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It doesn't take too much of a stretch to develop preconceived notions of what it must be like for Americans playing Winter Ball during the offseason.

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It's pretty much the same in Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

"The Dominican Republic was a cool place for baseball. Those who were lucky enough to have a car might unhook their battery and car horn and bring it into the stadium" too make noise at certain junctures of the game.

Not only did he come away relatively unscathed by the experience, he didn't encounter the seamier stereotypes and he rather enjoyed it all.

"It was a huge culture difference. Nobody locks their doors. It's an incredibly polite society," Tolar said.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect to fathom is how following the strain and tedium of a long summer of baseball he recharged mentally and physically to get back on the mound.

Tolar said American players on opposing teams often would take care of each other.

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"Very similar. One thing kind of strange was that after seven innings they don't take a stretch, they take a break in the game for about 15 minutes. There's no arguing, period. With anybody. Almost zero emotion in the game. I learned fast how they expect things to be.

Part IV in the five part series on Kevin Tolar's 19 year odyssey as a professional baseball player.

is totally different. You stretch for 45 minutes, do form running for 30 minutes, so for an hour and 15 minutes before a game you do nothing but conditioning you haven't even touched a ball yet. Zanotti Women Sneakers

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It doesn't take too much of a stretch to develop preconceived notions of what it must be like for Americans playing Winter Ball during the offseason.

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´╗┐Winter wasn't always the offseason for Tolar

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"Kind of like in the military when they say they've spilled blood in the same mud," he said. "We'd try and beat each other's brains out on the field, but once it was over you might ask them out to have a beer, and when (you played in their ballpark) they'd do the same for you."

Tolar said he had two weeks off following the end of his regular season before departing for Zanotti Shoes Gold

"They don't believe in pitch counts. You could throw 200 pitches and the next day they're out throwing from the mound. The foreign players (pitchers), you did your own schedule. They figured that Americans were seasoned enough to know how to prepare."

Not every Winter Ball experience was equal, so they will be detailed separately below. But when recalling the experience Tolar seemed to enter a comfort zone that always wasn't apparent in his depictions of spring training, and when competing in the minor leagues and his brief stints in the majors.

"The most difficult (of his Winter Ball locations) was the Dominican because of the third world element. You'd fly in and look down and see all these sheds, what looked like something in your backyard, except they were the houses. I was told that something like 75 to 80 percent of the people had dirt floors and no plumbing.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect to fathom is how following the strain and tedium of a Zanotti Sneakers Black long summer of baseball he recharged mentally and physically to get back on the mound.

Not only did he come away relatively unscathed by the experience, he didn't encounter the seamier stereotypes and he rather enjoyed it all.

Winter Ball. Once he had completed his second season, whether it be in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela or Taiwan, he customarily then had three weeks to himself before the start of spring training with a major league ballclub, which became a regular part of his routine the last decade of his career.

"It almost seems like the poorer the country the happier the people were. It had some bad elements, but you were told up front about certain places not to go. The people there, though. They always seemed to find the silver lining in everything.

"Except that every year in Winter Ball we made the playoffs, and one year we were in the Caribbean World Series and I only had one week," Tolar said.

Part IV in the five part series on Kevin Tolar's 19 year odyssey as a professional baseball player.

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Squalid living conditions. Food that challenges even the sturdiest constitution. Unruly fans.

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"Once you get as developed as you're going to get it's your job. I might go to the manager and say I'm available, but if you can get me a couple of days off it would be appreciated. You've got to know the difference between hurt and hurting (with your arm). It goes from stiffness to slightly beyond sore."

Squalid living conditions. Food that challenges even the sturdiest constitution. Unruly fans.

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