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Smell Good, Play Good? MLB Players Douse Themselves in Cologne

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Within the minors, where players often make meager salaries, Pérez said he didn’t see many players spraying themselves before games. But within the majors, the whole lot is more, from the paychecks to the notoriety.

“You’ve got to look good,” said Astros infielder Aledmys Díaz, 31, a Cuban. “That is the show.”

Before he defected from Cuba in 2016, Gurriel said he used a cologne from the Antonio Banderas Collection — the one cologne brand he could find. In the US, he has more options and money, so he buys more regularly. And since he plays first base, he gets visits from opponents throughout the sport.

“All of the players at all times tell me, ‘You usually smell good,’” he said, laughing.

Francisco Lindor, the Mets shortstop from Puerto Rico, rotates between half a dozen scents before games and sometimes mixes them. He said that if players catch a whiff of something they like on the sector, they ask one another what they’re wearing.

Despite the fact that most players are sometimes several dozen feet away from one another on the sector, Suárez said he likes hearing that he smells good. Pérez said he can sometimes pick up the aroma of Luis Severino, a Dominican pitcher for the Yankees who uses a women’s body splash, despite Severino being 60 feet 6 inches away when facing him.

“I’m a catcher so I sweat lots,” Pérez said, pointing to all his gear. “So slightly perfume helps. The umpires say, ‘Oh Salvy, you smell good.’ I say, ‘Thanks. Give me some strikes.’”

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