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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 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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How Will MLB Handle Big Changes With Cuba? - BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s Ben Badler writes about Cuba.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 02:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hector Olivera Leaves Cuba - BaseballAmerica.com

Will Cuba have any good players left? Isn’t it time for the Cuban government to officially sanction their players coming to America?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, international free agents

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Old Cuban stars don’t begrudge ballplayers who defect - The Boston Globe

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 had to play until his team got ahead or at least was tied.’’

Chavez said he once doubled off Castro, but he tried not to hit the ball up the middle against him.

“That was sometimes dangerous,” he said. “It was not good to hurt Fidel, OK?”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, red sox

 

 

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