Thursday, July 18, 2013
Boom or bust?
The next baseball sensation from Cuba could be in a Major League uniform soon.
According to an industry source, the market is taking shape for Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and the right-hander could sign with a club as early as next week.
The Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox are among the teams that have expressed serious interest in signing the 26-year-old. The Phillies, Blue Jays and Braves are also in the hunt to acquire him.
Scouts believe Gonzalez needs only a few Minor League starts before he pitches in the big leagues and his addition would be similar to acquiring a top pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
They could always show a Puig game…unfortunato, they’ll probably just end up showing another hitless Rich Puig game from 1974.
The first full-length Major League Baseball game in more than 50 years was broadcast on open airwaves in Cuba this week. Unfortunately for local fans, the game was nearly two months old and featured no Cuban stars.
Around 9:30 Sunday night, local sports show Baseball International cut to a full replay of the Atlanta Braves’ 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals from May 2, according to The Associated Press.
The game was shown without commercials and featured play-by-play from Cuban commentators.
But many die-hard fans shrugged after watching the 90-minute matchup, which didn’t feature any big-name Cuban baseball stars.
“It’s interesting to see how they play, but I can’t say it thrilled me all that much because I don’t know any of the players,” one Cuban resident told the AP. “I would really like to see the Cubans, see how they are developing in that league, really see how well they are doing.”
A fan of Havana’s powerhouse team, Industriales, added, “I watched this game for about 45 minutes and didn’t think much of it. Besides, there weren’t any Cubans. That’s what interests us.”
Posted: July 03, 2013 at 11:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
Friday, June 14, 2013
Chemistry problems already? Oh no!
I happen to think Puig was perfectly within his rights to fly off the handle Tuesday night. But that’s not to suggest there aren’t reasons to fret that he is a ticking time bomb in the Dodgers clubhouse.
After his past two games, Puig has refused to speak with reporters. It kind of sounds like no big deal. He hasn’t had much to say anyway and the questions would have undoubtedly been repetitive.
But it’s a bit troubling that, at age 22, with less than two weeks of service time, he thinks he can dictate the terms of his employment. I watched as a veteran team publicist—one who used to work with Fernando Valenzuela when he was in far more demand than this young player is—calmly tried to persuade Puig, through his translator, to change his mind. No dice.
Stand down, it’s just a whiny reporter.
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