The Cuban government lamented today having lost its top baseball player and one of its best prospects, Yulieski and Lourdes Jr. Gourriel.
Cuba was unable to pull off the comeback it did last year to win the Caribbean Series and was eliminated after a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Mexico on Saturday night. It was a sort of revenge for the Mexicans who lost the finals to Cuba 3-2 last year.
Cuba, the defending champions, will face Mexico in the semifinals of the Caribbean Series baseball tournament on Saturday evening after eliminating the host Dominican Republic by a score of 4-2 in 11 innings on Friday.
Venezuela and Puerto Rico advanced Thursday to the semifinals of the Caribbean Series baseball tournament after beating Cuba and the Dominican Republic respectively. Cuba and the DR now square off Friday to determine the final four.
Catcher Sebastian Valle drove in five runs today and Mexico, represented by the Mazatlan Venados, defeated Cuba’s Ciego de Avila Tigers 9-3 to score its second victory in the Caribbean Baseball Series, being played in the Dominican Republic, reported dpa news. Cuba, which had the day off on Monday is now 0-1.
Cuba returned to the Caribbean Baseball Series in February of 2014, represented by Villa Clara. A year later, Pinar del Rio made it to San Juan hoping merely to improve on the terrible image offered by its predecessor…and ended up taking the throne. Now, it’s Ciego de Avila’s turn to represent Cuba, but, unlike on previous occasions, it bears all of the pressure that defending the title secured by Pinar del Rio entails.
Cuba, represented by Ciego de Avila plus reinforcements, is ready to defend its title in the Caribbean Baseball Series from Feb. 1-7 in the Dominican Republic, reported baseballdecuba.com.
Several sports had begun slowly taking steps towards joining the professional world, but Cuban soccer appeared reluctant to take advantage of the reform process launched by the government at the close of 2013. Ultimately, Cuba agreed to a couple of contracts, those of 22-year-olds Maykel Reyes and Abel Martinez, who joined the Mexican club Cruz Azul.
The latest Cuban multi-millionaire is the 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra who has just signed a $30 million plus 6-year contract with the L.A. Dodgers, reports MLB.com.
Following the debacle of finishing fourth in medals at the Toronto Pan-American Games, Cuban sports look to the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21 this year with some reservations.