“My father killed himself: they confirm the suicide of Omar Malavé, former coach of the Toronto Blue Jays

Omar Malavé was an assistant to the Venezuelan national team in two editions of the World Baseball Classic.

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Sad and dismayed, in this way is Latin baseball by the sudden death of Omar Malavé, figure of the Venezuelan ball and former coach of the Toronto Blue Jays. He was 58 years old.

Malavé passed away last Monday at his residence in Dunedin, Florida. At first it was said that the manager lost his life for natural causes. Other versions pointed out that it had been from coronavirus.

Nevertheless, Omi Jensen, daughter of Malavé, confirmed in his social networks that his father committed suicide. According to the young woman, the former player was passing by emotional, psychological and social problems.

Suicide of Omar Malavé

“For all who want know what happened: he killed himself. This is the truth that I will not hold back, because mental health is very important. It can happen to anyone! Even someone like Omar Malavé. Never in a million years, i would think my father would do this; but he did, ”wrote the daughter of Malavé On twitter.

In this sense, he added: “Talk about mental health in the world it’s almost a taboo subject, especially when it comes to men; But people forget that they face harsh realities and experiences every day, because they are human like anybody. Suicide does not respect age, sex or sizes “.

“Everybody thinks that be a baseball player or an athlete brings you so much money and happiness, but that is far from the truth. I saw my dad give years of his life to an organization that never thought whate was good enough as if to be something more than a minor league playerJensen concluded.

Omar Malavé’s career

As an active player, Malavé always saw action in the minor leagues, wearing the t-shirt of the Toronto Blue Jays (1981-1989). Between 1991 and 2015, the Venezuelan was part of the Blue Jays technical staff in Las Menores. In addition, during the 2010 season, he was a first base coach in the majors.

In the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) directed for 13 courses, with Cardenales de Lara (champion in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999), Caribes de Oriente / Anzoátegui, Leones del Caracas (runner-up in 2004-2005) and Navigators of the Magellan.

Also, in the last season of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) He was manager of the Union Laguna cotton growers. He also served as assistant coach of the Venezuelan national team for the 2006 and 2009 editions of the World Baseball Classic.

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