Winter Leagues

Report: Pirates Won’t Allow Jose Tabata to Play Winter Ball

Report: Pirates Won’t Allow Jose Tabata to Play Winter Ball
John Dreker

The other day in the Winter League recap from Tuesday, I mentioned that Jose Tabata was on the roster of Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan League. It was mentioned earlier in the off-season that Tabata most likely will not play, though nothing was definite at the time. Today I came across an article (link is in Spanish) that confirms the Pirates will not allow Jose Tabata to play Winter Ball this year.

Tabata's agent Carlos Rios, posted recently on Twitter that the Pirates confirmed to him that Tabata won't be allowed to play and Rios was quoted as saying "We respect the decision of the Pirates but we totally disagree. Tabata needs to play to mature as a player."

Between his time with the Pirates and his stint at Indianapolis this year, Tabata played 144 games, receiving a tota...

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Winter Leagues
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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