25 Oct

caribbean cruising

An interesting name popped up during a surf of the box scores from the Caribbean Leagues. Vicksburg native Dmitri Young, believed to be retired for a couple of years now, is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League. Young, now 38, hit 171 homers in his big league career, which ended in 2008. He’s hitting .158 for Caribes. Also in Venezuela is Jarrod Dyson, the McComb native and Southwest Mississippi Community College product who has been up and down with Kansas City the last two seasons. The speedy Dyson, with Caracas, had a typical game last Friday: 1-for-3, 2 walks, 2 runs and a stolen base. Fred Lewis, the former Mississippi Gulf Coast CC star from Wiggins, is playing for Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League. The veteran big leaguer finished the 2011 campaign in the minors and is now a free agent. Expected to play in the Puerto Rican League, which starts next week, is Taylorsville’s Billy Hamilton, who stole 103 bases in A-ball this season. He’ll face some good competition in Puerto Rico.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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