Just like baseball has been dubbed America’s favorite pastime, Venezuelans are also enamored with the sport. Hugo Chavez was such a big baseball fan, he used to attend games regularly. This passion is being threatened. According to a Corporation Wiki article, it is because of the rise in crime and the new visa restrictions, baseball players are leaving the country. Weight rooms are emptied out. Only the empty lockers are left as reminders of the Venezuela baseball academy.
Back in the 1990’s, Venezuela had training camps for baseball players. Venezuela was only second to the Dominican Republic; it created 341 teams; 65 players made it in the major league rosters for 2015. Some of the players are: Miguel Cabrera,who is a slugger for the Detroit Tigers and Luis Aparicio, a short stop player in the Hall of Fame. Carlos Guillén, who played for the Detroit Tigers, was born September 30, 1975 in Maracay, Venezuela. Luque was a professional infielder for the Detroit Tigers. It is his dream to restore baseball in Venezuela. Guillén and some other retired ballplayers would like to construct a training complex that is large enough to house eight teams in the country of Venezuela.
Pitcher Tony Castillo hopes to join Carlos Guillén in his quest to revive baseball in Venezuela. Castillo was born on March 1, 1963 in Quíbor, Lara State, Venezuela. In the late 1980’s Castillo signed up with the Toronto Blue Jays.