The Rise of Adolis García: From Cuban Sensation to World Series Champion with the Texas Rangers

2024-04-19 14:48:05

Adolis García’s fate was sealed when he was reunited with his brother Adonis in the 2016 Caribbean Series in Santo Domingo.

Adolis arrived in the Dominican capital as part of the Ciego de Ávila team, champions of the Cuban National Series, while his older brother had just played his first season in the Major Leagues with the Atlanta Braves, defending third base for the Navegantes de Magallanes, monarchs of Venezuelan professional baseball.

A few months later, the youngest García escaped from the island, willing to follow in the footsteps of Adonis in the best baseball in the world, and in 2017 he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team with which he made his debut in the Majors in 2018. , although he played only 21 games , before being sent back to Triple A.

But the destiny of “El Bombi” was not in San Luis, a franchise that did not have enough light to see the Cuban’s full potential.

Marcus Semien, left, and Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers celebrate after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on April 18, 2024 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Traded in 2019 to the Texas Rangers, it was there that his career took off meteorically, becoming one of the most respected outfielders and hitters in all of baseball.

After a brief appearance in the Major Leagues with the Rangers in 2020, the season was shortened to 60 games due to the pandemic, in 2021 he played his first full season as a starter.

With 31 home runs and 90 RBI in 149 games, as well as excellent defense and a powerful arm in right field, Adolis was named to the All-Star Game and earned a spot in the franchise’s most responsible shift in his own right

Texas Rangers first baseman Ezequiel Durán (20), from left, Adolis García, Josh Smith, Marcus Semien and Corey Seager celebrate after beating the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A year later, he repeated his numbers to show that 2021 had not been a fluke of a good streak, hitting 27 homers and driving in 101 runs.

But it was in 2023 that the Avilanian patrolman reached the heights of legend with the Rangers, a team born in 1972 from the ashes of the Washington Senators and which, in more than five decades of existence, had never tasted victory in a World Series.

In the regular season, he achieved career highs in home runs (39) and RBIs (107), participated in his second All-Star Game and won his first Gold Glove, although the best was yet to come.

Also read Adolis García wins the Golden Glove and adds another award to his incredible 2023

In the playoffs, she was literally a steamroller, compiling a .323 average, with eight homers and 22 RBI, from the first round to the October Classic.

In the American League Championship Series, which gave the Rangers a ticket to the World Series, he destroyed the neighbors Houston Astros, with five home runs and 15 RBIs, to be named the most valuable player.

In the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he continued his blistering pace and in the first game he hit an epic home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning to leave his rivals on the field and put his team one step closer to supreme glory.

But in the third game he suffered an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the series, although he cheered on his teammates from the dugout and enjoyed Rangers’ first crown in history like few others.

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