(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
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.