That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Venezuelan players do not want to go back to their country; Tigers Cabrera threaten with death if he goes back

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) reacts to fans during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES–Venezuela just had a national election, but it was basically an exercise to solidify the current government of Nicolas Maduro. His party changed the Constituion of Venezuela to his favor. He was affiliated with the late Hugo Chavez. Hugo Chavez is the guy that was a huge fan of Cuba’s communist dictator, the late Fidel Castro. So we all know where this is going. You do not need a Political Science degree from Yale to know that Venezuela has turn to the “left”but not just a little bit…they are going down the path of Cuba.

In other words, expect Venezuela to become another Cuba. The government will ruin everything, and the average citizen will have little say on what happens Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. Lago Maracaibo (Maracaibo Lake) is one of the richest oil producing areas in the world. But those riches are no good for the average citizen of Venezuela, if the country continues to be mismanaged.

One of the most famous Venezuelan players is Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, whom some day after he retires will be enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Cabrera also was begging the Venezuelan government not to hurt his family and saying he was told by pro-government people he would be killed if he returned to the country. Cabrera has posted in social media his feelings against the Nicolas Maduro government, as well as Francisco Cervelli, Carlos Gonzalez and many other Venezuelan players here in the major leagues.A recent study showed that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds, for shortages of food.

They are killing Flaming and Anteaters and God knows what else, to stave off hunger. Venezuelans suffer shortages of the most basic goods, from food to medicine, amid triple-digit inflation and a nearly 80 percent currency collapse in the last year. This is the result of Socialism,Communism.and maybe our colleges and universities here in thre US, should talk about that and tell our young people what does that system of government means for the people who basically lose all their rights to a centralized government. I think that will be much more important that the “Gender Studies”taught today in our school.

I hope and pray for the people of Venezuela. By the way (since somebody asked me recently) all the Venezuelan players are here in the United States legally as residents, who play in the major leagues and used to return to Venezuela in the winter to play ball, some others just to spend the off-season with their families. Others have become US Naturalized citizens.So as far as immigration they could always offer “exile”to the Venezuelan players here in the United States if they wish not to return to their homeland.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish TV voice for the Angels, the Spanish radio voice for the A’s, and does News and Commentary each week at


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