2017 Cuban Finals: Despaigne with the Game Winner for Granma. Horses lead the series 1-0

Alfredo Despaigne is the one Cuban star who has not bolted for the United States for the greater gold. He has played a couple years in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines on a contract negotiated by the Cuban government but Chiba did not find themselves in a championship series.

BOXSCORE: Grm 4, Cav 3 (10)

2017 Cuban Finals schedule released

The schedule for the 2017 Cuban Finals, between the Granma Stallions and the Ciego de Avila Tigers, has been realeased.

The series will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:15 pm (EST) with Game 1, and could go as late as Jan. 26, if the Finals need a full seven games to be decided.

Ciego de Avila has home-field advantage in the series after winning more games than Granma during the regular season.

2017 Postseason: Granma Upsets Matanzas in Semi-Final Playoffs

During the regular season Matanzas broke a record for most wins. At the beginning of the season they looked unbeatable, but chinks in the armor were beginning to show during the playoff round. The Granma Stallions advanced to the finals taking the last two games of the seven game series to eliminate the Crocodiles from the championship round, slaying the giant of the regular season. It is not the first time Matanzas has won the regular season with the best record but lost in a playoff series.

56 NS: Cuban Series Winding Down; Matanzas Breaks Cuban Win Record

The Cuban League is now down to the last four teams for the playoffs. Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Villa Clara and Granma appear to be the final four teams with Holquin and Camaguey being eliminated. The four teams will then play it off to see who represents Cuba in the Series del Caribe, though the winning team can add players to their roster to enhance their lineup or rotation. If Granma does not make it to the finals expect Alfredo Despaigne to represent the winning Cuban team in the Series del Caribe.

MLB: Norge L. Ruíz Signs with Athletics

One of the better pitchers out of Cuba, Norge L. Ruíz signed with the Oakland Athletics. Not a big pitcher, standing less than 6′0″ with a pedestrian fastball, he will need to rely on his location to get major league hitters out. Myworld watched him pitch in the Series del Caribe in Puerto Rico. While he did not give up a lot of runs he always seemed to be working out of jams. Myworld expects him to end up in a relief role if he makes the majors, though the Athletics are short on starting pitchers.

Calendar of Baseball International Events for 2017

Below is the calendar of events for baseball in many different geographical areas. 

February 1-7 - Serie del Caribe in Culican, Sinoaloa,Mexico - Home of the Tomateros 

March 6-10 - World Baseball Classic, Pool A Seoul, Korea 

March 7-11 - World Baseball Classic, Pool B, Tokyo Japan

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic Pool C, Miami, Florida, United States 

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic, Pool D, Jalisco, Mexico

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