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Former Yankees great Hernandez on Little League, Caribbean Series

HIALEAH, Fla. — Last month, former New York Yankees pitching great Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez commemorated the opening of his local Little League’s baseball season and the playing of the 2012 Caribbean Series in the Dominican Republic.

For the sixth consecutive year, ESPN Deportes has telecast the annual round-robin tournament of the Winter League champions representing Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the host country in Santo Domingo. Coverage of the six-day tournament concludes Tuesday afternoon as Mexico takes on Venezuela at 2 p.m. and Puerto Rico battles the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. ET.

In the video above, ESPN Deportes reporters Carolina Guillen and Enrique Rojas interviewed El Duque, the distinguished former Yankees star and native of Cuba. They asked about the reasons behind his community involvement in supporting young baseball players, and his thoughts about the Caribbean Series.

As a major leaguer, El Duque was 90-65 with a 4.13 ERA in a 10-year career highlighted by pitching for four World Series winners, three with the Yankees and one with the Chicago White Sox.

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