ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela -- The names of the former players in attendance reads like a Who's Who of baseball in Latin America.
Manny Acta, the former manager for the Nationals and the Indians, is on the island as the general manager of the Dominican Republic's Tigres de Licey, and former catcher Ivan Rodriguez is in attendance as the general manager for Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayaguez. Former big league infielder Carlos Baerga is the manager of Puerto Rico. Former pitcher Mario Soto, who currently works for the Reds, is in town as the president of the confederation of players from the Caribbean.
"I laugh because some of the biggest names here are in the front office and not on the field," said former manager Ozzie Guillen, who is broadcasting the games for Spanish television. "But I don't blame players for not coming. I came because we needed money to survive. Players today don't have that, and they represent an investment from teams. I understand if they are not here and don't want to risk injury. I get it."