Saturday, November 20, 2010


Kansas City Royals pitcher Joakim Soria, Mexico’s 2010 National Sports Award winner, recently sent a message to the young players at the baseball academy in the Monterrey suburb of El Carmen. Himself a product of the academy, Soria encouraged the current crop of rookies to “listen to their instructors and always try to give just a little bit more then they’re asked to do because it always brings dividends.”

Soria was selected to his second MLB All-Star Game this year on the way to a career-best 43 saves and a sparkling 1.72 ERA. The 26-year-old Monclova native has saved 115 games the past three years for a Kansas City team that has won just 207 games in that span, and set the career record for saves by a Mexican pitcher with 132.

Soria was in Monclova during the Academy Rookie League’s All-Star Weekend to visit a local foundation’s sports complex under construction, and commented that youngsters who attend the facility in the future will have the opportunity to be developed in different disciplines, and that he wants to serve as a springboard for those who decide to dedicate themselves to sports in a professional way.