The Panamanian Johan Camargo works with patience to be in the majors

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  • Mon, 02/18/2019 - 08:22
The Panamanian Johan Camargo works with patience to be in the majors
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Johan Camargo is not the typical player who is shocked by adversity, Panamanian is synonymous of patience and knowing how to take advantage of opportunities in the majors has taken him to the great show, at his early 25 years.

"First is to be healthy, to be able to compete and improve those points that were needed last year, in addition to strengthen injuries and stretch a bit, which make the body stay more flexible and healthy", said the Panamanian player.

This year in the plans of the Atlanta Braves is moving the Panamanian to the gardens by the arrival of American Josh Donaldson, but how comfortable would be Johan Camargo in the gardens, when most of the time, he played in the infield.

"I've always said that I'm a baseball player who likes to play and win (...) no matter what position I play", he said.

On the arrival of Donaldson, he pointed out that "in my case it is to take advantage of that experience and learn from him".

He reveals that one of his greatest fears is that "would not have received the opportunity to play when he went to the big leagues".

"My biggest fear is that they did not give me the chance or the opportunity, I always asked them to give me the opportunity to take advantage of the moment and to grow. Be started with a turn at bat, I was always afraid of that, not being given the opportunity that you give to one when you start", he said.

Camargo reiterated that his goal this year is to be in the line-up, regardless of the position he requires, but what would happen if what he expects does not happen?

"As long as there is an opportunity, we must take advantage of them, wait for the moment, I leave that to God, to whom I ask for health", he said.


The baseball player who started his steps in baseball in the Bethania neighborhood of the Panamanian capital, doesn’t consider himself neither defensive nor offensive, as far as baseball is concerned, but rather as a "winner".

Interestingly, Camargo clarified that he is passionate about soccer, to the point that he had to negotiate with his father to continue playing soccer and give some time to baseball.

"I liked football first, my dad always insisted and even got to bother me once in a while because he took me to play baseball, he made a business with me, that on weekdays I went to play soccer, but on weekends I would dedicate to baseball, even people would call him when they saw me playing soccer", he said.

He added that today he is grateful for his father's insistence and that the influence of soccer has helped him move his feet well, which he has used in baseball.

"It's time for baseball, I took care of it and it starts more than anything to like and have fun, today I thank my dad more for that insistence", he said.

In those bad days, Camargo reveals that he always makes a call to friends or relatives, but he is aware that "there is always a tomorrow, bad days pass and tomorrow we resolve".

Camargo last season shot 19 home runs and the player attributes it to the coordination, beyond the force.

"There is a process of learning to use your hands and then include your feet, it always depends a lot on the ability of each one, I learned to hit the ball and take a little weight, that's the secret of the home runs", he said.

He noted that Mariano Rivera, the second Panamanian to enter the Hall of Fame and first with 100% of the votes, for him is an example to follow, and despite being focused on having a long career in the majors, who doesn't would think that this young man has among his objectives to emulate him.

Camargo revealed that his signature was for $ 40,000, July 10, 2011 and the one that gave him the opportunity of this journey in the majors was Luis Ortiz.

"When you sign a $ 50,000 player down, he is honestly a ‘thrown player’, because they give him a chance to fill a team, I always said, in good Panamanian, 'give me whatever you want, I'll go there to see how things go'".

He added that even though they are signing a prospectus above one million dollars right now, "money does not make the player".

"There were players in front of me, worth millions of dollars, but I always showed patient and said when I play, I do not think I will comes out of that lineup", he said.

The Panamanian was happy because Panama was home and champion of the Caribbean Series and said his dream is to see Panama triumph with more big leaguers and work with children.

"My message to children, who like baseball, is to first educate themselves, learn English since I was a kid, I did not have that opportunity to do it, and develop as baseball players", he said. 


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