Ramiro Helmeyer – A Baseball Mitt or Baseball Glove
All of us assume that the baseball mitt or glove has always been there. But the true of the matter is that when baseball started to became popular, there was not such a thing as a glove for catchers to use. They caught the ball bare hand. As a matter of fact the transition to the use of the baseball mitt was kind of slow.
Mayor manufacturers of baseball gloves are Akadema, Easton, Hillerich & Bradsby, Mizuno, NIke, Nokona and Rawlings, among others.
The baseball bat is a club made of wood or metal. THe bat should not weight more tan 0.98 grams. By swinging the bat with both hands, the batter attempts to score a point by taken the ball out of the field and run the bases or allow other players to run them and get to home.
Maple wood has been used for a long time to produce bats and that has generated some controversy. They are likely to brake and have even been banned from minor leagues for fear of some children getting hurt.
Everybody likes baseball and of course, a baseball ball is crucial in the sport because, isn’t it the point of the game to deal with this little round object? Everything is about throwing the ball, catching it, batting it, touching it, etc. But, where did it come from in the first place?
A legend says that the first baseball ball was invented in 1839 by a student in Cooperstown, New York. Anyhow, being this the case or not, what is sure is that it evolved from the game of cricket and went thru a number of transformations till it became the ball we know today. It is speculated that the first balls had a rigid center that could have been a walnut or a rock. Then yarn or string was rolled around this solid nucleus and then all was encased in leather. The process refined during the years in such a way that we finally had what today is known as the official baseball ball.
After some considerable time without hitting the baseball fields, Gustavo Chacin has been given a chance to play again this time by the hand of Navegantes del Magallanes. This native from Maracaibo, Venezuela, is planning to take advantage of this opportunity and demonstrate that he can still play as good enough as to be given another chance in the big leagues.
Chacin has not played in the big Stadiums of North America since 2010 when he was signed by Houston Astros. He signed later on with the New York Mets to play in the minor leagues but didn’t make it to tha mayors.
Leones del Caracas defeated Aguilas del Zulia in its own home stadium, the Estadium Universitario de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, wining with a score of two home runs by 1. This is the 34th winning for Leones.
There is an schedule game with Bravos de Margarita in the same stadium. Jesus “Chucho” Guzmán help the score of Caracas this time and all followers of this team are very happy and proud of their accomplishments.
Ernesto Mejia, the slugger of Aguilas del Zulia, sank Leones del Caracas with two hits that helped Aguilas del Zulia score two home runs and climb to the top of the score board over Leones de Caracas.
When asked about his prowess, he said he preferred to think of it as a group effort more than an individual achievement. He also expressed his willingness to help his team reach the first place in this competition.
Magallanes defeated Tiburones de la Guaira 13 by 4, reaching their record of 4 games won in one championship. This record has been attained by the team in two occasion now, being this one the second. Luis Sojo, manager of the team, said that their strategy was a straight attack from the very beginning of the game, which proved to be successful.
All the star players of the team such as Carlos Zambrano and Jose Altuve among others gave their best in order to take Navegantes del Magallanes to the advantageous position it now has in the championship.
Defensive strategies from Cardenales de Lara players took their toll, as we said before. Supporters of both teams are following attentively the incidences of the matches and hoping for the players of their respective teams to do their best in order to win games.
Since his arrival in Venezuela, Carlos Zambrano has traveled around with Magallanes and hasn’t stop training. There is an intensive session of jogging, running, stretching crunches, all this under the sun everyday. “I am even eating healthier than ever, only chicken and broccoli, no sodas”, he says. He has dropped 15 kilograms so far.
Wilmer Pineda, his trainer, declares: “We have done a very integral work on him since his time with the Miami Marlins. The routine is being adapted according to the circumstances. After some pitching sessions some aerobic work is done. After that, some anaerobics such as weightlifting is done”.