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Ariel José Martínez Camacho, a Cuban in Japanese baseball

Ariel José Martínez Camacho had dreams, since he was a child, of making the Cuba team and joining the ranks of his Cocodrilos de Matanzas. An outstanding player as he was in the lower categories, he climbed with haste and his remarkable quality in a difficult position such as catcher took him much further in time, after being hired in a high level baseball like the one played in Japan.

Ariel José Martínez Camacho had dreams, since he was a child, of making the Cuba team and joining the ranks of his Cocodrilos de Matanzas. An outstanding player as he was in the lower categories, he climbed with haste and his remarkable quality in a difficult position such as catcher took him much further in time, after being hired in a high level baseball like the one played in Japan.

Ariel José Martínez Camacho, who signed a minor league contract, enjoyed the dream of being promoted to the main roster and making his debut in NPB, a stability that cost him a lot of sacrifice and hours of training to earn the respect of his teammates in a tournament where foreigners have a more complicated time to settle.

Ariel José Martínez Camacho talked to Play-Off Magazine about his time in Cuban baseball; his time under Victor Mesa; his complicated process of adaptation to the Land of the Rising Sun; the unified Cuba team and his desire to play in MLB; as well as his family life.