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Several Astros players and staff members joined with other teams in posing with the Venezuela flag and signs that read “PAZ, TODOS UNIDOS, HERMANDAD” in Spanish in a plea for peace for a nation in crisis. The sign loosely translated in English reads “peace, together, brotherhood.”
Venezuela has seen an increase in violence in the last few weeks as the government has tried to subdue a protest movement. The Astros who posed together included native Venezuelans Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez, Jesus Guzman, Cesar Izturis, David Martinez, Carlos Perez, Gregario Petit and Ronald Torreyes. Players from other nations, such as Carlos Corporan and Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico, also participated, along with bullpen Javier Bracamonte and bullpen assistant Carlos Munoz, both of whom are from Venezuela.
Bracamonte, a native of Caracas, spoke following the display of unity and explained to reporters how difficult things are in the country. Bracamonte, who was a victim of violence himself three years ago when he was held at gunpoint during a bank robbery in his home country, is hesitant to take his daughter to Venezuela to meet his family.
“I want my daughter to know when I came from and see the neighborhood where I grew up,” he said. “I have brothers and sisters that want to see my daughter, but I’m a little afraid.”
Bracamonte was in Venezuela a few months ago for winter ball with J.D. Martinez, who’s from Miami, and he could sense the tension.
“I have two friends of mine that died very young of heart attacks, and I think it’s because of the stress of the whole country,” he said. “[While in winter ball] we didn’t do anything outside the hotel and just go to the ballpark and that’s what it was. I went to see my family for a few days and they didn’t do anything outside. I just went to the ballpark to the hotel to the ballpark.”
“The good thing is they have security for the players to go pick them up and drop them off at the hotel, and a bunch of those guys live in the hotel that way they feel safe. … It’s been tough. You see all the video. Right now there’s no media covering it because they’re kicking people out. The only thing you see is by phone or Facebook or Twitter and you see a lot of people filming.”
Munoz, who’s from Maracaibo, said it’s difficult for his family in his homeland to find basic supplies like food and soap.
“I think we’ve gone back like 60, 70 years,” he said.
The following is a breakdown of all the players in the Astros Minor League system who are rosters to play this fall and winter. The players listed belowon are the reserve lists for their respective clubs. This does not mean necessarily that they will play winter ball, just that they are on a roster.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Mesa Solar Sox — 3B Bobby Borchering, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Chia-Jen Lo, SS Jiovanni Mier (taxi squad), 1B Jonathan Singleton, LHP Alex Sogard, OF George Springer, P Nick Tropeano.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Toros del Este — LHP Fernando Abad, SS Jose Fernandez, C Cristian Moronta.
Gigante de Cibao — RHP Jose Ciserno, RHP Rhiner Cruz, RHP Enerio Del Rosario, OF Jimmy Paredes.
Leones de Escogido — RHP Jorge DeLeon, OF Fernando Martinez.
Tigres de Licey — RHP Juan Minaya, OF Domingo Santana, UT Ruben Sosa, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Henry Villar.
Aguilas Cibaenas — OF Emilio King, SS Jonathan Villar.
Estrellas Orientales — RHP Jose Trinidad.
MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Naranjeros de Hermosillo — RHP Edgar Gonzalez
Orientales de Granda — C Marlon Avea.
Tigres del Chinandega — OF Mesac Laguna.
Gigantes de Carolina — LHP Xavier Cedeno, C Carlos Corporan, C Rene Garcia, 2B Enrique Hernandez, C Jobduan Morales.
Criollos de Cagua — LHP Luis Cruz, OF Edwin Gomez, C Roberto Pena.
Indios de Mayaguez — SS Angel Sanchez.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Magallanes — 2B Jose Altuve, C Luis Alvarez, RHP Enderson Franco, LHP Gabriel Garcia, C Ernesto Genoves, RHP David Martinez, OF Jose Monzon, RHP Juri Perez, RHP Carlos Quevedo.
Leones de Caracas — OF Brandon Barnes, SS Marwin Gonzaelz, RHP Luis Ordosgoitti, C Carlos Perez
Aguilas de Zuila — RHP Elieser Hernandez, SS Kristian Trompiz, RHP Arcenio Leon, SS Arturo Michelena.
Tigres de Aragua — 2B Jose Martinez.