Tube kings in Cuba

When Javier Mendez of the capital said goodbye to baseball after 22 seasons, he left a record that seemed very difficult to replicate as he hit 381 doubles.

Granma’s Victor Bejerano had to play 24 seasons to overcome it, which happened on March 8, 2007 at the Vilfredo Pages stadium in Manzanillo, when in the sixth inning against Ronald Garcia de la Isla he hit the last double of his career (382 ).

Nearly four years later at Guillermont Moncada, Rolando Merino of Santiago hit Félix Fuentes for Matanzas in the seventh inning of his 383 tubi, and since that day, January 26, 2011, he has taken the throne as the new king of doubles in Cuba. Merino was the first to break the 400 barrier and set his quota at 405.

Then comes Michel Henriquez, who on March 14, 2015 at the Cristobal Labra in Pinero against Holguin hit 5–5 with three biangulars, the first of them in the third inning against Yunier Suárez and equalized with Merino.

In acts six and seven, tubas 406 and 407 sounded against left-hander Rodolfo Sori, with whom Pinero’s Super 12 took the lead in the historic two-base hits rankings. An interesting fact happened to Michel. Was king twice.

At first he reached 410, but on March 27, 2016 at the José Ramón Cepero stadium in Ciego de Avila, during the semi-final play-off against Industriales, Ariel Borrero from Villa Clara, playing understudy with the Tigres , fired against Miguel Laera in the fourth inning of his tube. 411 to get to the top of the rankings. A few days later, the orange Thug scores the last double of his career and holds a record of 412 points.

Then Michel Henriquez reappears and on September 8, 2016 at Cristóbal Labra, he connects his double-ended 413 in the third inning with Aldo Conrado’s Aldo Conrado of Sancti Spiritus and regains his lead position in the tubes.

Michel set the mark at 437, and yesterday, Sunday, April 9, 2023, Frederic Zepeda set the record against Guantanamo’s rookie Abelardo Mille on Jose Antonio Huelga in the seventh inning. It remains to be seen when and before whom he will play in 438, and how long he will leave the top, who will undoubtedly become the new absolute king of doubles in Cuba.

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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