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Carlos Gonzalez: Making of a star

Brotherly love and Venezuela's youth programs sent the slugger on his way

Originally Published: July 7, 2012
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is available in Spanish.

In the town of Maracaibo, Venezuela, some years ago, a little boy watched his older brother dominate the street games in their neighborhood and knew there was no better baseball player anywhere. Almost surely, the boy believed, his brother Euro, seven years older, would one day play in the United States.

But the brother's talents, as it turned out, were raw. He'd played baseball only in the streets. He didn't know the intricacies ...

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