What is the Cuban equivalent of a gift-basket?
Tabares has been on five of the Industriales’s 12 championship winning teams. He is considered one of the best postseason players in league history, and holds the record for most postseason hits. His career batting average (.308 at the moment of our conversation) will likely stay above .300 for the remainder of his career, barring a total collapse in his predicted final two seasons. He is a media and fan favorite, and a certain Hall of Famer. And ...
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Nonetheless, a scout for a major league team who has long followed Cuban baseball believes there is still plenty of talent left. He points to Gourriel as a player who would make an impact in the majors right now, and accomplished hitters like Cepeda and Despaigne as possible big-league DHs. Gourriel’s brother, infielder Lourdes Gourriel, is among a group of youngsters who would be high-level major-league prospects, among them pitchers Hector Mendoza and Norge Luis Ruiz.
BA’s Ben Badler writes about Cuba.
Will Cuba have any good players left? Isn’t it time for the Cuban government to officially sanction their players coming to America?
Speaking of power, Chavez laughed when he describing playing with Cuba’s Maximum Leader.
“Fidel was a good pitcher,” he said. “He threw the ball in different styles. A fastball, screwball, everything.
“It was funny because when we were younger, the Cuban national team sometimes played with Fidel. They’d mix the team up and play together. But it was difficult because if Fidel was losing the game, the game wasn’t ended.
“Fidel would say, ‘We have to continue playing.’ We ...
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