Smell good, play good? MLB players splash water in Cologne

In the minors, where players often earn meager salaries, Perez said he hasn’t seen many players spray before games. But in majors everything is more, from salary to fame.

“You have to look good,” said 31-year-old Astros player Aledmis Diaz from Cuba. “It in show. “

Before fleeing Cuba in 2016, Gurriel said he wore cologne from the Antonio Banderas collection, the only cologne he could find. In the US, he has more opportunities and money, so he buys more often. And because he plays first base, he is visited by opponents throughout the game.

“All the players always tell me, ‘You always smell good,’” he said, laughing.

Francisco Lindor, a Mets shortstop from Puerto Rico, changes half a dozen flavors before games and occasionally mixes them. He said that if players smell something they like on the pitch, they ask each other what they’re wearing.

Despite the fact that most of the players on the field are often within a few dozen feet of each other, Suarez said he likes to hear that he smells good. Pérez said he can sometimes pick up the flavor of Luis Severino, a Dominican Yankee pitcher who uses female body splash despite Severino being 60 feet 6 inches away when he faces him.

“I’m a catcher, so I sweat a lot,” Perez said, pointing to all of his gear. “So a little perfume helps. The judges say, “Oh Salvi, you smell good.” I say, “Thank you. Hit me a few times.”