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OMAR LINARES IZQUIERDO :

He is considered the best Cuban baseball player of all times. It was no chance he was offered up to 40 million dollars to play for professional teams, but he rejected all offers.
In his hometown of San Juan y Martínez, the land of the best tobacco of the world, and encouraged by the example of his father, Fidel Linares, a formidable player of the 60's, he started early to practice baseball, together with his brother Juan Carlos, and he did well in any position.
From the beginning he was nicknamed "El niño" (the kid). At the age of 16, he debuted in the Cuban national series and he established himself as a top-ranking player for 21 seasons and always played for the teams of the westernmost province of Pinar del Río.
In 2002, at the age of 34, he received the exceptional authorization to play in the Japanese professional baseball league.
As time goes by, he pleasurably recalls when he wore for the first time, in 1985, the uniform of the Cuban national team, which he defended for 15 years, long enough to become a key element in the Olympic victories in Barcelona and Atlanta, as well as in the second place in Sydney.
Being an incomparable powerful hitter to every angle of the field, an excellent third baseman, and a disciplined uniting element in the team are traits that have always characterized this baseball player.
He has been elected Deputy of the National Assembly of People's Power during two periods of five years each, in which he has combined his responsibilities as a sportsman and member of the parliament.












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