MLB | Trump Administration Rejects Agreement Between MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation

By Ed Scimia | OnlineGambling

April 9, 2019

An agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) was canceled by the Trump administration, with officials saying that the deal would have violated United States trade laws.

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The Trump administration has vetoed a deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation, saying it violates US trade law. (Image: Matt Roberts/Getty)

Cuba announces first list of baseball players who can sign with U.S. teams

By Nelson Acosta & Sarah Marsh | Reuters

Apr 2, 2019

Cuba’s Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday a first list of players authorized to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, moving Cuban-U.S. cooperation in the sport forward despite tense broader bilateral relations.

The list announced of 34 players between 17 and 25 years old who classify as international amateurs under MLB rules did not include any major stars. Some, however, have already played professionally abroad like Raidel Martinez who has played in Japan.

2019 Caribbean Series | Tournament Schedule Unveiled. Cuba will play México on Feb 5

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By Ray Otero | BaseballdeCuba Founder | @baseballdecuba

Jan 31, 2019

The Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation unveiled today the schedule for the 2019 Caribbean Series, tournament to be held in Panamá City, Panamá from February 4-10.

2019 Caribbean Series | Serie Del Caribe to Move to Panama

This year the Series del Caribe was supposed to be played in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, the home of the Lara Cardenales. Because of the violence occurring there a number of teams were not willing to travel there and Major League Baseball (MLB) warned minor leaguers to stay away.

Mexico had bailed Venezuela out last year when political violence prevented that country from being the host but they were hesitant to do it again. So now the games will be played in Panama at the Rod Carew stadium.

2019 Cuban Finals | Las Tunas Wins First Cuban Championships

When myworld first discovered Cuban baseball, Las Tunas was one of the teams you could count on to finish at the bottom of the standings.

With defections and many of the top players bolting for the United States the landscape has changed for Cuban baseball.

For the most part teams in the Nacional Series are composed of players who grow up in their barrio, except for the Capital which can sometimes acquire top players from other teams.

2019 Postseason | Las Tunas and Villa Clara into the Finals

The series only went five games for both Las Tunas and Villa Clara to advance to the Cuban finals. Both teams lost the fourth game after winning the first three but Las Tunas won the fifth game on the road while Villa Clara got to celebrate at home.

Las Tunas beat Ciego de Avila 4-1 in the semifinals to advance to their second consecutive Cuban Finals

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