, a native of Pinar del Río, obtained the honor of being chosen in his first year on the ballot, a similar distinction to Dutton, who along with Dodwell were selected by the so-called “Modern Committee.” The fourth awarded player, JG Lee, played for England in the first game played by the national team of that country and his exaltation was proposed by the Historical Committee.
“The four selected highlight the rich history of baseball in Great Britain, covering 12 decades and 35 competitions staged by the English and British national teams. They include members of 12 British Championship winning teams, from Tottenham Hotspur in 1908 to Southampton Mustangs in 2016, ”added Fidler.
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According reported journalist Francys Romero in a publication on the subject, Maikel Azcuy left Cuba in 2005 and is the son of Fidel Azcuy, who was a pitcher for the Pinar del Río teams during nine National Series of Cuban ball. Fidel was crowned champion with Vegueros in 1981, 1985 and 1988, being the leader in clean average of the 15th edition of the Selective Series (1989) with 2.85.
In addition, Maikel is the nephew of Lazaro Azcuy, also a pitcher with nine seasons played on the island during the eighties of the last century, twice national champion and leader in saves (8) in the 23rd edition of the National Series (1983-1984).
In his prolific 12-season career in the main British baseball league, the native of Pinar del Río was crowned champion with five different teams: Southern Nationals (2011), Harlow Nationals (2012 and 2013), Essex Arrows (2014) and Southampton Mustangs (2016). ). In addition, he has the highest accumulated home runs (45), hits (322) and RBIs (273) in English baseball, is second all-time in doubles (68) and triples (13) and third in runs scored (258) . He has a historical average of .444, an OBP of .517 and a slugging average of .750
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The defender of third base, he won the Triple Crown in batting in 2015, with an average of .467, six home runs and 28 RBIs, taking the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the British championship, playing for the Herts Falcons. In 2017, he was once again recognized as the MVP of the tournament.
Among other important honors within Great Britain baseball, Azcuy reached the batting lead in 2015 and 2017, four times in home runs (2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016), sometimes even at the top, in addition to five career leads. boosted, four of them consecutive (2012 and 2014 to 2017).
Likewise, the third baseman from Pinar del Río was a member of Great Britain’s national teams since 2012, hitting above .300 of offensive average in six important tournaments in which he participated, including three European Championships and the IV World Classic Qualifier held in 2016.
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