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Marlins' Rienzo a novelty as big-leaguer from Brazil

Marlins' Rienzo a novelty as big-leaguer from Brazil

There is good reason Marlins reliever Andre Rienzo is one of only three Brazilians to reach the major leagues. Baseball players are a rarity in the soccer-mad South American giant. The exception is the region where Rienzo grew up near Sao Paulo, which has the highest concentrated Japanese population outside of Japan. Immigrants during the 20th Century brought their passion for the game, and it was in that community that Rienzo caught it at the urging of his mother. Mom, who played softball, wasn't anticipating her son becoming a pioneer in the sport. She just wanted to keep Andre and his two brothers out of trouble. "My mom got divorced from my dad and had three kids. She was...

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