Maybe We Should Sign Ernesto

Venezuela and Caracas have long been known for producing great baseball players. This was evident during the World Baseball Classic this past spring. Though neither of these teams made it to the finals, they had a very strong showing. On August 24 these two countries produced another powerful hitter. Little did any of us imagine that this little guy would impact the Arizona Diamondbacks push to the play-offs. Maybe Josh Byrnes should have checked with the Diamondbacks international scouts to see if Arizona could have signed Ernesto as he could have been the impact player the team has been missing.

Ernesto (no name given) began his professional career shortly after midnight playing under the lights off the coast of Caracas. Like any new player he struggled at first and many wondered if Ernesto had what it took to be a force within Major League Baseball. As the week went Ernesto began to find his swing and with a couple of days he was tearing the cover off everything he saw. He was definitely on a roll and was showing why he was being classified as a potential 5 tool player. Soon Ernesto found himself on an extended road trip and the toils on the road began to take their toll. He soon found himself downgraded from must see prospect to just a potential big leaguer. Early in the week the Diamondbacks didn’t pay much attention to Ernesto and really didn’t expect him to be called up to the big leagues. That changed though this morning when Ernesto got a call. His consistent play over the past couple of days gave him an opportunity of a rare feat in baseball. He would play a part in deciding two different games involving four separate teams. In his Major League debut Ernesto no-hits both the Diamondbacks and the Nationals. As an encore he shut out the Braves and the Phillies. It was not until afterwards that it was discovered that Ernesto was not on anyone’s roster. The games will therefore be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow. Commissioner Bud Selig promised an investigation of how Ernesto could have such an impact so quickly. The player’s union has threatened MLB with a lawsuit if they attempt to limit Ernesto’s impact. In news out of New York George Steinbrenner has stated that he would like to include Ernesto on the Yankees roster and will pay whatever it takes to get Ernesto to Yankee Stadium. Until then, Ernesto continues to be the only free agent Tropical Storm with ties to the east cost.

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