An outing to the baseball stadium in Guantanamo. There are certain regulars in the stands that are hard to ignore during a game. (12 photos)
While November rolls around and the much-awaited continuation of talks between the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) and Major League Baseball (MLB) near, Cuban players living on the island have received extraordinary news: the MLB has issued a communiqué announcing that Cubans are now free to join teams of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (CBPC).
It’s hard to believe that two years have gone by since the new legislation allowing Cuban athletes to sign contracts abroad was announced and that relatively few of those contracts have actually been signed.
Of the numerous choices of things to do and discover while visiting Cuba, numerous readers express interest in attending a Cuban league baseball game. This year’s season just began a little over a week ago.
The new season starts on August 29th with an inaugural match between last year’s finalists, Ciego de Avila (the champion) and the Isle of Youth. Many questions abound on the future of Cuban baseball.
In the game last Sunday between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, three of the four runs scored in the 3-1 White Sox victory, came on solo homers from three different Cuban players, Jorge Soler, Jose Dariel Abreu and Alexei Ramírez.
Cuba’s fourth place at the recently concluded Pan-American Games was as unexpected as it was painful. With 36 gold medals, 20 less than planned, Cuba walked away with the slimmest gold harvest since 1971, when the incredible story of how the island became the United States’ runner-up at these tournaments began to be written in Cali, Colombia.
The latest Pan-American Games came to an end and Cuban sports authorities are very much distressed. The local predictions made prior to the competition suffered from an excess of optimism. Cuba’s delegation came out in fourth place. The official aim of retaining the island’s second place was not reached.
Cuba didn’t fare too well at the Pan-American Games. For the first time since 1967, it came in fourth, bumped back from the habitual second place, and saw an avalanche of desertions by athletes who left for the United States.
Former Cuban athlete Javier Sotomayor, considered the best high jumper in history, was just nationalized Spanish, reported dpa news.