Hector Olivera, one of the biggest stars of Cuban baseball in the last decade, just signed a six-year contract for $62.5 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He joins Cubans Yasiel Puig, Alexander Guerrero and Erisbel Arruebarruena, also with the Dodgers.
The second semifinal series of the Cuban Baseball Playoffs got underway this afternoon with host Granma slugging its way to a 9-2 win over Ciego de Avila. This evening Matanzas, which won its first game 11-1 Tuesday night, hosts game two vs. Isla de la Juventud.
Postseason 2015 Cuban baseball will begin next Tuesday March 24, when the Isla de la Juventud (49-38) travels to Matanzas (55-32), the season’s league leader. A day later the second and third place finishers, Granma (53-34) and the 2012 champions, Ciego de Avila (50-37) will square off in Granma in the other semifinal series.
Luis Abel Castro hit a bases-loaded double with two out in the top of the ninth to give Isla de la Juvented the tying and winning run that ended the season for Industriales, leaving the Cuban capital out of this year’s playoffs.
With six games left in the regular season six teams still have a chance to obtain one of the four playoff spots. Matanzas, on top of the league for most of the year is cruising with a 51-30 record, followed by the red hot Ciego de Avila and Granma (48-33) at three games back.
The New York Cosmos soccer squad are schedule to play the Cuban national team in June in Havana, reported the New York Times on Sunday. The Cosmos will be the first professional sports team from the United States to play in Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game back in 1999.
Cuban catcher/DH Yosvani Peraza was expelled for the remainder of the current 2014-2015 baseball season after being arrested for people trafficking, according to sources familiar with the case, reported Café Fuerte.
Cuban sports authorities (which tend to smell professionalism everywhere) were very skeptical when the World Series of Boxing kicked off. Three series were held before Cuba decided to enlist in the tournament. In a sense, it didn’t have much of a choice, as the competition was going to be the main way to qualify for the Olympics.
Cuban baseball player Yoan Moncada received the largest bonus ever for the signing of an international amateur player for signing with the Boston Red Sox for a total of about US $30 million, said MLB.com on Monday.
Marathon runner Alberto Cuba Carrero, a Cuban athletics and track legend, decided to steer his life in a new direction and requested political asylum in Holland during a stopover in the country made during his trip back to the island.