Venezuelans Panda Sandoval and Cafecito Martínez lead Acereros de Monclova for the 2022 LMB season


Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval played in 2021 with the Atlanta Braves.

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The Venezuelans Pablo ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sandoval and Jose ‘Cafecito’ Martinez They will lead the Acereros de Monclova, who in the 2022 season of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) boast a ninth full of stars, among which are three World Series champions.

Sandoval, who is shaping up to be Monclova’s designated hitter and fifth in the batting order, is one of the major league title winners. by achieving it four times, three with the San Francisco Giants and one with the Atlanta Braves, in the last season of the Majors.

Along with the Kung Fu Panda, who boasts 153 home runs in 14 seasons In the Major Leagues, the Steelers have Americans Addison Russell, champion in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs, and Josh Reddick, champion in 2017 with the Houston Astros, on their payroll.

In addition to World Series ring holders, Monclova has stellar Latin baseball players such as the Dominican Franciso Peguero, who in four campaigns in the LMB has hit 75 home runs, ‘Cafecito’, who in five seasons in the Majors boasts a batting percentage of .305, and the Dominican Wirfin Obispo, who will be in charge of throwing the seventh and eighth innings.

The constellation of figures will be commanded by the American manager Mickey Callaway, coach of the New York Mets in 2018 and 2019, fired in 2021 as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels over allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Monclova has the obligation with this roster to reach at least the final of the LMB and with it obtain the second title in its history, the first was obtained in 2019.

Last season, the Steelers, who also boasted a list of stars led by Dominican pitcher Bartolo Colón, stayed in the semifinals of the north zone in which they lost to the champion Toros de Tijuana.

The Steelers will debut Friday with an inaugural three-game series when receiving the Generals of Durango.

The LMB will be played with a role of 90 games for each of the 16 teams, of which six from each zone will enter the decisive phase to be played in August.

The opening duel of the season will be on April 21, when the Bulls host the Red Devils of Mexico; a day later the other teams will come into action.

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