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Rays TV, radio personality Destrada shares life story

Orestes Destrada poses with Jack and Rochelle Rudowsky. Jack is Post 373 commander. Orestes Destrada poses with Jack and Rochelle Rudowsky. Jack is Post 373 commander. Orestes Destrada, a former Major League baseball player who gives pre- and post-game television and radio analysis of Tampa Bay Rays games, recently addressed members of the Tampa Post 373 of the Jewish War Veterans as well as Men’s Club members and guests at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa.

Destrada shared warm and amusing tales of his life story, a journey of escape from the revolution in his native Cuba, to a career as a professional baseball player in the U.S. He played with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins and spent five years playing in the Japanese Pacific League with the Seibu Lions, where he led the league in home runs for three consecutive years and was MVP of the 1990 Japan Series.

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