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Friday, January 27, 2017

Cuba’s Caribbean Series Roster Includes Alfredo Despaigne, Victor Mesa | BaseballAmerica.com

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Among prospects, Victor Mesa (the son of the long time Cuban national team manager of the same name) is the most exciting player on the roster. Mesa, 20, is a dynamic center fielder with excellent athleticism and tools coming off a breakout season in which he batted .359/.399/.539 in 290 plate appearances, ranking seventh in the league in batting average and sixth in slugging. Mesa was by far the league leader in stolen bases with 40 steals in 50 attempts. Guillermo Aviles, a lefty who plays first base and the outfield, is also on the team. Aviles, 24, batted .306/.419/.441 in 344 plate appearances.

Cuba’s roster also includes Yoelkis Cespedes, the 19-year-old brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Yoelkis plays for Granma, the team Yoenis spent his career with when he played in Cuba.

Notably absent from the team is 20-year-old outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez, one of Cuba’s best young players. Martinez is expected to be on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team in March.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 09:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pleskoff: Baseball in Cuba: Part I - The Atmosphere

A few people have floated the idea of a MLB team in Cuba. It’s not going to happen.

Games in Cuba are local celebrations. Tickets for Cubans cost the equivalent of 17 to 19 cents. For Americans, the price was three CUKs, a tourist currency, with each CUK translating to one American dollar. Tourists purchase CUKs at the hotel or a bank for a service fee. Locals pay for any goods and services not provided by the government in Cuban pesos which carry a different value than a CUK.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
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