The older brother of Cuban baseball star Yulieski Gourriel signed with the Québec les Capitales minor league team for the summer, making him the first Cuban player to become a professional in Canada with the blessing of his country’s authorities.
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Cubans join the Ottawa Champions team roster next season in the independent Can-Am League
The national commissioner of baseball in Cuba, Heriberto Suarez, announced in mid-May – a day before the start of the new season of the Can-Am League – that the Ottawa Champions had confirmed on their official website the participation of the Donal Duarte and Alexander Malleta on the club’s roster. Continue reading
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
(October, 2014) – The magic of Cuban baseball keeps gaining ground in the world’s major leagues as Cuba has allowed its players to take part in top foreign tournaments under a policy that is being improved constantly. Continue reading
(Sept. 26) – With a batting average of .321, Yuniesky Gourriel returned to Cuba from his stint in the Capitales de Québec, a team in the CanAm Independent League. The opportunity to play in Canada was a result of the flexibility in hiring provided by Cuba’s new baseball policy.
Shortly after the start of the 54th National Baseball Series, the Industriales’ centerfielder appeared happy to return to his Cuban homeland after proving his worth in Canada in the previous two months. Continue reading
Gourriel sets a political precedent that is in contrast to Major League Baseball’s restrictive practice regarding Cuba. Citing U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Major League Baseball (MLB) still forces Cuban players to defect before joining its teams, reports the CUBA STANDARD