The Ibero-American Triathlon Championship concluded last Sunday in Havana, an event held for the first time in Cuba, and where the island obtained no medals. A total of 372 athletes competed from 29 nations. (12 photos)
Though Cuba’s Villa Clara team had a poor showing at the Caribbean Series last year (the island took part for the first time after 50 years of absence from the tournament), Cuba expects its Pinar del Rio team to fare better at this year’s championship, set to take place in Puerto Rico from February 2 to 8.
Represented by last season’s champs, Pinar del Rio, the Cuban Baseball Federation announced the team to play in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico this coming Feb. 2-8.
The chair of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Federation, Dominican-born Juan Puello Herrera, made official today that a Cuban team may participate in the Caribbean Professional Baseball Series to be held in Puerto Rico next month.
Yoan Lopez, a 21-year-old right-hander has signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The agreement reached for $8.27 million is a record amount for an international player with less than five seasons played in his home country.
We went out to the street to conduct informal interviews with the Cuban public in connection to sports, asking people what they hoped 2015 would bring for Cuban sports. This is what they replied…
For the third straight year of split-season league play, Cuba held its nationally televised player dispersal draft on Christmas night, this time with a new wrinkle. For this year’s National Series #54 edition the mid-year selection of reinforcement players from the eight eliminated teams was expanded from five to seven rounds and thus also from the original 40 to a new total of 56 ballplayers.
In September of 2013, Cuban athletes were authorized to sign sports contracts abroad. More than a year has elapsed since Cuba’s Official Gazette published the measure, which was considered groundbreaking for Cuban sports. Its practical results, however, have left much to be desired.
Major League Baseball authorities are closely following the agreement reached by Cuba and the United States to re-establish diplomatic relations, though the embargo will continue to prevent Cuban baseball players from reaching the league in a normal, straightforward way.
There have indeed been many bizarre, improbable, almost credibility-stretching games played in the Cuban League over the past half-century of “revolutionary” baseball. And now this past week still another oddball event – again a walk-off home run of the most unlikely and unprecedented variety – has staked its claim for a spot atop the growing inventory of classic Cuban League baseball oddities.