Winter Leagues

Starling Marte Receives Permission to Play Winter Ball

Starling Marte Receives Permission to Play Winter Ball
John Dreker

Starling Marte has received permission(link is in Spanish) from the Pittsburgh Pirates to play Winter ball in the Dominican. He will be teammates with Gregory Polanco on the Leones del Escogido club. The two will likely play alongside each other, with Marte in left field and Polanco remaining in center field.

Marte wasn't allowed to play from the start of the season due to an agreement between MLB and the Caribbean League teams known as the "Extreme Fatigue" rule. Basically, if a player gets too many at-bats during the regular season, they are put on a list of ineligible players for Winter ball. Those players are then eligible, with their team's permission, to start play on December 1st. The Extreme Fatigue rule also applies to pitchers and it has kept Stolmy Pimentel out of Winter ball...

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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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