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Monday, October 31, 2016

Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians stars repping Puerto Rico in World Series

An Indians-Cubs World Series is more than a meeting of two franchises in the midst of long title droughts—it’s also the first meeting in the Fall Classic of three ballplayers born in Puerto Rico, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez. Lindor and Baez are two of the brightest young players in the game—Lindor was an All Star this year, and Baez has been the postseason’s breakout star—and both credit Perez as a role model (at 27, he’s the elder statesman; Baez is 23 and Lindor is 22). All three players talked about what it means to represent Puerto Rico in the World Series and how they’ve enjoyed watching the others play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, puerto rico, world series

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MLB, MLBPA move to help baseball in Puerto Rico. After hurting baseball in Puerto Rico.

Yesterday Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union announced that they will play games in Puerto Rico as part of a plan to develop and support baseball on the island. They likewise pledged $5 million for the creation of development programs in Puerto Rico and plan to stage special events there.

The press release about this made mention of Puerto Rico’s undeniably outstanding baseball tradition. What it did not mention is that, in the view of many, Major League Baseball itself harmed that tradition significantly when it decided to subject Puerto Rican players to the draft in 1990. A move that the MLBPA signed off on too, of course. Indeed, there’s a pretty strong argument that, if it were not for MLB and the MLBPA’s own acts, there would be no need to “develop and support” baseball in Puerto Rico like this at all.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
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