"El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas" honor Yanks Latino Hurlers • Latino Sports


“El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas” honor Yanks Latino Hurlers


New York – Il Sole restaurant on 233 Dyckman Street was the location of the final 2015 baseball luncheon held by the important radio baseball show “El Mundo de las Grandes Ligas” to recognize the work and effort made by Latino players of the New York City MLB clubs, the Yankees and Mets.

The hosts of the event, talented radio broadcasters Felix De Jesus, Sadiel Lebron, Ricky Ricardo and Nestor Rosario all did a professional job and showed their usual courtesy to all who attended.

The young and important New York Yankees hurlers Ivan Nova and Luis Severino were scheduled to be the guests of honor on Monday afternoon in the prestigious eatery in the Inwood section of Manhattan.

Unfortunately, Severino, the rookie hurler who gained his first major league win two days earlier was unable to attend. In addition to reporters who attended, two members of the Yankees organization were present to show their support to the young players scheduled to appear.

Scout Cesar Presbott and community relations representative Ray Negron attended. The two are often at community events to support both the players on the team and those who live in the community.

Ivan Nova was saluted as the player of the month. The native of Palenque in the Dominican Republic was gracious to all who attended. The 28 year old signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in the summer of 2004.

A Yankee fan as a child, Nova gave up the opportunity to receive a bigger bonus by choosing to sign with the Yankees. He began his years in the minors in 2006. He was a Rule V draftee of the San Diego Padres in 2009, but was returned to the Yankees.

He made his debut in the majors in May of 2010. He showed his potential to be a success in the majors in his true rookie season, 2011. He compiled an extremely impressive of mark of 16-4, finishing fourth in the voting for the Rookie-of-the-Year Award. In June of 2011, the rookie began a 15 game winning streak that did not end until May 2012. He missed one month with injuries during each of his next two seasons, but did win 12 games in 2012.

As happens to many pitchers today, Nova suffered a serious setback last year after pitching in only four games. He injured his right elbow ulnar collateral ligament and had to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Most of the questions he received at the question-and-answer period at the luncheon focused on his injury and comeback. He spoke of the difficulty of missing 14 months while still a young man who was desirous of competing.

When asked if he felt he had a responsibility to play in his native land, he commented, “It’s not an excuse, but I couldn’t play because of the injury and operation.”

He felt his “positive attitude” helped him get through this difficult time. He complimented the Yankees bullpen and said their outstanding performances give confidence to the starting pitchers on the club.

Nova is again an important part of the starting rotation. Since his return to action in late June, Nova has a record of 5-5 with an ERA of 3.72. Records may sometimes be deceptive as Nova has won all his games in which the Yanks scored at least four runs and lost the five in which they scored three or less.

Nova will be an important factor in the Yankees attempt to qualify for the playoffs as it is likely CC Sabathia will not pitch again this season. Nova’s next start is scheduled for the day after his luncheon ceremony.

After the close of questions, the honored guest was presented with gifts by representatives of the sponsors of the event, Alexis Barber Shop, Café La Llave, ESPN 1050 NY, Il Sole restaurant, Inca Kola, Merengue Car Service and Ron Barceló.

The owner of the restaurant, Sandra, also gave thanks and praised the guest. Nova expressed his thanks for the gifts and to those who came to honor him. He posed for photos with the many who requested. As always, an entertaining raffle was held after the guest departed in which the winners also expressed their gratitude.

All who attended are looking for to the continuation of the exceptionally pleasant occasions next year.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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