LAST MINUTE: Outstanding catcher requested withdrawal from Cuban baseball
By Robiel Vega
During the night of this Wednesday, the first of February, it was learned that the veteran receiver from Holguin Franklin Aballe He requested his withdrawal from Cuban baseball after 17 seasons, all played with the Holguín Cubs.
As reported by the journalist from the newspaper Ahora, from that eastern Cuban province, Flabio Gutierrez Delgado, in his Facebook account, the one born in Gibara, a coastal Holguin municipality; he had several disagreements with the Provincial Baseball Commission and the Sports Directorate.
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These differences, which the journalist does not explain, made the starting catcher of the Cubs make the decision not to remain affiliated with the island’s baseball system any longer. Outright, the player handed over the receiver’s outfits and didn’t even stay at the sports club after the meeting.
For the next National Series, the people of Holguin have two young figures. According to the coaches, they are very talented, but still green in the position. They are Nelson Batista and Victor Paz.
The receiver was in the preselection of Series 62
Franklin was included in the shortlist for Series 62. Holguín, who ranked ninth last season; I had him, Edilse Silva and Yordan Manduley, as well as the pitcher Wilson Paredes, as the main figures of the group.
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In Series 61, the catcher batted .308 in 72 games, shot 10 home runs and drove in 38 runs. His OBP was .349, his slugging percentage was .490 and his OPS was .839.
His contribution in the Elite League was not so important; With Cafetaleros he had an offensive line of .248 / .262 /.277 /.539, with three extra-base doubles and 11 RBIs in 103 at-bats.