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Five Cuban players sign with Can-Am league

Five Cuban baseball players that will participate in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am) League, signed their respective contracts on May 5, in the protocol lounge of Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium.

Pitcher Lázaro Blanco, and infielders Yurisbel Gracial and Yordan Manduley will be representing Les Capitales de Québec; while Miguel Lahera, also a pitcher, will play alongside shortstop Alexander Ayala in the ranks of Les Aigles de Trois-Rivières
According to Michel Laplante, Can-Am vice president, outfielder Julio Pablo Martínez will join the Quebec franchise at a later date, given delays processing his visa.

Speaking to the press gathered at the stadium, Manduley stated, “Last year I was only able to participate in two games, and now I’ll try to repay the team for the trust they have placed in me after signing me again.”

For his part, Blanco hopes that his participation in the league will help raise his level of play, “It’s a challenging league with a higher level than that of the National Series. I still don’t know if I’ll be playing as an opener or reliever.”

Finally, Gracial noted,“I played as shortstop after Manduley was injured in the previous season, but now I hope to play third-base as usual, and contribute more in the way of offence and defence.”

Meanwhile, it was also announced that another four players are set to join the ranks of Can-Am league teams, including receiver Yulexis La Rosa, shortstop Yorbis Borroto, and pitchers Ian Rendón and Noelvis Entenza.

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Fidel Castro and baseball

His fastball has long since died. He still has a few curveballs which he throws at us routinely. – Nicholas Burns, U.S. State Department Spokesman

BY PETER C. BJARKMAN*

(August 18, 2016) – Most baseball fans tend to take their idle ballpark pastimes far too seriously. On momentary reflection, even a diehard rooter would have to admit that big-league baseball’s most significant historical figures – say, Mantle, Cobb, Barry Bonds, Walter Johnson, even Babe Ruth himself – are only mere blips on the larger canvas of world events. After all, 95 per cent (perhaps more) of the globe’s population has little or no interest whatsoever in what transpires on North American ballpark diamonds. Babe Ruth may well have been one of the grandest icons of American popular culture, yet little in the nature of world events would have been in the slightest degree altered if the flamboyant Babe had never escaped the rustic grounds of St. Mary’s School for Boys in Baltimore. Continue reading

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Cuban youth goodwill tour lands in New England

Cuban and US players watch batting practice from the field at Fenway Park

Cuban and US players watch batting practice from the field at Fenway Park

REYNALDO CRUZ*

THEY CAME ON A GRAY, drizzly Sunday morning, on a bus from Canada after flying from Varadero, Cuba, following an 11-hour drive from the Cuban city of Holguin. Continue reading

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Cuba’s national baseball team plays in Canada and USA

Cuba’s national baseball team is in Canada from June 9 – 19 to play 10 games against the three Canadian teams in the Can-Am professional baseball league. All games will count towards Can-Am League standings. After its games in Canada, the Cuban team will play a further nine games against the three Can-Am teams based in the U.S. A final match will take place July 2 in Trois‐Rivières, Quebec between Cuba and the Japanese team Shikoku Island League All-Stars, who are playing regular season games against Can-Am teams at the same time as the Cuban team. Continue reading

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Why do we not play in the major leagues?

By Roberto Ramírez

(July 7, 2015) – As often happens at other events, the presence of the Cuban national baseball team in the XVII Pan Am Games leads fans and colleagues who are unaware of our reality to ask why its stars do not play in U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB).

And the question holds a certain logic since everyone sees the majors as the mecca of the sport, and the very media that promote the signing of multi-million dollar contracts as the realization of the so-called American dream do not talk about the reality that makes things so incredibly different for Cuba. Continue reading

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Illegal trafficking of Cuban baseball players

U.S.-based Cuban journalist Edmundo Garcia in March 2012 wrote about the problem of Cuban baseball players being caught up with unscrupulous human traffickers in the Dominican Republic, with their ultimate destination the U.S. major leagues. Garcia cited a front page story on March 10, 2012 in the Dominican newspaper Listín Diario entitled “Edgar Mercedes arrested for trafficking Cuban baseball players.” Continue reading

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Cuba–US: Baseball and the Cold War

GABRIEL MOLINA on how US Major League Baseball and the Eisenhower administration sabotaged professional baseball in Cuba for counter-revolutionary aims

Built in 1946, Estadio Latinoamericano, the home of the Havana Sugar Kings, is by far the largest ballpark in Cuba, with a capacity of 55,000. Known as the Colossus of Cerro and Gran Stadium, the entire grandstand is covered, and there are open bleachers in the outfield. It is the home of Los Industriales and the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame | http://ballparkdigest.com/

Built in 1946, Estadio Latinoamericano, the home of the Havana Sugar Kings, is by far the largest ballpark in Cuba, with a capacity of 55,000. Known as the Colossus of Cerro and Gran Stadium, the entire grandstand is covered, and there are open bleachers in the outfield. It is the home of Los Industriales and the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame | http://ballparkdigest.com/

Not even organized baseball escaped the many-faceted, relentless undeclared war the U.S. government has been waging against Cuba for the last almost half a century.

An alleged incident in Cerro Stadium on June 25, 1959 served as the pretext for Washington to cancel the island’s franchise for the Cuban Sugar Kings, a team in the Triple-A International League, the doorway to Major League baseball. It was not something that happened by chance or casually. Continue reading

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