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Estevan Florial ‘picking brains’ of Yankees stars during pandemic



Estevan Florial 'picking brains' of Yankees stars during pandemic

Five days a week Estevan Florial enters Steinbrenner Field to make sure if spring training resumes the outfielder will be ready and his baseball knowledge increased.

“I come here and lift, take some swings and throw a little bit. I try to get ready so when we get back to playing ball I will be prepared. We have a small group, so being around these guys has been a great experience,’’ Florial wrote to The Post via email about working out with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu and Miguel Andujar. “I think it’s been great to be next to them and try to pick things up from them in this atmosphere. The group here is special. I pay close attention to how they go about their business and try to pick their brains.’’

Wrist injuries have cost Florial playing time each of the previous two minor league seasons and moved the 22-year-old center fielder down the list of top Yankees prospects. Following the 2018 season, Florial was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect.

He had hamate surgery on his right wrist early in the 2018 season playing for Single-A Tampa, and suffered a non-displaced right wrist fracture and a second break of a bone in his hand in big league spring training in 2019.

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Adding to the slip down the prospect list has been strikeout totals. In five minor league seasons the 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-handed hitter, has whiffed 484 times in 1,507 at-bats compared to 412 hits. In the past two seasons he has struck out 127 times and gotten 78 hits.

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Florial, a plus defender, is a career .273 hitter with 42 homers and 213 RBIs in 392 minor league games. His best season was 2017 with Single-A Charleston — when he hit .297 with 11 homers, 43 RBIs and posted a .856 OPS in a career-high 91 games.

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“It’s part of the game. You don’t want to strike out all of the time,’’ Florial said of the strikeouts in spring training. “I have to get better at that.’’

With minor league games likely to not be played due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Florial’s development might be restricted to working out in case he’s needed for the big league club if a season starts.

“It’s been very frustrating. Nobody was thinking something like this would be happening. I feel very sad, but I just try to do what I can,’’ Florial explained.

As for the possibility of being put on an expanded roster or being part of a reserve bunch, Florial would look forward to either.

“I would be very excited about it. Obviously if I get the opportunity to be placed on a roster it’s going to be great. I just want to be playing the game again. I just want to play. Somewhere. Somehow,’’ Florial stated.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, Florial has been a professional baseball player for five years, and this one is by far the strangest.

“It’s absolutely weird. No games anywhere? To go this long without baseball? It’s such a strange experience,’’ said Florial, who thanked God that his family hasn’t been touched by the coronavirus.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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