By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
“I love all of you fans. This is a very sad moment. I just want to tell you that it was not my decision.”added the Cuban, making it clear that, apparently, the decision to leave the club was not his own, but rather that of some external agent.
«Now I want to thank the coaches who really supported me and deserve my respect, Otsuka san, Ishimine san, Fukuuda san, Kawuano san, Yoshii san, Kawagoe san, Matoba san, Nagano san, Romi san, Taiki san, Hide san, Misono san, Taka san and all the trainers “said the man born in Villa Clara about the coaches of the team.
“I want to thank the Chiba Lotte Marines for the opportunity to be a part of their history and family. I want to thank my teammates. It was a nice experience that I lived with you and you taught me many things. I love you and I will miss you very much. Yes Martin», Leonis concluded.
His time at NPB came after nine seasons of experience in the Majors, where he played for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. He left an offensive average of .244 (2532-617), with 94 doubles, 22 triples and 58 home runs, in addition to 228 RBIs, 334 runs scored and a .301 / .367 / .668 batting line.