User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Sandoval leads Venezuelan team to victory

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Just three months after becoming the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP award, Pablo Sandoval is celebrating a new feat - the championship win of his team in Venezuela's professional league.

Advertisement
The 26-year-old slugger helped lead his team, the Navegantes del Magallanes, to an 11-9 win on Wednesday night in the final game of the championship series over the Cardenales.

Sandoval hit one homerun and two doubles, and had two RBIs. He was selected most valuable player for the series, and his team won its first title since 2002 in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Sandoval said afterward while celebrating that it was an experience to remember, right up there with October's World Series win with the San Francisco Giants.

``There's nothing like being champion here in Venezuela with the Navegantes. Although it can't be compared with winning the World Series, because they're different things. But it's very special to be champion here,'' Sandoval told reporters.

Sandoval batted .300 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the series. Sandoval's team will go on to represent Venezuela in the upcoming Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Mexico.

He said it had been worth the effort of securing permission from the Giants to play in Venezuela. Sandoval and other major leaguers often come home to play in the offseason, even though their better-paying U.S. teams frequently discourage it because of the chance of injury.

Sandoval said the Navegantes' loss in 2010 in the championship had been like a ``little thorn'' irritating him for the past three years. In that series, Sandoval didn't want to miss the seventh and decisive game, and he flew in at the last minute, rushing by helicopter from Caracas to the city of Valencia. He got a hit, but his team still lost 7-2 to the rival Caracas Leones.

``This time I did everything I could so that the Giants would let me play, to take this team to the title. It's a dream come true,'' Sandoval said. ``Being champions with the Magallanes and with the Giants the same year is something very special. I feel very happy to have contributed and to have been selected as MVP.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Donaldson, Blue Jays beat Twins 9-6
Gausman sharp, Orioles blank Yankees
Pirates win 8th straight game on road
Padres stifle Marlins, 'under' connects
Rockies drop Nats 5-3 as road 'dogs
Triggs, A's power past Cardinals 7-4
Archer strikes out 10, Rays drop Astros
White Sox slow down Mariners, 4-1
Phillies earn road win over Mets, 5-1
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
5-2 L7 G-Plays, +8,249 This Year
7-0 Run, 10-2 L12 Totals
5-0 L5 G-Plays, 4-0 L2 Days
3-0 L3 Picks, +4,744 Overall TY
3-0, +372 MLB Yesterday
10-3 +683 L13, 13-5 L18 Streak
17-8 L25 G-Plays, +5,784 TY
7-1 L8 G-Plays, +2,868 Overall
24-10 L34 Totals, +1,581 Picks TY
17-7, +1,117 L24 Guarantees
5-2, +349 L7 Selections
12-6 L18 Guaranteed Plays
4-2 +215 L3 Days, 6-3 L9 G-Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8249
Antony Dinero + 5784
Jim Feist + 4744
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2495
Jim Feist + 1619
Bruce Marshall + 1613
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4571
Micah Roberts + 3601
NeiltheGreek + 2038
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3583
Micah Roberts + 3055
Jim Feist + 3043
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 2459
James Manos + 2364
Micah Roberts + 2153
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1806
NeiltheGreek + 1793
Micah Roberts + 1757
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership