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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dodgers reportedly add Cuban prospects Yusniel Diaz, Omar Estevez

The Dodgers have reportedly landed a pair of Cuban teenagers, with a $15.5 million deal for outfielder Yusniel Diaz and $6 million for infielder Omar Estevez, per Jesse Sanchez of

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 22, 2015 at 07:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Leaving Cuba: Why Pirates bullpen coach Euclides Rojas risked everything for freedom | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Euclides Rojas.

Yes, Euclides. He was the first closer in the history of the Cuban national team, a good friend and teammate.

“Euclides was intelligent,” de la Torre recalls. “To be a good reliever, you should have the nerves of a surgeon and the control of a robot. With these qualities, you can do what you want.”

They have not spoken in more than 20 years, since Rojas’ desire for freedom pushed him into the ocean on a makeshift raft with his wife and 2-year-old son. De la Torre does not know what became of Rojas — that he is now the bullpen coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, teaching professional pitchers some of the same lessons he learned right here at the field of his childhood.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
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