MLB 2019 | Rangel Ravelo to become Cuban #209 in the Majors

By Mark Polishuk | MLB Trade Rumors

Jun 17, 2019

The Cardinals are set to add minor league infielder Rangel Ravelo to their big league roster, The Athletic’s Robert Murray reports (Twitter link). 

How a baseball coach from Hoffman Estates ended up teaching in Cuba

By Burt Constable | Daily Herald | Photos: Bev Horne, Staff Photographer & Peter Caliendo

The relationship between the United States and Cuba became strained last week when the Trump administration banned U.S. cruise ships from sailing to the island nation and cracked down on other travel there. But the relationship between longtime baseball coach and executive Peter Caliendo of Hoffman Estates and Cuba has never been better.

MLB 2019 | Yanks acquire veteran 1B/DH Morales from A's

By Chad Thornburg/MLB

May 15, 2019

The Yankees acquired first baseman Kendrys Morales and cash from the Oakland A's on Tuesday for a player to be named or cash considerations, the club announced.

Morales, 35, hit .204 (22-for-108) with one double, one triple, one home run and seven RBIs in 34 games with the A's before he was designated for assignment Monday.

Cuba wins the inaugural Baseball5 Americas Open, Venezuela second

After a rough start with a loss to host Colombia on the opening game on day 1, finally Cuba wins the inaugural Baseball5 Americas Open in a final with Venezuela.

Like the opening round, also the finals were played over a series of best to 3 games. Cuba passed 2-0 with a score 12-7 and 11-1

The final standings are completed by Colombia, who won over Puerto Rico in the third place final series 2-0, with Guatemala closing in fifth.

Opinion: Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

By Cesar Brioso | USA Today

Apr 9, 2019

So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors.

When the Trump administration abruptly canceled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue.

Players will continue to defect from Cuba.

And they will continue to put their lives at risk by hiring smugglers and human traffickers in order to leave the island.