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Smell good, play good?  MLB players shower in Cologne

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

“You have to look good,” said Astros infielder Aledmys Díaz, 31, a Cuban. “It is the Pin up.”

Before leaving Cuba in 2016, Gurriel said he used cologne from the Antonio Banderas collection – the only brand of cologne he could find. In the United States, he has more options and money, so he buys more frequently. And because he plays first base, he receives visits from opponents throughout the game.

“All the players always say to me, ‘You always smell good,'” he said with a laugh.

Puerto Rico Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor alternates between half a dozen flavors before games and sometimes mixes them up. He said if players feel something they like on the pitch, they wonder what they’re wearing.

Even though most players are often dozens of meters apart on the pitch, Suárez said he likes to hear he smells good. Pérez said he could sometimes pick up the aroma of Luis Severino, a Dominican Yankees pitcher who uses a female body splash, although Severino is 60-foot-6 when facing him.

“I’m a receiver so I sweat a lot,” Pérez said, pointing to all his gear. “So a little perfume helps. Referees say, ‘Oh Salvy, you smell good.’ I say thank you. Give me strikes.

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