Twins pitcher Jose Berrios gets the better of brother-in-law Javy Baez in All-Star Game

As Ketel Marte stood on second base after his leadoff double in the third inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, Jose Berrios turned around on the pitcher’s mound and said something unusual to him: Thank you.

“He said thank you for getting a double, so he could face Javy Baez,” said shortstop Jorge Polanco, who was standing next to Marte. “He was happy to get to face him.”

That’s because Berrios and Baez are lifelong friends who grew up in the same small town — Bayamon, Puerto Rico — and wound up marrying sisters. So after Berrios struck out Ronald Acuna on an unhittable curveball, and caught Christian Yelich looking with a changeup, the brothers-in-law faced each other on a baseball diamond for the second time as professionals. For the second time as All-Stars.

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La Vida Voices: Manny Colón of the Miami Marlins

Manny Colón’s job is literally about dealing with the baseball life as Director of Team Travel for the Miami Marlins. His daily work responsibilities include handling the logistics of travel, accommodations, and equipment transfer.  The fewer complaints heard from Marlins players, coaching staff, or front office personnel, the better Colón is doing his job.

Colón has lived his own baseball dream of reaching the big leagues. He was born in Fort Ord, California, and raised in Tennessee to Puerto Rican parents who shared their love of baseball and all things Roberto Clemente. The realization as a high schooler that he likely wasn’t going to make it on the field as a major leaguer led him to have front office aspirations.

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Trinidad, Cotto React To Lack of Superstars in Puerto Rico 🥊

For the last few years, there has been a lack of boxing superstars in Puerto Rico.

Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad was a mega-star with world titles at welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.

After Trinidad retired in 2008, the superstar mantle was passed to Miguel Cotto, who captured world titles at 140, 147, 154 and 160 pounds.

And then when Cotto finally retired in 2017, there was a deep gap in the boxing landscape of Puerto Rico.

Several possibilities to take the throne from Cotto have fizzled out.

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Woman, Diamilette Quiles, to make baseball history in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷

An island known for producing Major League stars such as Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Yadier Molina will play host to history on Sunday, when Diamilette Quiles becomes the first woman to play in the Superior Double A League — the top league in the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation, which is the governing body of leagues and teams from across the island.

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For Many Latino Players, Roberto Clemente’s Number Is Off Limits, Too

Eddie Rosario, the Minnesota Twins left fielder, can’t remember the exact year, but he was a youth baseball player in his native Puerto Rico when he was given the choice of two jerseys: No. 21 or another number.

“I’m not Roberto Clemente,” said Rosario, 27, who now wears one of the next-closest options, No. 20. “I can’t wear that.”

No. 21 is sacred in baseball, particularly to Puerto Ricans, because it was the longtime number of Clemente, the iconic player who hailed from the island. Even as a youngster in Guayama, Rosario knew of Clemente’s importance, which led him to join the majority of Puerto Rican major leaguers in doing something that Major League Baseball hasn’t: decline the use of No. 21 in an effort to essentially retire it.

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