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Another superstar pitcher from Venezuela was signed by the New York Mets last week.
Francisco Rodriguez (or “K-Rod”) grew up outside of Caracas, where he first set foot on a baseball diamond at his grandmother’s insistence at age seven. She simply wanted to get him out of the house.
Now he has gone on to become one of the most promising names in Major League Baseball. At 20, he helped the Angels win the World Series, becoming the youngest member of any team to win the title. This year, at 26, he set a record for the greatest number of saves in one season.
The Mets signed K-Rod for three years at a rumored $37 million. Find out more in an in-depth feature article from the New York Daily News.
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Although football stole the show this weekend because of the Super Bowl, Venezuela’s star baseball player Johan Santana continues to make headlines.
Today, the New York Daily News calls Santana “The Spirit of Venezuela.” The baseball field in his home town of Tovar, Venezuela proudly announces, “Welcome to The Territory of Johan Santana.”
A scout from the Houston Astros first noticed the budding Venezuelan player back in 1994, when Santana was only 15 years old. The first contract he signed with the Astros — at the age of 16 — was worth $15,000.
Back then, perhaps no one would have predicted the extent of Santana’s achievements, for he has just become the highest-paid pitcher in the U.S. Last Friday, the Venezuelan star signed a seven-year contract with the New York Mets that is worth an astounding $151 million.
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