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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Influx of Cuban players to MLB could increase steadily - LA Times

I would think Cuba would be able to produce as many major league players as the Dominican Republic.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, cuban free agents

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cuban shortstop Baldoquin joins his Angels family - The Orange County Register

Meet Roberto Baldoquin, and his family.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cuban baseball, roberto baldoquin

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Cuba Diaries: The Last Day of the Caribbean Derek Jeter, Carlos Tabares

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 he’s been the captain of the Industriales—considered the Yankees of Cuba—for more than 10 seasons.

“You could say that I’m a little bit like Derek Jeter,” he says. “I’m well liked by fans, I have a good reputation within the game. You could make those comparisons I suppose.”
But there is a void. Now well past his prime, Tabares will almost surely never play in the Major Leagues.

“That pain will always probably exist,” he says. “It was always a dream to be able to measure yourself against some of the best. I had the opportunity to participate in the first Classic and there I was able to measure myself a bit. And we proved that we were capable of competing against everyone. But yes of course, I would have loved to have been able to play in those big leagues either in the Major Leagues or in Japan or even in Korea. It would have been great to learn from them, and for them to learn from us about our style. And I’ll always feel a bit of pain about that. But maybe not as much anymore. I realize where I am in my career now. I’m just trying to focus on staying physically capable to play.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2015 at 10:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos tabares, cuban baseball, vice sports

Thursday, February 05, 2015

MLB Looks Like on of the First Beneficiaries of New Cuba Policy

According to this, individual players will no longer need to be cleared by OFAC, just establish residence elsewhere.

Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: February 05, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, cuban free agents

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Well-reinforced Cuban team loses Caribbean Series opener

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

 

 

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