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Added November 2nd, 2015 by Ian
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Paulo Orlando becomes first Brazilian to play in a World Series

Thirty-year-old right-fielder Paulo Orlando of the Kansas City Royals has made history this year by becoming the first Brazilian to play in a Major League Baseball World Series. It’s quite an achievement considering baseball isn’t a very popular sport in South America’s largest nation. In another oddity, his fellow countryman Cairo Santos also plays in the same city in another non-Brazilian sport as he’s a kicker with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. Santos is the one and only Brazilian in the NFL and Orlando is the third Brazilian to make it to MLB.

Orlando made history in game one of the World Series against the New York Mets when he entered the game in the eighth inning. He then put his name in the history book again when he recorded a single in the 12th inning. Kansas went on to win the 14-inning affair by a score of 5-4. Santos met Orlando for the first time this summer and they’ve been following each other’s careers via social media outlets. There’s also another Brazilian friend in their circle as Paulo Nagamura plays for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

Most Brazilians believe it’s pretty rare to see their countrymen playing professional baseball and football since most youngsters play soccer in their homeland. Santos, in particular, has done well with the Chiefs as he booted a club-record seven field goals recently with two of them being for over 50 yards. The kicker just missed tying the NFL record of eight field goals in a game. Orlando said he also played soccer as a kid but a Japanese friend of his got him interested in baseball.


The Chicago White Sox ended up discovering him because of his speed and he made his American debut in 2006 as a 20-year-old. Orlando was traded to Kansas City back in 2008, but spent most of his time in the minors. However, he made the squad this year. He recently told the press, “Soccer was my first love as a child. I wanted to play it professionally. I just thought about soccer. But baseball came into my life, and to each their own sport. I wanted to be a professional and baseball gave me everything I have right now.”

Orlando played 86 games this year in his rookie season and had a batting average of .249. He scored 31 runs, had 60 hits, and belted seven home runs with 27 RBI’s. His speed also allowed him to hit 14 doubles and six triples, but he stole only three bases and was caught stealing three times. He does have 209 stolen bases in his career though. As of October 31, Orlando had been up to bat seven times in the World Series and led the Royals with a .429 average. He’d also scored a pair of runs.

 
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