The South American country of Venezuela has given the game of baseball plenty of talented players. However, many major league baseball players from Venezuela are often times confronted publicly by upheavals politically back home. Crime has long been a problem for Venezuela.
In 2011, William Ramos then a catcher for the Washington Nationals was kidnapped and more recently the economy of the nation is near collapse.
The majority of observers agree that the policies made by the late Hugo Chavez as president have become worse under current Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. He is facing a critical yet not entirely transparent July 30 referendum.
Recently one of the best players to come out of Venezuela and a future first ballot Hall of Famer, Miguel Cabrera voiced his opinion of his homeland. Cabrera on Instagram released a number of comments on the crisis in Venezuela and in particular about the current regime under Maduro.
The posts were in Spanish but a few translations include where Cabrera pleads that nothing happens to his family. He added that he was tired of paying protection money against threats that someone will kidnap his mother and not being able to determine if it’s criminals or the police.
It appeared he was hurt as well by criticism that he had not done enough to help those suffering in the current economic crisis in his homeland. He said he has helped his country a great deal sending food and medicine and asked what else he can send.
Cabrera added in his posts that he protests for truth, for communism to end and he is not supportive of dictators. He told members of the resistance that they were not alone.
Cabrera, who is 34, has now played almost 15 complete seasons in the major leagues. In 1999, when he was just 16, the Florida Marlins signed Cabrera to a contract.
In five seasons with the Marlins and now in his 10th season with the Detroit Tigers, Cabrera’s career hitting stats are superb.
For his career, Cabrera is a .319 hitter, with 457 home runs, 1,594 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .397.
This season at the All-Star break, Cabrera is hitting .264 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs. His season has been slower than most, but he appears to be performing better at the plate of late and raising his average.