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Several Mets players are participating in winter baseball this year, andáJosh Thole and Lance Broadway are in Venezuela where there is incredible political unrest and fear of war with Colombia. Johan Santana is from Venezuela, but does not want to participate in winter ball and Francisco Rodriguez is expected to begin play there in a few weeks. Baseball related injuries are, to a certain extent, accepted during the games and workouts. However, putting players in a war torn country or hostile political environment for baseball activities is not acceptable . Being in the midst of political and cultural warfare should notábe a role of aávisiting professional baseball player, regardless of their age and experience. The reason these players participate in winter ball and other such tournamen ...

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