Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

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This is not something you see every day. Cuban ballplayer Loah Linares has been sleeping outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping to get a chance to try out for the Dodgers. From ABC 7 in Los Angeles:

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

There’s a bit at the end there in which stadium security has said that Linares has tried to get inside the stadium but has not been successful. Given that he’s still there and hasn’t been arrested for trespassing, one can assume it wasn’t a serious or threatening attempt.

I can find no reference to him apart from the story of his camping outside of Dodger Stadium so it seems as though he’s not exactly a prospect, even if he is a baseball player. If he was, you’d think he’d be in someone’s organization right now, not camping outside of a major league ballpark.

Still, very odd story. The sort of thing that could either be a Disney story or a story of delusion and determination, depending on which kind of narrative-crafting you prefer.

UPDATE: A reader found this. It makes me wonder if this isn’t being put on by some film company as it is:

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.