Yasmani Tomas, one of the most recent stars of the Cuban baseball league to flee the island, signed a six-year $68.5 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks, reported dpa news on Wednesday.
It was a long-awaited baseball resurrection of sorts and it most appropriately came in an event Cuba has so long dominated. With a resounding five-game sweep of the field at this week’s 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Cuba not only regained a hefty measure of its badly tarnished reputation but did so in an impressive – almost flawless fashion.
Cuba, the big favorite in the baseball tournament of the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, did not disappoint its fans and finished with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship game Friday night at the Beto Avila stadium in Veracruz.
Cuba came from behind to win a hard fought semifinal game on Thursday 6-3 over the Dominican Republic. They will now face Nicaragua – which defeated Puerto Rico 2-1 in the other semifinal-, on Friday night in the finals of the baseball tournament of the Central American and Caribbean Games taking place in Veracruz, Mexico.
An expected victory over Guatemala, in seven innings and by the mercy rule with 10-0 score, sent Team Cuba to the semifinals of the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, in the city of Veracruz, Mexico.
The annual Marabana marathon took place last Sunday with 3,800 participants, including 664 foreigners, aiming for the full run at 42 kilometers, or the half marathon at 21 kms. The action got underway in front of the Capitolio building at 7:00 a.m. (23 photos)
A pitching gem by right-hander Norge Luis Ruiz (1-0) during 8 innings and a final scone from Hector Mendoza, allowed Cuba to open with a 4-0 win over Puerto Rico at Beto Avila stadium in Veracruz on Saturday at the start of the baseball tournament at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
As expected, José Dariel Abreu, the Chicago White Sox first baseman from Cienfuegos, Cuba, received a unanimous vote Monday on 30 ballots of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the Rookie of the Year of the American League.
The Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday its team of 24 players for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games to be held from Nov. 14-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.
Roberto Sullivan Baldoquin, a 20-year-old infielder who played for Cuba’s Las Tunas team for three seasons, has been rewarded for his efforts after leaving the country of his birth, signing an 8-million-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Angels this Tuesday.