USA Baseball to Host Cuba in Friendship Series

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday that the two international baseball powers will continue their home-and-home international friendship series in the U.S. this July. 2015 will mark the fourth consecutive year the two countries have met on the baseball diamond for a five-game series. The U.S. hosted in 2013, while Cuba hosted the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012 and 2014.

Cuba Strikes Gold with its First Caribbean Series Crown in More Than a Half-Century

A spirited 2014 Cuban National Series champion Pinar del Río ball club, reinforced with some of the Caribbean island’s biggest stars, staged a rather stunning comeback in San Juan on the final weekend of Caribbean Series #57 and thus made history in the process. The inspired win erased the deep disappointments of last year’s long-awaited return to Caribbean Series competition, where the country had not appeared since a 1960 title by the professional league Cienfuegos Elefantes closed out the First Stage of the annual winter league championships.

Cuba Announces Team for Caribbean Baseball Series

Vegueros de Pinar del Río

Represented by last season’s champs, Pinar del Rio, the Cuban Baseball Federation announced the team to play in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico this coming Feb. 2-8.

The series involves teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba. The teams are allowed to stack their squads with top players from other teams in their respective local leagues.

54th National Series: Granma Stops Artemisa

Urmaris Guerra

Urmani Guerra went 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Granma Horses to a 12-2 romp over the Artemisa Hunters Wednesday afternoon in Cuban National Series action.

The Horses roughed up Artemisa starter Jose Luis Padron (1-2) early with four runs in the opening frame, and chased the right-hander with another four-run frame in the third.

Cuban League’s Expanded Player Draft

For the third straight year of split-season league play, Cuba held its nationally televised player dispersal draft on Christmas night, this time with a new wrinkle. For this year’s National Series #54 edition the mid-year selection of reinforcement players from the eight eliminated teams was expanded from five to seven rounds and thus also from the original 40 to a new total of 56 ballplayers.