Salvador Perez: “Why is my country bleeding?”


This is awful. The mother of Royals catcher Salvador Perez was a victim of a carjacking in Venezuela yesterday. She is unharmed and the car has been returned, but it was obviously a scary situation.

The families of ballplayers from Venezuela have been targeted before, even kidnapped. A player, Wilson Ramos, was himself once kidnapped. Given these incidents and the overall crime rate and increasing desperation among some in Venezuela, it’s not hard to imagine the Perez family’s fear and hurt arising out of this situation.

Perez was the first to report this, on his Instagram account. His message as written:

Hoy en el día mi madre en (Valencia ) fue despojada de su camioneta una 4runner por hombres fuertemente armados y fue amenazada con armamento apuntados a ella. Y bueno gracias a Dios nada malo paso y los ladrones se llevaron la camioneta q fue recuperada un poco más tarde por gente de la PTJ . Mi mama gracias a Dios esta perfecta y tranquila pero gente hasta cuando ya no respetan a nadie nosotros estamos aquí poniendo el nombre de Venezuela en alto y el hampa no respetan género , profesion nada me da dolor. Gente tenemos un país q cada día se hunde más en él hambre,hampa ,escasez y falta de seguridad. Sin caer en detalles no hablo de política ni de clases sociales hablo del corazón por q están desangrando mi país. Y lo amo. Desde aquí es fácil hablar dirán muchos pero cada día lucho por mi país también y por poner el nombre en alto. Voy a seguir amándote Venezuela hoy más q nadie , sigamos luchando por una mejor Venezuela Dios está con nosotros no perdamos la fe mi gente. Te AMO MAMÁ ya casi juntos 😇😇😇😇🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪 y que DIOS los cuide a todos

The Kansas City Star translated it in full. This part stuck out:

Thank God my mom is perfectly fine and calm, but until what point do people stop respecting each other? We are here upholding Venezuela’s name, but criminals don’t respect gender, profession, nothing. It hurts me. People, we have a country that every day, falls deeper in hunger, crime, scarcity, and lack of security. Without getting into details, I’m not talking about politics nor social classes, I’m speaking from the heart: Why is my country bleeding?

It’s impossible to imagine being in that situation. Here’s hoping these sorts of stories don’t continue to repeat themselves.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.