Rouglas Odor donned the Águilas del Zulia shirt for the first time. On that occasion, in the 1988-1989 campaign, he did so as a professional player. Now, 31 years later, the Zuliano will wear that uniform again, but in the role of manager.
Odor, who had been announced to lead the Raptors in the 2019-2020 race, could not do so due to sanctions against the LVBP by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the responsibility fell on Marco Davalillo.
Now the story is another, Odor, who hopes to join the Zuliano team in Barquisimeto today is ready to debut as the boss of his childhood team.
- What does it mean for you to lead the Eagles of Zulia?
Águilas del Zulia was the team where I grew up. It was the team that gave me the opportunity to play professional baseball in Venezuela and for me it means a great commitment. Not only for the management and the players, but also for the Aguilas fans.
- This 2020-2021 will be an atypical contest, however, what are the expectations with the team?
We have a lot of young guys who are ready to develop in this ball and together with more experienced players like Arcenio León, Silvino Bracho, Elvis Araujo, among others, it makes us have high expectations. It will be interesting how things will play out on the field with that mix of youth and experience.
- How to deal with gambling in the middle of a pandemic?
For me, the most important thing this year will be everyone's healthiest. We must follow a protocol and it will be key to follow it to the letter. We will be in a hotel and just go to the stadium. Players must understand that it will not only be going to work and trying to win as many games as possible, but they must also ensure their health and that of everyone.
- In his career, he has had the privilege of having good mentors such as Alfredo Pedrique and Omar López. What is brought from them to Águilas del Zulia?
The responsibility. Both Alfredo and Omar are great professionals who taught me to leave everything for the team. They really were a good school, both in the Caribs and in Magallanes.
Omar are great professionals who taught me to leave everything for the team. They really were a good school both in the Caribs and in Magallanes.
- What kind of manager will we see from Rouglas Odor in Águilas?
That is a question for other types of managers. In my case, each game is different. There are times when I have to be an aggressive manager, as there are games that I must be conservative. It all depends on the situation of the game. If I had to evaluate myself, I can say that I am a manager who has very good communication with my players. We are prepared for this