In the minors, the place gamers typically make meager salaries, Pérez mentioned he didn’t see many gamers spraying themselves earlier than video games. But within the majors, every thing is extra, from the paychecks to the notoriety.

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

Before he defected from Cuba in 2016, Gurriel mentioned he used a cologne from the Antonio Banderas Collection — the one cologne model he may discover. In the United States, he has extra choices and cash, so he buys extra often. And as a result of he performs first base, he will get visits from opponents all through the sport.

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

Francisco Lindor, the Mets shortstop from Puerto Rico, rotates between half a dozen scents earlier than video games and generally mixes them. He mentioned that if gamers catch a whiff of one thing they like on the sphere, they ask one another what they’re sporting.

Even although most gamers are sometimes a number of dozen ft away from one another on the sphere, Suárez mentioned he likes listening to that he smells good. Pérez mentioned he can generally decide up the aroma of Luis Severino, a Dominican pitcher for the Yankees who makes use of a ladies’s physique splash, regardless of Severino being 60 ft 6 inches away when dealing with him.

“I’m a catcher so I sweat a lot,” Pérez mentioned, pointing to all his gear. “So a little perfume helps. The umpires say, ‘Oh Salvy, you smell good.’ I say: ‘Thank you. Give me some strikes.’”