MLB: Charles Leblanc felt welcome at the Miami Marlins

Reaching the age of 26 in Major League Baseball was a great proof of perseverance on the part of Quebecer Charles Leblanc.

The latter was passing through the studios of the Antechamber, Tuesday, to look back on his first steps in the MLB, he who played his very first game on July 30. The third baseman also remembers very well how he felt at that moment.

« The only thing I remember is the heart I felt in my throat, I had soft legs, » he said.

The nervousness, however, was quickly chased away by Leblanc who hit a hit in his first game. The next day, he continued with a first career home run. Whoever came from the minors with a batting average during the 2022 season of .302 quickly helped his cause to stay in the lineup.

Leblanc does not hide the fact that his age and his statistics have most certainly helped him to integrate more quickly into his new environment. His teammates quickly made him feel part of the group.

“Of course it was easier, because I was not one of the youngest. The majority of the team are around 30 years old. I wasn’t a little baby coming into the team at 19 and the fact that I was a little older meant that I was a little more respected in the locker room I feel like . »

“With my statistics, it sure helped as soon as I arrived. The jokes were getting in the way, like, ‘well, Babe Ruth coming up to bat,’” Leblanc shared.

He finished the season with 41 hits, including four homers, for a .263 batting average and 11 RBIs. However, the Quebecer knows very well that he will have to prove himself again at the next training camp.

“I was lucky enough to get on a team with a lot of injuries and opportunities. Next year, it starts from scratch, because the injured will be back. I will have to prove that I have my place, ”he analyzed.

Leblanc is well aware that he is now somewhat of a role model for young baseball players in Quebec just like Abraham Toro and Otto Lopez. Everyone has an inspiring journey and Leblanc’s can ensure that even if the doors don’t open quickly, that doesn’t mean MLB becomes inaccessible.

« If we can promote baseball as much as possible to Quebec youth or just show that I arrived in the League at 26, I think I’m proof that if you keep playing, you’re going to have an opportunity. I hope I can inspire a few of them,” he said.

Leblanc will head to the Dominican Republic at the end of the week to already begin his preparation for the next campaign.

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