The current Cuban baseball season is in full swing. After an average of 14 games each squad there is little separating the vast majority of the 16 participating teams. HT was on hand to capture pictures from two recent games in the capital between the host Industriales and Las Tunas and Matanzas. (60 photos)
The top shortstop in Cuban baseball, Erisbel Arruebarruena, has successfully fled the island and is now in the Dominican Republic hoping to make it to the US Major Leagues. He was suspended from playing baseball in Cuba for a failed attempt to leave the island in September.
The Cuban baseball league season is the biggest sporting event on the island. This year it involves 16 teams from each of the provinces and the Isla de la Juventud. Here are my pictures taken at a recent game between Holguin and the home team Santiago de Cuba. (20 photos)
There’s a story in Cuba that in recent months has become a long telenovela. It has everything: jealousy, accusations, joys, deceit – and doesn’t seem to run out of energy. The episodes in the saga of Dayron Robles [former Olympic champion in the 110-meter hurdles] and his longstanding dispute with the Cuban Athletics Federation have filled enough printed pages and on-air TV time than necessary.
A team of top Cuban boxers travels today to Mexico City, where they will face the Guerrero Warriors on Friday as part of the World Series of Boxing, JIT Online reported.
All signs now indicate that change (however slow and perhaps helter-skelter) is very much the defining feature of current National Series play. The first week of November marks the opening of a Cuban baseball season and all signs point to a landmark pennant campaign featuring a surprising (if perhaps unsettling) “new look” structure and also a large dose of tradition-busting aberrations.
Freddy Asiel Alvarez won a close 2-1 game against Matanzas in the official debut of the 2013-2014 Cuban baseball season on Sunday in Santa Clara. The star pitcher was not at his best but managed to go 6.2 innings allowing only 5 hits and an unearned run.
Antonio Castro, son of Fidel Castro and team doctor of the Cuban baseball squad, requested that the Cuban players who fled the island and became professionals in the US Major Leagues be allowed to play with the national team in international tournaments, reported dpa news on Sunday.
Erisbel Arruebarrena, the starting shortstop on Team Cuba, was excluded from his team, Cienfuegos, for the 2013-2014 Cuban baseball season, manager Iday Abreu announced Tuesday. No official explanation was offered on the decision about Arruebarrena, reportedly punished for “serious indiscipline in training.”
Former Las Tunas shortstop Alexander Guerrero has signed a $28 million dollar four-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, reported ESPN. He will join the Cuban outfield sensation Yasiel Puig, who just concluded his first year of a $42 million contract with L.A.