Venezuela pitcher Ramon Ramirez throws a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

No moment of silence for Hugo Chavez before Mets-Venezuela game either

When the Venezuelan national baseball team received word that Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday, their manager and former-Yankee Luis Sojo gave an impassioned plea to Miami Marlins officials to have a moment of silence and fly flags at half-staff. He was informed that they would not be able to honor the request.

Wednesday, before an exhibition game against the New York Mets, team Venezuela didn’t try again.

Hugo Chavez who died on Tuesday, was a huge baseball fan and loved his Venezuelan national team. (AP images)

Hugo Chavez who died on Tuesday, was a huge baseball fan and loved his Venezuelan national team. (AP images)

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson checked with the Venezuelan contingent before the game and was informed there was no expectation of a moment of silence or the Venezuelan flag flying at half-staff, ESPN reported.

National teams are playing major league teams in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

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“It was depressing,” Sojo said about Chavez death. “There’s a lot of things going on right now in Venezuela. People are worried about it.” Sojo said he spoke with the team Tuesday regarding family members back home.

“I don’t want people to think about that,” Sojo said. “I know for a fact a lot of guys started calling their family members. So far everything is good.”

Venezuela’s baseball team was taking pregame batting practice before their game against the Marlins when players heard the news of his death.

“He was a baseball man,” Sojo said after the 6-5 loss to the Marlins. “At the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009, the first call in the morning was his. And after the game, he used to call me, too. It’s a very sad moment for our country. We wish the best to his family, we know they are going through a tough time right now.”

A Venezuela spokesman said the team requested a pre-game moment of silence for Chavez and asked that flags be flown at half-staff, but was told all parties involved — the Marlins, Major League Baseball (MLB) and Roger Dean Stadium — were not prepared to do so.

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A Marlins spokesman said a joint decision was made not to do so because “there wasn’t enough time to honor the request,” according to the Miami Herald. The Venezuelan flag was brought to half staff for several minutes while the team took batting practice but the flag was eventually returned to full staff.

The Venezuelan minister of sports, Hector Rodriguez, relayed a message asking to, “Please tell the guys to concentrate on sports and leave the political stuff out.”

Pitcher Carlos Zambrano has hopes that they will be able to honor Chavez as the World Baseball Classic tournament gets underway.

“There are things we can’t control,” Zambrano said. “For the respect of Venezuela, they have to do something before the first game against the Dominican Republic (at the WBC in Puerto Rico).”

The Venezuelan team, which features many top players from the MLB, will now try to win the tournament for Chavez. While they defeated the United States to come in third place in 2009, they would have to topple Japan, who won the first two tournaments.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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