St. Louis Cardinals: Latino Community Outreach Continues

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Mar 14, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico catcher Yadier Molina (4) throws the ball after Dominican Republic infielder Carlos Santana (not pictured) strikes out during the eighth inning during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Puerto Rico won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico catcher Yadier Molina (4) throws the ball after Dominican Republic infielder Carlos Santana (not pictured) strikes out during the eighth inning during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Puerto Rico won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Last year, the St. Louis Cardinals broadcast a live game in Spanish for the first time in team history. This year, St. Louis will be treated to eight games in Spanish.

In September of last season, the St. Louis Cardinals broke down a language barrier that exists all across the United States. For the first time in the team’s history, the Cardinals broadcast two games in Spanish as part of their Fiesta Cardenales.

This season, however, the Latino community will get to celebrate a bit more.

Last Friday the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they will broadcast eight games in Spanish this year in a continuing effort to reach out to the Latino community. Interested listeners will have two listening options.

According to the Cardinals, you will be able to listen to the live stream via cardinals.com or through the MLB.com At Bat Mobile App. Both options will feature last year’s broadcasters, Polo Ascensio and Bengie Molina. Bengie is the older brother of Yadier Molina.

Although St. Louis is not a haven for the Latino community, the Cardinals are laying the foundation for future Latinos to find a home in the city and within the Cardinals. The Cardinals could not have picked a better time for this announcement either.

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The World Baseball Classic has been great at highlighting the game, especially within the Latino community. For those who have watched, it has been amazing to see the amount of Latino fans filling the stadiums to watch their fellow countrymen play.

For the Cardinals, no player in the WBC is as important as Yadier Molina. The success he is having with Team Puerto Rico has put Puerto Rico and the St. Louis Cardinals on the map.

Molina’s success with Puerto Rico and the Cardinals serves as a beacon for other Latino players around the league.

If you need a clear example of how much influence Latino players have on the Cardinals, then think of some of the signings they have made recently. The Cardinals selected Puerto Rican infielder Delvin Perez with their first overall selection in 2016. Aledmys Diaz and Adolis Garcia are both Cuban players.

Alongside Molina and the above players, the Cardinals also have Carlos Martinez, Jose Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Edmundo Sosa, Eliezer Alvarez, and Magneuris Sierra. They are all from different Latino countries that call or have a chance to call St. Louis home.

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If the goal of the St. Louis Cardinals is to promote the Latino community within the game of baseball, then they are doing a great job. The games will be streamed in Spanish on April 2nd, 4th, and 9th, followed by May 2nd, 3rd, 29th, and 31st. Follow @Cardenales on Twitter for updates and news from the Cardinals. Vamos Cardenales!

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