Jorge Soler is the latest in a string of Cuban baseball stars and prospects to have a smashing start in Major League Baseball. The 22-year-old outfielder homered in his first at bat on Tuesday in Cincinnati and went 8-for-15 in his first four games (against the Reds and St. Louis), including three homers and seven RBIs.
Cuban pitcher Diosdany Castillo Vergel has fled Cuba and is currently training in Mexico, driven by the dream of playing in the US Major Leagues, sources close to the baseball player told Café Fuerte. He played for Villa Clara in the Cuban league.
??Cuban rower Angel Fournier moved Thursday to semifinals of the singles heavyweight event, at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, reported Prensa Latina.
Cuban sports authorities have just degraded yet another of their baseball greats: former player, coach and manager Antonio Pacheco, known as the “Captain of Captains” till recently.
Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo became the latest multi-millionaire from the island by signing a $72 million contract on Friday with the Boston Red Sox, the highest amount awarded thus far to a player from the island.
“What I don’t understand is that they should work so hard to look for the games to broadcast that are ultimately the least attractive for us, the ones with no Cuban players,” says a baseball fan at Havana’s Parque Central sports talk corner.
On Tuesday night, journalists from Havana’s radio station COCO brought surprising news to all baseball aficionados, particularly those in the Cuban capital. Construction delays and an earlier start date for the upcoming baseball season may force Industriales to play temporarily at an alternative venue.
A Cuban court has imposed 5-year prison sentences on three young men implicated in a plot to smuggle renowned baseball players out of the country through a human trafficking operation allegedly run from the United States by Major League star Yaisel Puig.
Former Cuban baseball player Gabriel Pierre, the renowned third-base of Santiago de Cuba and a Cuban sports luminary, has arrived in Miami with his family after requesting political asylum from US authorities. Pierre, a talented slugger who accumulated 306 home-runs in 18 national baseball series and became one of Santiago de Cuba’s “fear-inspiring” stars, arrived in Miami in the early morning of this past Saturday, after crossing the Mexican border and requesting asylum in the United States.
Cuba is sending a team with many young prospects and some veterans to the Simon Bolivar Tournament to take place in Cartagena, Colombia from August 6-8. The team will be managed by the controversial Victor Mesa.