By Yasel Porto
Since the end of the 2021 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves champions, the ultra-media and no less stellar Cuban baseball player Yulieski Gurriel had been away from all kinds of public spaces beyond the posts that he and his brother Yuniesky posted on their official Instagram and Facebook profiles.
The batting champion of the last season within the American League decided to take a complete break during the end of the year and the beginning of this 2022 in which controversy surrounded his figure after the refusal of the authorities of his country of origin of return temporarily to join the family that still remains on the Caribbean island.
Well, this Friday at 8:30 pm on The YouTube Show of the Swing Complete channel, the popular and controversial first baseman for the Astros will speak for the first time in several months. In fact, the Sancti Spíritus and Industriales player in the Cuban National Series between 2002 and 2016 had not spoken live since the 2021 playoff press conferences.
Last year, the winner of the Gold Glove of the most recent campaign participated on several occasions within this segment where more than 80 retired and active players have been present.
The fundamental topics will be focused on his most recent past, that is, the most important thing that has happened since the beginning of last season to date, where there have undoubtedly been a good number of striking events on and off the pitch.
At 37 years old, Gurriel carries out a strong training with his older brother for when the MLB and the Players Union finish agreeing and starting the new baseball contest of the so-called “Big Show” trying to perform at a high level despite at an age that not everyone assumes it with a high level.
Yuli compiled for .319 and also added 81 RBIs and 15 homers in the most recent just major league. His offensive line was completed with a .383 OBP, a .462 slugging percentage and an .846 OPS.. No Cuban in the National Series had achieved a batting crown and in general there had been no one born on the Island to achieve that feat since Tony Oliva from Pinar del Río in 1971 (he also did it in 1964 and 1965).
It was an excellent year in which happiness was about to be complete when the Astros discussed the World Series title, staying with the supremacy of the new circuit after eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the Championship Series. Individually, the presence in the All-Star Game was lacking, something that many consider was due to him on his own merit, while others point out that those who attended surpassed him in certain weight parameters.
This and other topics of interest, including his frustrated trip to Cuba, will be discussed by someone who many consider to be one of the most stellar Cuban baseball players in history. Remember that you are also the protagonist of our spaces, so you can prepare your questions for the Sancti Spiritus
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Yulieski Gurriel BREAKS SILENCE with his 1st interview in a long time