Gamel commits to Venezuelan winter league

Third baseman Mat Gamel has finalized his plans to play winter ball in Caracas, Venezuela, beginning right after Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a hectic winter, because Gamel also has plans to marry his girlfriend, Julianne, on Nov. 21. The couple had a daughter during Spring Training.

“She understands how important this is, how important in the club’s eyes it is for me to go,” Gamel said. “This game is about sacrifice, and so is marriage. I have to go down there to get some at-bats.”

Among Gamel’s Caracas teammates will be infielder Adam Heether, who spent most of 2009 at Triple-A Nashville.

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