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Baseball and Puerto Rico

By  |  September 25, 2017, 03:40pm  |  @wpatrickf


There are around 16 Puerto Rican baseball players in the MBL major leagues, with many more in the coaching ranks and minor leagues. Their hearts have been heavy since Hurricane Maria leveled Puerto Rico.

A particular problem is communications, power is out throughout the island, which severely hampers these players from checking in with their relatives back home. (CNBC)

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is out of service and isn’t providing any power across Puerto Rico right now, its CEO told CNBC on Friday. The company, the U.S. territory’s main electrical provider, has been “devastated by Hurricane Maria,” Ricardo Ramos said in an interview with “Closing Bell.” Power went down across the entire island after Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm early Wednesday. It was the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in 90 years.Ramos is hoping to get power fully restored quicker than the six months it took after Hurricane Hugo hit in 1969.”It’s a step-by-step process,” he said. “We hope … three to four months at most.”

Carlos Correa is a 22 year old All-Star for the Houston Astros, at last reporting he and his family hadn’t heard from his grandmother since the hurricane hit the tiny island. Understandably, Carlos is very worried, his grandmother and the plight of his homeland is foremost on his mind. (Sporting News)

Astros star Carlos Correa was thousands of miles from his homeland, but his heart was with Puerto Rico Tuesday night as Hurricane Maria approached. “There’s a devastating hurricane heading toward Puerto Rico, and it’s going to crush the island. So obviously, my thoughts and prayers are already over there,” Correa told the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve got most of my family over there, so I’m really worried about that. My parents and siblings are the only ones over here, so I’ve got a lot of people there. … I talked to everybody already. But there’s not much that you can do.”

The Astros have clinched their division, and although there is only a week left in regular play, the first round of the playoff series starts after just a few days rest. While Carlos would love to figure out a way to go home, he’s not going to be able to make it there for a while.

To be sure, these big league ballplayers, Correa, Carlos Beltran, Francisco Lindor among others only serve to highlight a problem worrying thousands of Puerto Ricans now making their home here on the mainland. The heartache of simply not knowing the status of their loved ones.

There are dozens of issues facing the areas recently hit by hurricanes, and while this might not seem pressing, it is disruptive and heart rending. Please be in prayer that those here from Puerto Rico will be able to contact their loved ones and offer up support and love.