Sad news from Havana this morning reports the unexpected and shockingly premature passing of veteran National Series lefthander and current Industriales pitching coach Luis Felipe Díaz.
Cuban baseball’s top shortstop only months ago, Erisbel Arruebarrena, has signed a $25 million dollar five-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports MLB.com on Saturday.
Pitcher Freddy Asiel Alvarez, a star of the national Cuban team currently playing with Villa Clara, was suspended today from the Cuban baseball league, for a display of “unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers reached Wednesday a preliminary agreement with the Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena, who abandoned the national team last November, reports Diario de Cuba.
Cuba’s national baseball team is at a modern day low. Meanwhile, the economic reform process, referred to as “updating”, is leading the nation downhill rather than bringing about the expected benefits. Are these two phenomena unrelated? NO, our baseball performance reflects, in some manner, the country’s current situation. Let us look at a number of concrete episodes of our country’s history.
The Caribbean Series baseball tournament came to a close on Saturday night with the defending champion, Mexico, represented by the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, defeating Puerto Rico’s Indios de Mayaguez in the final game by a score of 7-1 at Margarita Island, Venezuela.
Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, two former stars of Major League Baseball, surprisingly landed Saturday in Havana and toured the city to the joy of Cuban fans.
Pietro Resta is a fan of Milan’s Inter soccer club, but he has still a long way to go before he can play on the team of his dreams. After giving his all in Italy’s Fiorentina and Siena teams, the Italian soccer player is now trying his luck in the Caribbean for Cuba’s Ciudad de la Habana club.
One loss or even three straight losses does not a full season or a full tournament make. A single brilliant pitching performance or the sudden awakening of long dormant bats all-too-often ultimately saves the day in this beautiful sport so free of the noisome ticking of an intruding time piece.
Villa Clara latched on to the arm of Vicyohandry Odelín and managed a 2-1 win yesterday over Puerto Rico that keeps them faintly alive in the Caribbean Series. In the other tournament game host Venezuela defeated the Dominican Republic by the same score.